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Annual report highlights stories of how region has come together to meet challenges

Projects to provide food, address mental health, care for caregivers and keep schoolchildren connected are highlighted in the new annual report of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

The report, “Circles of Community,” details projects that began in 2020, with many continuing to today, through foundation grant funding. The projects have kept the region strong and resilient through challenges presented by COVID-19, social unrest and political division.

“Perhaps never in recent times has our community circle been tested as it has over the last nearly two years,” foundation President and CEO Shaun Floerke said. “But when we look at the Northland, our circle remains unbroken. That’s testament to the strength of our people, who commit to living together in healthy community — and who show up to put in the work needed to keep it that way.”

The annual report is available online, along with listings of donors and funds created in the year. The annual report also details the foundation’s financial position and trends.

“The last two years have shown that our community circle can take any challenge thrown at it,” Floerke said. “We have reinforced. We have joined to fill gaps. We have recognized that we’re resilient when we believe in each other as neighbors. Ours is a healthy community circle. We’re honored to strive to keep it that way.”

Founded in 1983, the foundation encourages private giving for the public good through a community endowment. The foundation makes grants to other nonprofits for projects and to individuals for scholarships. It also provides leadership and support on community initiatives.

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