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  • Northfield Shares Grant Application Season is Open

    Sep 18Editor’s note: this newspaper column, written by Northfield Shares Executive Director Mike Krance, originally appeared in the Sept. 11, 2019, issue of the Northfield News.   Last Sunday was a day of change for many people in Northfield. Although school is already in session, many saw it as the unofficial end of summer with the […]  more
  • Northfield Shares a Dinner…for the Community by the Community

    Sep 18Editor’s note: this newspaper column, written by Northfield Shares Executive Director Mike Krance, originally appeared in the August 28, 2019, issue of the Northfield News. To view a photo gallery and event video, CLICK HERE. Just a few days ago, many Northfield residents sat down to Sunday dinner. However, this wasn’t a typical Sunday dinner […]  more
  • Community Resource Bank and ALDI Present 2019 Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk

    Jul 30NORTHFIELD, MINN. (July 25, 2019) — Community Resource Bank, a locally-owned, independent bank that specializes in serving and supporting communities, and ALDI, a leader in the grocery retailing industry, present the 2019 Northfield Shares Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk benefiting Northfield Shares. The run/walk event, which will be held on Sunday, September 8, consists […]  more
  • Volunteers Drive the Beat for Rock and Roll Revival

    Jul 24Written by Mary Lynn Oglesbee Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the special National Volunteer Week spread in the April 10, 2019, edition of the Northfield News. Northfield High School’s Rock and Roll Revival is a Northfield Community Event.  While it is performed by an amazing group of talented high school students, the show […]  more
  • Nelson and Bogott Key Volunteers for Northfield Promise

    Jun 26Written by Rachel Miessler Note: This article first appeared in the April 10, 2019 edition of Northfield News Northfield Promise: a promise to the community to help all children thrive from cradle to career. As the website states, “Northfield Promise is a challenge to, and with, the community. It challenges Northfield to ensure all children succeed and, thus, deliberately focuses attention […]  more
  • Engeseth-Rinde Family Farm Lives on in Prairie Creek Wildlife Management Area

    Jun 7Special dedication event celebrates land’s family heritage and Don Nelson’s vision to protect it while leaving an environmental and philanthropic legacy.   NORTHFIELD, MINN. (June 7, 2019) – Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy, volunteerism and collaborative leadership, announced the formal dedication of the Engeseth-Rinde Unit of the Prairie Creek Wildlife Management Area […]  more
  • Northfield Shares A Dinner

    Jun 4WOW! What a day it was!  CLICK HERE for links to September 22nd Star Tribune Article, photos and video of the incredible celebration of Northfield! SHARING A MEAL TO BUILD COMMUNITY NORTHFIELD, MINN. (June 26, 2019) — Northfield Shares A Dinner is an opportunity for the people of Northfield to gather with friends and members […]  more
  • Northfield Shares Celebrates a Successful 2018

    May 23Northfield Shares seeks to sustain and transform the Northfield community by advancing philanthropy, inspiring volunteerism, and promoting collaborative leadership. Community members, donors, volunteers and grant recipients gathered to review the organization’s 2018 accomplishments at the Northfield Shares Annual Celebration on May 10. The event, which was held at Community Resource Bank, also highlighted the 2018-19 […]  more
  • Building a Philanthropic Legacy

    May 22Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the May 22, 2019, edition of the Northfield News. by Mike Krance, Executive Director, Northfield Shares Within the past few weeks, I’ve had the honor of processing two grant distributions from Northfield Shares funds on behalf of donors. One was a $2,500 grant to a Twin Cities-based nonprofit […]  more
  • The Maders Continue a Lifelong Tradition of Volunteering

    May 21Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the special National Volunteer Week spread in the April 10, 2019, edition of the Northfield News. Patrick (Packy) and Karen Mader both credit their parents for modeling and teaching the value of volunteering and giving back to others. The lessons learned during their youth have been a cornerstone […]  more
  • New Volunteer Portal is Ready to Help

    Apr 26As part of its efforts to inspire volunteerism, Northfield Shares has rolled out the first-ever interactive volunteer portal for the Northfield area. The free online system, provided through Galaxy Digital, will enhance the service experience for individual volunteers, nonprofit organizations and community-minded for-profit organizations. “Northfield Shares is excited to offer this free resource to the […]  more
  • Northfield Shares Celebrates National Volunteer Week 2019

    Apr 25NORTHFIELD, MINN. (April 2, 2019) – Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy, volunteerism and collaborative leadership, is celebrating National Volunteer Week from April 7-13. National Volunteer Week, which was established in 1974, is a signature event and effort of Points of Light, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and empowering the […]  more
  • Northfield Shares Celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week 2019

    Mar 7NORTHFIELD, MINN. (February 12, 2019) – Northfield Shares, the Northfield area’s community foundation centered on philanthropy, volunteerism and collaborative leadership, is encouraging community members to perform random acts of kindness in celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week 2019, which runs from February 17-22. The worldwide celebration is spearheaded and inspired by The […]  more
  • Ames Fund Continues Local Commitment with $150,000 Grant to Northfield Shares

