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Our Vision:
The Bemidji 31 Education Foundation Fund has a vision to enhance the educational experience of students in Bemidji Area Schools.

Our Mission:
Our mission is to provide resources for classroom academic activities and create community partnerships in a lasting and sustainable effort.

Our Story:

The Bemidji 31 Education Foundation Fund was recently revamped and renamed. In the early 2000’s the Bemidji School District brought the Lumberjack Foundation to Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) to manage its funds.


As a regional community foundation, NMF’s mission is to promote philanthropy. NMF has more than 400 component funds operating under its nonprofit status; and all funds are making the region a better place. 


Bemidji 31 Education Foundation Fund’s purpose is to enhance the educational opportunities of the students, staff, educational programs and institutions of ISD #31, including but not limited to post-secondary scholarship funds, program restricted endowments, faculty improvement programs, and capital equipment acquisition.


There has been significant growth in the fund’s assets over the years - thanks to community members who want to enhance education opportunities in Bemidji. Please consider a gift (donate now) to better serve the students and faculty of ISD #31!  YOU make a difference in and out of the classroom.


The Bemidji 31 Education Foundation Fund is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation which supports the mission of providing classroom resources to local educators. The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public, charitable foundation serving 12 counties of Northwest Minnesota by investing resources, facilitating collaboration and promoting philanthropy.  For more information on NMF, please visit


Jeff Haack 

Taylor Eck  

Ann Long Voelkner

Tom Schwartz  

Peter Bahr  

Carol Johnson

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