{   The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation 2016 Annual Report   }

  • Cook County Extension - Community Orchard

    2016 Grantee

    Cook County Extension
    Community Orchard

    Cook County Extension has been active in the Cook County community for many years with a mission to bring education or knowledge equally to all people in the county using University of Minnesota resources to accomplish that task. In 2016, the Foundation awarded the organization a grant in the amount of $15,909 to assist with establishing a community fruit orchard to be located on law enforcement property in Grand Marais, Minnesota. With the assistance of many community volunteers, 100 apple trees were planted along with plum and cherry trees. The community orchard will serve as a teaching tool for a variety of groups and benefit the entire community for years to come.

  • Duluth Outdoor Collaborative

    2016 Grantee

    Duluth Area Family YMCA
    Duluth Outdoor Collaborative

    Duluth Area Family YMCA began facilitating a city-wide initiative in 2016 called the “Outdoor Collaborative” to increase community capacity to engage youth in outdoor pursuits through education, programming, training, and community organizing. Through discussions with local youth serving agencies and the “Adventure Gap Group” comprised of key community stakeholders, the need for training, equipment and clothing to engage youth in outdoor activities became evident. A grant of $20,000 was awarded to establish a “gear library” and conduct trainings for youth serving agencies on outdoor education methods and risk management. The gear library is a partnership with the Equipment Rental Center at the University of Minnesota Recreational Sports Outdoor Program.

  • Care Partners of Cook County

    2016 Grantee

    Care Partners of Cook County

    Care Partners has been providing care for seniors in Cook County since 2010 as a program of the North Shore Health Care Foundation. As the program grew and additional services were developed to address community needs, Care Partners spun off and established itself as its own nonprofit organization. With a mission to provide supportive care on the journey of aging and serious illness, Care Partners offers senior care coordination, palliative care, caregiver support, Senior Rides and volunteer companionship. Funding in 2016 was awarded in the amount of $10,000 to support their efforts as a new nonprofit as they looked to increase their staffing capacity, further develop their funding sources and launched their new Chore Service program for seniors.

  • Kako Foundation

    2016 Grantee

    Kako Foundation – Kako’s Choir

    The Kako Foundation is dedicated to bringing art education to children and youth in Haiti and in the United States in Duluth, Minnesota. Named after a young man killed in Haiti, nicknamed “Kako”, the founders seek to provide as their reply to violence an outlet for creativity through music. Kako’s Choir is a partnership with Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative with choir members comprised of low-income student’s ages 6-12 years old. The choir works with professional musicians learning to grow their vocal and performance skills along with vocabulary proficiency. Kako’s Choir helps students to build the needed confidence and self-discipline required to perform to audiences through various community venues. In 2016 the Foundation provided a small grant in the amount of $1,950 to support this work.

  • “Shoot for the Stars” Initiative

    2016 Grantee

    College of St. Scholastica
    “Shoot for the Stars” Initiative

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, teach students how to think logically, work methodically and address complex problems. As math and science instructors at the College of St. Scholastica became concerned about the number of students that struggle with these subjects they determined to take action and developed a project for middle school students to have hands-on learning activities to encourage an interest in these topics through a STEM Club at Lincoln Park School in Duluth and a five-day Summer Institute for students at the College. “Shoot for the Stars: Launching Math and Science Initiative” was funded by the Foundation in 2016 with a grant of $14,978 to create pride and excitement in learning about STEM.

  • Two Harbors Community Radio – KTWH

    2016 Grantee

    Two Harbors Community Radio – KTWH

    Two Harbors Community Radio, KTWH 99.5, went on the air in September 2015 as a low-powered, listener supported radio station to build community in the greater Two Harbors area through inter-generational grassroots participation. The station features local news, community announcements, and coverage of area and school events, opportunities for forums to share ideas and as a venue to showcasing the talents of local artists. The Foundation had provided initial start-up support for the station followed by a grant of $18,000 in 2016 to assist with stabilizing their efforts as the station developed programing schedules, remote broadcast capacities and their staffing and volunteers structure.

  • Cook County Middle School Writers' Club

    2016 Grantee

    Cook County Middle School Writers' Club

    The Cook County Middle School Writers’ Club in Grand Marais, Minnesota began as a pilot project in 2016 with a grant of $2,000 from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. The goal of the Club was to provide focused writing and review experiences that would excite 7th graders, while building their confidence and skill levels. All of the 7th grade students at Cook County Middle School took part in the Club which included large and small group sessions and individual feedback to students on their writing. The student participation culminated in the publishing of their book entitled “Meanderings”.