    Jan 25NORTHFIELD, MINN. (January 25, 2019) – Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy, volunteerism and collaborative leadership, announced that it has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $150,000 from the Ames Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation. This unrestricted grant, which will provide $50,000 each year for operations starting in November 2019, will help bridge […]  more
  • Northfield Shares Awards Nearly $1.3 million to charities in 2018

    Jan 22Local community foundation and its donors make huge philanthropic impact. NORTHFIELD, MINN. (January 22, 2019) – Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy, volunteerism and collaborative leadership, announced that through its named endowment funds and its donors, the organization awarded $1,288,084 to nonprofit organizations in Northfield and throughout Minnesota in 2018. “Northfield Shares is […]  more
  • Northfield Shares Announces its Largest Legacy Gift to Date

    Dec 19Northfield’s community foundation entrusted to manage distribution of $2.5 million from Pat Lamb and Ele Hansen. NORTHFIELD, MINN. (Dec. 20, 2018) – Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy, volunteerism and collaborative leadership, announced that they received a $2.5 million gift from the estates of Pat Lamb (1934-2018) and partner Ele Hansen (1921-2013). The […]  more
  • With Named Funds, Season of Giving Never Ends

    Dec 18Editors note: This column appeared in the December 19 edition of the Northfield News. During the holiday season, the spirit of giving surrounds us. Whether it’s giving a little extra at your place of worship, dropping spare cash into the Salvation Army’s red kettle, purchasing food for a local food shelf or clothing for those […]  more
  • Buettner’s Inspiring Message Heard by Hundreds

    Sep 26Northfield Shares would like to thank all those that joined us on Monday night, September 24th, for Dan Buettner’s presentation on living a longer and happier life. Approximately 600 people filled the Northfield Middle School auditorium to hear Dan’s dynamic Blue Zones® presentation, which was informative, entertaining and inspiring. Thank you to our speakers, Board […]  more
  • Clean Up Continues Weekend of October 27-28

    Sep 21UPDATE 10/23/18 While much has been accomplished since the tornado clean up began, much is left yet to do. Clean up volunteers are still needed this weekend. Please click here to volunteer. Volunteers will be notified later in the week with a project/site/homeowner for Saturday Oct 27, and Sunday October 28. If you are still […]  more
  • Dave Schmidt Set to Run 40th DJJD Race

    Sep 7While many people are still sleeping in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 9, Dave Schmidt will do the same thing he’s done for the previous 39 years: run the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk. This year’s event, which will be the 42nd overall and which annually benefits Northfield Shares, will be Schmidt’s […]  more
  • Grants in Action: Project Friendship

    Jun 25Northfield Shares distributed over $62,000 in grants to 12 local nonprofits as part of its annual grant cycle. Grants were awarded to organizations whose projects create long-term solutions to core issues affecting our community, enhance the overall well-being of the area and generate the biggest multiplier effect. One of this year’s grant recipients, Project Friendship, has had […]  more
  • Crosby’s Motto Teaches a Life Lesson at Greenvale Park Elementary

    Jun 22Editor’s note: This article was originally written for a special National Volunteer Week section in the April 14th edition of the Northfield News. For the past nine years, volunteer Anne Crosby has been a fixture at Greenvale Park Elementary School. Her volunteering stems from something much deeper than gratitude toward the people impacting her children’s […]  more
  • Volunteer Opportunities Offer a Vacation from the Normal Routine 

    May 22Editor’s Note: This column, which was written by Northfield Shares Executive Director Mike Krance, originally appeared in the April 12, 2018, edition of the Northfield News.   Warmer weather is here and school will soon be out! While many people see summer as a time for vacations, our local nonprofits will still be hard at […]  more
  • Tax Prep Volunteers Offer a Valuable Specialty Service

    May 22Editor’s note: This article, which was originally written for a special National Volunteer Week section in the April 14th edition of the Northfield News, has been revised slightly.   Monday, April 17, marked this year’s tax return deadline. While some people were scrambling at the last minute to complete their return or file an extension, […]  more
  • Volunteer Experience Meant Much More than a Seven-Year Commitment

    Apr 25Editor’s note: This article was originally written by the Community Action Center of Northfield for a special National Volunteer Week section in the April 14th edition of the Northfield News. “Ginny and I will intentionally volunteer for you for seven years,” Larry Walsh told Community Action Center (CAC) of Northfield executive director Jim Blaha in […]  more
  • Give Thanks as a Holiday Volunteer

    Nov 27The holidays offer a variety of opportunities for Northfield residents to pay it forward through volunteerism. Local nonprofits need volunteers all year long, but the holiday season often requires additional support. Check out a few ways to get involved this season!  more
  • Help Shape the Future of Volunteer Management in Northfield

    Oct 24Are you a community volunteer or a person who coordinates volunteers for a nonprofit organization or local company? If so, Northfield Shares invites you to participate in an upcoming community survey to determine the feasibility of a web-based volunteer management platform or volunteer portal.   more
  • Northfield Shares Hires First Full-time Executive Director

