From humble beginnings and a desire to help the Twin Ports amid challenges, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation was born.
In 1980, Duluth and Superior were experiencing an economic low point, with a declining population and high unemployment. In 1981, donations funded a feasibility study for a Duluth Community Foundation. That led to a mission statement, bylaws and initial incorporation a year later. In 1983, the Bush Foundation provided a $750,000 challenge grant, Superior joined the service area, and the foundation re-incorporated as the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation—the organization it is today. From its base in the Twin Ports, the foundation now covers dozens of communities across 12 counties in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.
The Apostle Islands-Chequamegon Bay Area Community Fund supports nonprofits in Bayfield and Ashland Counties of northwest Wisconsin. Apostle Islands funds provide resources to Red Cliff, Bayfield and the Apostle Islands, including Madeline Island. Chequamegon Bay funds cover work in Washburn, Ashland and Bad River. The Apostle Islands fund started in 2000. The Chequamegon Bay fund started in 2011. They merged governance in 2019 but have separate grant responsibilities and committees covering the two portions of their region.
The Cook County Community Fund enhances the quality of life in Cook County, Minnesota, by empowering local nonprofits through philanthropy, education and collaboration. The fund began in 2003 to enhance the quality of life for people in Cook County by attracting charitable gifts, making philanthropic grants and providing responsible financial stewardship and community leadership.
The Eveleth Community Foundation Fund began in 2008, serving as a resource for the Eveleth area. Through its advisory board of community leaders, the fund attracts and administers a growing endowment for our area’s future, identifies and effectively responds to changing community needs through strategic grant-making and provides financial stewardship as well as community leadership.
The Two Harbors Area Fund began in 1998 and seeks to enhance the quality of life for residents of Two Harbors and the surrounding area. The fund serves as a resource and catalyst for giving, attracts and administers a growing endowment, provides a flexible vehicle for donors and responds to existing and emerging community needs through grantmaking.