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The Boards of Northwest Passage and the St. Croix Valley Foundation have announced that the Northwest Passage Endowment Fund is now being managed by the St. Croix Valley Foundation. Steve Schroeder, Chair of the St. Croix Valley Foundation says he is delighted that Northwest Passage has made this decision. “We believe that this will prove to be a fruitful partnership,” he said.

From its genesis in 1978, Northwest Passage programming has focused on blending traditional mental health treatment with arts and nature-based therapy. Though the problems facing children and teens have evolved since 1978, the fundamental needs for self-respect, trust, relationships, and steady guidance remain the same. And while Northwest Passage has grown in size and sophistication, it has never lost sight of the foundations all children need to be successful. By investing in the lives of marginalized youth, Northwest Passage is influencing and changing how mental health is ultimately treated and viewed. The transformations seen are no less than extraordinary.

The new fund will be invested and managed to provide funding in perpetuity for projects, and programs for Northwest Passage. “Having an endowment for Northwest Passage is an important step,” says Board President Kelly Hibbs. “As the needs of our clients change it is reassuring to know that this fund will be there forever to help with our future needs.”

The St. Croix Valley Foundation is a community foundation that serves six counties on both sides of the St. Croix River. It serves ten Affiliation Foundations that serve the following communities: Amery, Chisago Lakes, Hudson, Lower St. Croix communities, New Richmond, Burnett County, Prescott, River Falls, Somerset, and Stillwater.

For more information about the Northwest Passage Endowment Fund call our Development Director, Chanda Elliott at 715-327-4402 or visit us at

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