Matt Varilek, President of the Initiative Foundation, discusses collaborating with partners and organizations to support local projects that help improve the economy, build the community and promote philanthropy.
Denae Alamano, Executive Director of United Way of Bemidji Area, discusses how the organization supports Minnesota’s nonprofits through different projects to ensure that they can continue to do important work for their communities.
Bill Sanford, Jeff Hanks and Dennis Weimann of Lakeland Public Television, discuss serving several, diverse local communities across northern Minnesota through valuable, educational public programming.
Bill Blackwell Jr., Director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University (BSU), discusses the role of the organization in supporting successful generations of American Indian students and in preserving and celebrating indigenous cultures.
Mary Mitchell, Executive Director and Hanna Klemm, Farm Manager, of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf discuss helping families overcome food insecurities in the face of adversity and some of the challenges the organization faces in providing such a vital service to the community.
Laura Seter, Executive Director of Region 2 Arts Council, discusses the role of the organization in supporting new artists and creative ideas to drive innovation within the communities of northern Minnesota.