Grants Awarded in 2016


Arts & Culture

Grand Marais Art Colony
Capacity Building Support - $25,000

Gunflint Trail Historical Society
Ham Lake Fire Exhibit - $8,000

Gunflint Trail Historical Society
Chik-Wauk Museum Expansion - $10,000

North House Folk School
Mayhew Building Upgrade - $40,000

Community/Economic Development

Cook County Extension
Community Fruit Orchard Development - $15,909

Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.
Enfuse: Cook County (Year 2) – 30,000

Superior Cycling Association
“The Flume” Mountain Bike Trail infrastructural Support - $20,000


Cook County Community YMCA
Childcare Program Room Renovation - $15,000

Cook County Higher Education
Program & Scholarship Support - $80,000

Cook County School ISD 166
Middle School Writers’ Club - $2,000

Great Expectations School
Reading Curriculum Training for Elementary School Teachers - $2,000

WTIP Cook County Community Radio
Local News Initiative - $30,000


Cook County Local Energy Project
2016 Fall Energy Expo - $1,750

Social Welfare

Care Partners of Cook County
Operating Support - $10,000


Arts & Culture

Finland Minnesota Historical Society
John Pine House Restoration - $17,500

Lake Superior Community Theatre
Philip & Phriends Dance Concert - $2,000

Lake Superior Community Theatre
West Side Story Production - $2,000

Socially Active Seniors
General Operating Support - $1,198

Community/Economic Development

Two Harbors Community Radio
Start-up Support – Year 2 - $18,000


Lake Superior School District ISD 381
Timber Framing Student Project - $10,060

Lake Superior School District ISD 381
Timber Framing Class - $4,600

Social Welfare

Community Partners – Two Harbors Living at Home Block Nurse Program
Program to Assist Seniors to Live Independently - $10,000

North Shore Area Partners
Operating Support - $25,826

North Shore Horizons
Crisis Services for Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivors - $7,000

Two Harbors Area Food Shelf
Food Shelf Purchases - $3,194


Arts & Culture

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Music Development in Grand Marais - $8,000

Tamarak Dance Association
“Woolsock” Winter Camp & Old-Time Dance Weekend – $2,000


North Shore Collaborative
LOTS Childhood Literacy Program - $950


Conservation Corps Minnesota
Summer Youth Corps Program - $10,000

The Nature Conservancy
NE MN Forest Restoration Project - $15,000

Social Welfare

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute-Northland
Sports & Recreation Programs for Individuals with Disabilities - $15,000

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
Support for Northland Homeless Veterans - $10,000

Minnesota Citizens Federation Northeast
Senior Partners Care Program Outreach - $10,000

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Nonprofit Scholarships for Annual Conference - $5,000


Arts & Culture

Duluth Art Institute
Strategic Planning Session - $9,500

Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra
2016 Summer Concert Season - $5,000

Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative
Operating Support - $15,000

Matinee Musicale, Inc.
Verona Quartet Performance - $5,000

Northern Expressions Arts Collective
Mad Scientist Symposium - $800

The Kako Foundation
Kako’s Choir - $1,950

Community/Economic Development

Junior League of Duluth
Deep Winter Greenhouse Construction - $10,000

Local Initiatives Support Corporation Duluth
Building Sustainable Communities Initiative - $20,000

Minnesota Land Trust
St. Louis River Corridor Revitalization (Year 2) - $10,000

One Roof Community Housing
Tenant Landlord Connection & Homekeeper Database - $25,000

Soar Career Solutions
General Operating Support - $15,000

The Salvation Army
Pathways of Duluth Incentive Program - $20,000


Arts on Superior, Inc.
Story to Literacy Residency - $2,000

Avinity Health Innovations
Embracing Aging & Caregiving Communities Project - $20,000

College of St. Scholastica
Shoot for the Stars: Launching into Math & Science Initiative - $14,978

Companies to Classrooms Duluth
Free Store for Duluth - $5,000

Duluth Area Family YMCA
Little Treasures Early Child Care Program - $10,000

Duluth Public Schools ISD 709
Kids Voting Duluth - $1,500

Positive Energy for Youth
Adventure Club & Camp Coordinator - $20,000


Duluth Area Family YMCA
Outdoor Collaborative Gear Library - $20,000

Lake Superior Center dba Great Lake Aquarium
“Unsalted Seas” exhibit - $20,000

UMD Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center Capital Project - $25,800

Social Welfare

Benedictine Health Center
Nursing Facility Renovation - $10,000

Boys & Girls Club of the Northland
2016 Healthy Meal Program - $10,000

Center City Housing Corp
TOTS (Toddlers of Tomorrow) Program - $20,000

Street Outreach Program - $25,000

Damiano of Duluth
General Operating Support for the Damiano Center Soup Kitchen - $15,000

Duluth Community Garden Program
Capacity Building - $15,000

Harbor Centers, Inc.
General Operating Support - $1,900

Kids Closet of Duluth
Clothing Purchase for Students - $10,000

Men as Peacemakers
Capacity Building - $20,000

Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Northland Center
Exercise Equipment Purchase - $5,000

Seeds of Hope Youth Ranch
Capital Purchase - $6,250

Woodland Hills
Cambia Hills Day Treatment Support - $20,000

YWCA of Duluth
New Program Initiative & General Operating Support – $10,000