The Ballmer Group – the philanthropic organization of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie – have committed to a five-year, $10 million grant to NAZ!

“The grant should inspire and challenge all Twin Cities business and civic leaders to lean in and work together in support of NAZ,” General Mills CEO Ken Powell said.

NAZ will use a portion of its campaign investment to launch a 3-year early-learning scholarship fund of $1 million a year for low-income NAZ families.
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Become a NAZ Mentor

Kids from neighborhoods like the Northside are more likely to stay in school and have higher academic success when they are paired with a mentor. NAZ partners with the top mentoring agencies in the region to ensure Northside youth and their mentors experience excellent mentoring relationships. Sign up today!

Work with our Mentoring Partner

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin CitiesFor 90 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS) has been matching children ages 7–12 with adult mentors to help young people realize their full potential as they grow in self-confidence, become more likely to avoid violence and illegal activities, perform better in school and develop stronger relationships with adults and peers. This community mentoring program provides an opportunity for individuals, couples or pairs and families to put their caring and life experiences into action on behalf of children.
*Age: 19+ Commitment: 1-2hours per week


Contact Jason Clopton at or 612.594.8294

NAZ is a proud partner of the Mentoring Partnership.