    Jan 24Northfield Shares has hired its first full-time executive director. The organization has reached a stage in its growth requiring the need to fill this role, made possible as part of a capacity-building grant that Northfield Shares received from the Ames Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation.  more
  • Northfield Shares to Receive Donor-Advised Fund from Robert and Barbara Will

    Nov 18Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy, volunteerism and collaborative leadership, announced that it will receive a significant one-time gift from community member Robert (Bob) Will through the Robert and Barbara Will Family Foundation. This endowed donor-advised fund is to be gifted to and managed by Northfield Shares at Bob Will’s death. The intent […]  more
  • Northfield Shares Seeks to Hire First Full-time Executive Director

    Nov 14The Executive Director will help grow capacity and build the Northfield SHARES community foundation as its first full-time Executive Director. Northfield SHARES seeks a self-starter for fund development, leadership & management, program oversight, and administrative support. The position reports to the Board Chair who has staff oversight on behalf of the Board of Directors. Areas of […]  more
  • Northfield Shares Distributes Grants to Nine Area Nonprofits

    Dec 17Northfield Shares, a community foundation centered on philanthropy and volunteerism, has selected nine area nonprofits to receive grants for 2016. The organizations selected are the Beautify Northfield Coalition, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, Greenvale Park Community School, HealthFinders Collaborative, Northfield in Bloom, Northfield TORCH, Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield Works – Community Action Center of Northfield […]  more
  • Northfield’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation Event

    Nov 10Wednesday, November 11th from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Northfield Middle School. Join us at this FREE event as we celebrate Northfield becoming an official Beyond the Yellow Ribbon community. Local volunteers have worked hard to develop a comprehensive plan that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting military service members, veterans and their families […]  more
  • Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk is tomorrow morning Sunday, Sept.13th

    Sep 12Weather forecast for tomorrow is perfect for a run or walk. Registration begins at 6:30 am at the Northfield Armory on Division St. with the Races starting at  8 am. If you didn’t pre-register, no worries…same day registrations are totally welcome. Cost is $30/person and includes a custom designed t-shirt (while supplies last). Both the […]  more
  • Free Movie Night Tonight

    Aug 25Northfield SHARES encourages everyone to take the GIVE 5 pledge to volunteer an average of 5 hours per month, you decide when, where, and how to help others but we are here to help you with ideas. To get folks excited about helping others we are hosting a free movie night TONIGHT, August25th from 6:30 -9:00 […]  more
  • 2015 Goods for Good a Great Success

    Jun 18The 7th annual Goods for Good, a Northfield citywide garage sale event to benefit charities, was a huge success, raising over $31,000 for various charities. With Goods for Good, everyone benefits … Charities get much needed money to fund their programs and operations … individual donors hosting sales can give larger donations that could be out […]  more
  • Goods for Good is coming soon May 14-16, 2015

    Apr 10Its time to sign up (on our website) to participate in Goods of Good the Great Northfield Garage Sale Event for Charity. Traditionally held the weekend after Mother’s Day, the dates for 2015 are May 14-16.  more
  • National Volunteer Week April 12-18th, 2015

    Apr 10National Volunteer Week starts on April 12, 2015. Check out the the Volunteer Pages in the Northfield News on Sat. April 11th, 2015 to get inspired and ready to volunteer. Thank you to everyone who shares their time and talents for the good of all.  more
  • This Week (Feb. 9th-15th) is National Random Acts of Kindness Week

    Feb 11This can be the best week of your year if you reach out in kindness. Northfield Shares has a template for the week with daily themes, ideas for fun and rewarding acts of kindness, and a “Moo Kindness Game” all on our website at https://northfieldshares.org/volunteer/sponsored/random-acts-of-kindness-week/ Share your Kindness stories, drop us a note at info@northfieldshares.org  more
  • Singing Valentines Raise Money for Local Charities

    Feb 11Need a memorable gift for your valentine that will touch their heart and raise money for 3 local charities? Lakelanders Chorus will send a Men’s Quartet to any home office, classroom, restaurant, or other place of your choice on Friday, February 13th or Saturday, February 14, 2015. A loving surprise for any woman or man […]  more
  • Northfield Shares Grant Application Deadline Approaching

    Sep 25Nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding from Northfield Shares in 2015 are encouraged to submit their applications soon. The deadline to apply is October 1. Formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, Northfield Shares disbursed over $38,000 in grants in its 2014 cycle. This year, Northfield Shares will continue its tradition of providing funding for projects that create long-term solutions to enhance the well-being of the Northfield area.   more
  • New Northfield YMCA facility is open and needs volunteers

    Sep 11The new Northfield Area Family YMCA is open and their are lots of volunteer opportunities for a variety tasks from assistant lifeguard to helping with child watch. Check out all the opportunities listed under “Volunteer Opportunities” on this website.  more
  • Northfield Shares Now Accepting Grant Applications

    Sep 11Northfield Shares is now accepting grant applications. We have funds available to grant in the areas of youth recreational & enrichment; community beautification; and unrestricted funds. Please refer to the Grants section of our website for grant guidelines, online application, past grant history, grant process timeline and other information.  more