The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis. Together with our partner organizations, we are walking side by side with low-income families as they put their children on a path to college.

NAZ has a game-changing approach that is closing the achievement gap. NAZ’s wraparound framework effectively supports low-income children of color so that they will graduate from high school prepared for college.

Ballmer Group Commits $10 million over 5 years to the Northside Achievement Zone

Ballmer Group – the philanthropic organization founded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie – has committed to a five-year, $10 million grant to the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ). The grant is a major boost to NAZ’s transition toward a long-term, sustainable private-public partnership with individual contributors, community and corporate foundations, the state of Minnesota, and other public entities. Ballmer Group is widely recognized for its leadership in identifying and supporting innovative solutions to ending intergenerational poverty. Read More


NAZ Thanks Out-Going Board Chair Frank Forsberg and United Way

Frank Forsberg served as NAZ board chair since 2011 and will continue to be involved now that his term has ended. We are grateful for his invaluable contributions and to United Way for making it possible for him to provide strategic direction and insight to our organization for the past six years. It’s our pleasure to welcome Karen Kelley-Ariwoola as the next board chair. She’s led internal committees, served as an integral part of the board, and partners with NAZ through Harvest Network of Schools. It is an honor to have Karen as board chair.


General Mills and Target Commit $6M

Target Corporation and General Mills Foundation have recognized the NAZ collaborative with a total investment of $6 million—$1 million annually each over the next three years. Read More


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