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"creating a better future
     requires creativity in the present"

Executive Director's Summary

I've been thinking about a quote I read recently - "creating a better future requires creativity in the present". We all want a better future for our children, families and communities and the Foundation is so fortunate to be able to partner with the many nonprofits in our service area that are focused on creative solutions towards building that better future. Our 2013 Annual Report showcases a few of the many organizations that bring that creative spirit to their work. Organizations like: Minnesota Ballet who bring the joy of dance to local school children and the community; Men as Peacemakers - Champions Initiative, teaching values of respect and nonviolence through sport; Friends of the Finland Community capturing the spirit of entrepreneurship in a rural area; Lake Superior Community Theatre engaging the community in producing quality drama and musicals; Cook County Local Energy Project sharing and educating citizens about options for a sustainable future; and Lake Superior Zoo bringing nature up close to educate and inspire. These are a few of the 67 grants totaling $878,751 that were awarded to organizations working to create a better future for our service area during 2013.

In addition to grants awarded, the Foundation had the great joy of awarding a record number of Lloyd K Johnson Post- Secondary scholarships to Cook County High School seniors in 2013 with 9 scholarship awarded! These students then joined 3 students receiving renewal scholarships and 1 student receiving a second renewal scholarship at Lake Superior College. As one of the scholarship recipients wrote to us "you believed in us and I thank you for making my dream come true. As my future continues I can't wait to reach my goals, stand tall with courage and keep my positive attitude".

2013 also began a partnership with Cook County Higher Education in Grand Marais for the new Lloyd K Johnson Scholarship program focused on full-time Cook County residents enrolled in an accredited degree, diploma or certificate program. During the first round of scholarship availability, 9 students were selected with awards totaling $11,400.

The Foundation's Board of Directors also welcomed in 2013 a new Board member from Lake County, Susan Michels, and continued their work through the Education Committee and the new Economic Development Committee.

As a Foundation, we will continue to seek those creative solutions that bring the promise of a better future for North Shore communities.

Joan Gardner-Goodno
Executive Director