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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Our Funders

Thank You 2015 Funding Partners!

$100,000+

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Bush Foundation
General Mills Foundation
I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation
JD Graves Foundation
McKnight Foundation
Mortenson Family Foundation
New Impact Fund
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Robins, Kaplan, Miller, & Ciresi Foundation for Children
State of Minnesota
Target Foundation

$75,000 – $99,999

Carlson Family Foundation
Minneapolis Foundation
Otto Bremer Foundation

$50,000 – $74,999

Caroline Amplatz
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Ivan Bowen Foundation
Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan

$25,000 – $49,999

Cargill Corporate Foundation
ECMC Foundation
Frey Foundation
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Pine River Capital Management
Smikis Foundation

$10,000 – $24,999

Carolyn Foundation
Mike and Ann Ciresi
David Winton Bell Foundation
Reba and Paul Dominski
Land O’Lakes
March Family Foundation
Pentair Foundation
Saunders Family Foundation
Shoemate Family Foundation
Target Foundation

$5,000 – $9,999

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Best Buy
Eric and Cornelia Dayton
Emerge Community
Annie Gillette Cleveland
Barbara and Michael Goldner
Joyce and Tom Hansen
Frank Janezich
Ilo and Peggy Leppik
Jim and Norma Leslie
Linden Hills Congregational
Diane Lindquist
John and Mary Anne Mauriel
Medtronic Volunteer Grant
Kate and David Mortenson
Patty and David Murphy
John and Joan Nolan
Donna Opp
Art and Cheri Rolnick
Rothschild Art Foundation
Tom Siering
Standard Heat and Air Conditioning
Christi Strauss
Sunrise Banks

$1,000 – $4,999

Advance Consulting LLC
African American Empowerment Network
Ilse Akbar
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Arch Insurance Group
Basilica of St. Mary
Bill and Barbara Beard
Kristin and Jim Bender
Erika Binger
Michael and Abigail Rose Blum
Tom Borman
Will and Margee Bracken
Luann and B. Andrew Brown
Barbara Butts Williams
Marin Byrne
CenterPoint Energy
Chad and Rafina Larsen
Kenneth and Karen Charles
Tim and Tara Clark
Jay and Page Cowles
Joy Davis
Adele Della Torre
Heidi Dodd
Reba Dominski
Doug and Martha Miller
Everett Amis Foundation, Inc.
Al and Susan Fan
Walter and Elizabeth Foy Larsen
Nancy Gaschott and Mark Ritchie
Scotty and Peter Gillette
Gilligan Foundation
Giving WoMN
Dee and Aaron Glass
Karen Grabow
Greater Kansas City Community
Don and Marion Hall
Jeffrey Hassan
Bud and Carol Hayden
David and Barbara Henderson
Ellen Hoeg
Tom and Libby Horner
Richard and Linda Johnson
Junior League of Minneapolis
Karen and Eric Kaler
Merle and Mort Kane
Peter Kellenberger
Karen Kelley-Ariwoola
Thomas and Kathleen Klingen
Douglas and Suzanne Kubach
Christine Levens
John and Nancy Lindahl
Tim Manning
Tim Marx
Dr. Ann Masten
Cheryl Mayberry
Lorraine Mesken
Morgan Stanley Global Impact
Mortenson Construction
Dr. Tanner and Katie Nissly
Samuel Nolley
Tim O’Brien
Kathy Parten
Carol and Darren Peterson
Paul and Mary Reyelts
Norm Rickeman and Kathy Murphy
Clinton Roberts
Jon and Kristine Sabes
Don and Sondra Samuels
Kathy Schmidlkofer
Julia Silvis
Elaine Sloan and Ross Moen
Gloria and Phillip Smith
Louis and M.K. Smith
Stephanie and Steve Smith
Soran Foundation
St. John’s Epsicopal Church
Kiran Stordalen and Glenn Ronning
Supplycore
Katherine Tane
Ming Tchou
Dania Toscano Miwa and Noah Miwa
Jim and Sharon Toscano
Marcia Townley
Kathy and Paul Vaaler
Sandra Vargas
Northeast Bank Foundation
Barbara and Don Wallace
Laysha Ward and Bill Kiffmeyer
Irv and Marjorie Weiser
Nora Whiteman and Thomas Rush
Jane and Oswald Wyatt

$500 – $999

Scott Anderson
Lisa and Kevin Armstrong
Titilayo Bediako
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities
Andrea Bredow
Carleton College
Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)
Lynn Casey
John and Debbie Christakos
David Crosby
Phillip Davis
Emerge Community Development
The Family Partnership
Megan Gunnar
Gustavus Adolphus College
Mark Haynes
Mayor Betsy Hodges
Lindsey Hunter
J. Thomas and Janet Rajala Nelson
Jerry’s Enterprises
Ben Kerl
Korn Ferry
Raime Lavelle
Channy Leaneagh
Anne and James Long
Macalester College
Rema and Gary Makhija
Bill and Trish Martin
Dawn and Greg Martin
Minneapolis Public Schools
Brian Mogren
New Horizon Academy
Father Michael O’Connell
Rhonda and Rory O’Neill
Laurie Ohmann
Kevin Overson
Blakely and Ryan Petersen
Alicia Phillips
Carol and John Quinn
Lori and Andrew Riley
Cristina and Mike Rivard
Jordan Ryan
Theodore Schatz
Jill Schurtz
Susan Tapp
Thrivent Financial
Rima Torgerson
Rena and John Turnham
Twin Cities RISE
Urban Homeworks, Inc.
Mark Welter
Zimmerman Reed

$250 – $499

Jane Alexander
Sara Barrow
Patricia Bloodgood
Evereve
First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
Jennifer Ford Reedy
Frank Forsberg
Elliot and Laura Ginsburg
Melissa and Martin Guldberg
Brandi and Jeremy Hagen
Lisa and Jeff Harmening
Sarah Hernandez
David Hough
Joy Houska
Julie Gillette Johns and Tommy Johns
Marion Kershner
Sally and Peter Kolar
Jane and Gene Kruchoski
Dawn and Mark Larsen
Eric Mahmoud
Michelle Martin
Michael and Francis McCloskey
Scott McConnell
Genevieve and Antone Melton-Meaux
Gretchen Musicant
Elizabeth Oppenheimer and Jeanne Burns
Alicia Parsley
Julie Pinomaki and Daniel Pfarr
Plastics International
R.T. Rybak and Megan O’Hara
Cody and Erica Schimelpfenig
Marilyn Schuchman
John and Sue Stillman
Cathy Traugh
Visitation Monastery of Mpls
Dennis and Debra Wagner
Chip and Lynne Whitacre
Stella Whitney West
Lisa and J.T. Williams

*NOTE: Friends of the Future are those who have given $1,000 or more.

We make every effort to ensure the accurate acknowledgement of donors. This list is for donations given during Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014- June 30, 2015). If you have updates to this list, or would like information on giving opportunities, please call the NAZ development office at (612) 594-8311.