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Northwest Area Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The mission of the foundation is to support the efforts by the people, organizations and communities in the eight state region, (MN, IA, SD, ND, MT, ID, WA, and OR), to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity. By funding the work of proven and promising organizations, the foundation will focus on three outcomes: Increased assets and wealth among people with low incomes; Increased capacity and leadership to reduce poverty; and Improved public policy solutions to reduce poverty.


Incorporated in 1934 in MN as Lexington Foundation; name changed to Louis W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation in 1950; present name adopted 1975 - The eight contiguous states in the Northwest Area Foundation's service area (Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington) were served by the Great Northern Railway, founded by James J. Hill. In 1934, his son, Louis W. Hill, established the foundation The foundation is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement.


Northwest Area Foundation

Independent foundation



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60 Plato Blvd. E., Ste. 400 Saint Paul, MN United States 55107-1832

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