About the Foundation

Committed to Student Success

The Northwest Technical College Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to support NTC students through scholarships.

In February 2017, the foundation’s board of directors voted to enlist the Bemidji-based Northwest Minnesota Foundation to provide administrative support as it seeks donor support to help more students prepare for careers in high-demand areas of the region’s workforce.

About the Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Based in Bemidji, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation is one of six Minnesota Initiative Foundations established in 1986 through The McKnight Foundation’s leadership and a visionary experiment in rural philanthropy. Each of the six initiative foundations are managed locally and are sharply focused on improving the quality of life in their respective regions. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation has provided assistance and delivered services resulting in millions of dollars in local philanthropy being funneled back to local organizations to help achieve its mission to make the region a better place to live and work.

NTC Development Officer

Northwest Minnesota Foundation staff member Ashley Johnson directs its partnership with the NTC Foundation.

Johnson, who began in her new role in February 2017, has been with the Northwest Minnesota Foundation as its communications specialist since 2012, helping the foundation develop communications and marketing strategies for its philanthropic services, community and economic development programs, nonprofit training, youth leadership and early childhood initiatives, and regional collaborative projects. Prior to that, she spent six years at Lakeland Public Television as a reporter, a corporate support representative and the station’s legacy production manager.