Twin Ports

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.