Community Stories

Stories show impact. Every day, the work of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, our partners and our donors makes a difference in our region. Read the stories to learn more!

Breaking the Cycle: CHUM


The Community Opportunity Fund pools money from people like you to respond nimbly to urgent and emerging needs in our community. Over 40 years the fund has put more than $13M into pressing issues in Duluth/Superior and the surrounding region. Watch this video to learn how one of our grant recipients, Chum, is addressing poverty and homelessness through early childhood education.

Two children at play

Ryan family legacy


Loss becomes comfort and community support. When Dr. Edward and Jane Ryan both passed away, their family felt the pain of loss. Two kind and loving parents, mentors, and guides were out of reach. The Ryan family honored the values instilled by their parents and continued a commitment to support the Duluth community.

Noah Farr


At age 36, Noah Farr returned to school. His work ethic, paired with an Opportunity to Rise Scholarship from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, led to a debt-free education. Beginning in the civil engineering program at Lake Superior College, Farr reached for an advanced degree in land surveying at St. Cloud State University. He gained confidence and knowledge about the value of scholarships.

Friends of Finland


The Friends of Finland build up their rural, North Shore community through planning and leadership. Grant funding from the Community Opportunity Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation supports their efforts.