Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Inc

Location: 222 East Superior St., Ste. 302 Zeitgeist Arts BuildingDuluth MN 55802

EIN: 41-1429402

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Phone: (218) 726-0232

Fax: (218) 726-0257

Website: www.dsacommunityfoundation.com



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20 hours




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Important Information

2017 Deadlines: February 1, March 1, April 1, August 1 and October 1

Types of Grants Awarded: Project, Operating and Management/Technical Assistance

Geographic Focus: Northeast Minnesota, Northwest Wisconsin


The Foundation is comprised of a collection of many funds established by individuals, families, private foundations and companies to enhance the quality of life in northeast Minnesota (Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties) and northwest Wisconsin (Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas).
• Unrestricted Endowment Fund: Created by the pooled gifts of many donors to a permanent endowment from which distributions are made by the Foundation Board. These grants are guided by established criteria in the areas of arts, community and economic development, education, environment and human services. Funding is determined based on regional needs, the availability of other funding sources and the level of the Foundation's resources with priority given to new projects and organizational start-ups.
• Field of Interest: Created by donors with the purpose of providing support in a particular field of interest, such as arts or education, a specific geographic location or a special population.
• Donor Advised Funds: Created with specific philanthropic goals by a donor and administered by Foundation staff who confer with the donor prior to making the grant award.
• Affiliate Funds: Geographically targeted endowment funds developed through living and testamentary gifts from local donors, which are then held and managed by the Foundation.

Key Personnel

President: Holly Sampson

Vice President: Roger Reinert

Director of Community Philanthropy: Michelle Morris

Grants Management Assistant: Kursula Harris

Development Officer: Mark Danielson

Financial Summary

For Fiscal Year 2015

Total Assets: $60,186,182

Total Grants: $1,897,888

Change in Assets FY 2015: 2%

Amount of Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits: 89%

Sample Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits in 2015

Largest Grant: $20,000

Smallest Grant: $500

Average Grant: $8,161

Top descriptors for this funder

3Friendly3Responsive2Culturally sensitive1Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues1"Gets" nonprofits and issues1Builds relationships1Insightful1Openminded1Positive leader in the field

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Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Inc

Sep 21, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The DSACF is very approachable so I would recommend a call to chat about your project proposal.


Positive leader in the field, Culturally sensitive, Insightful, Friendly, "Gets" nonprofits and issues, Openminded, Responsive

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Aug 28, 2017

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

I've applied to several of DSACF funds in the past two years, while representing two different non-profits, and have always received at least 75% of the funding I've asked for. I would advise reaching out to their Director of Community Philanthropy and nurturing relationships with their other staff, as well.


Friendly, Responsive

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Aug 28, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Connect with staff first - the Director of Community Philanthropy is very responsive.


Builds relationships, Responsive

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Jun 23, 2017

Reviewer 827 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2016

If you have any remaining grant funds on your project budget - even if you show other sources of revenue - they will request the surplus of funds to be returned to them. Make sure you depict your program budget as breaking even!


Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues

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Jun 16, 2017 1

Reviewer 362 - Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

Very nice people but website is not well organized. Online application was cumbersome.


Culturally sensitive, Friendly

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