Northfield Shares was founded to advance philanthropy, inspire volunteerism and promote collaborative leadership in Northfield, Minnesota. Northfield Shares operates as both a community endowment and a hub for volunteerism. Northfield Shares thus provides a way to meet the needs and interests of the greater Northfield area, now and far into the future.

Contributions from individuals, families, businesses and charitable organizations build the endowments, the earnings from which are used to fund community needs and interests. The current endowments, which continues to grow and yield earnings each year, are managed by the Minnesota Community Foundation, a public charity that manages and administers funds for the benefit of organizations and communities throughout Minnesota.

Northfield Shares provides ways for individuals to give something back to their community.