About Us

Vision

The Northwest Alliance Community Foundation’s vision is to be recognized as a trusted partner with the knowledge and resources to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve.

Mission

Northwest Alliance Community Foundation (NACF) nurtures the strength and well-being of our community by offering guidance and providing resources that support positive solutions.

We mobilize resources to nurture dreams and possibilities in Polk and Burnett counties.

Founded in November of 2013, Northwest Alliance Community Foundation (NACF) is a regional, non-profit community foundation made up of volunteers who are dedicated to improving and enriching the quality of life in the Polk and Burnett County region. Locally controlled and led by a local board of directors, this group of people has an in-depth knowledge of the issues, opportunities and resources that shape our community. As an affiliate of the St. Croix Valley Foundation, we help individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations achieve their charitable and financial goals by offering tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible, and effective.  We foster the development of new organizations and programs, support high-impact opportunities, and direct funds to meet community needs.

NACF empowers the people of our area by:

  • educating donors and providing a flexible vehicle for charitable giving and investing through development of permanent endowment and community impact funds.
  • awarding grants to enable nonprofit organizations and area communities to respond to emerging needs and opportunities.
  • providing learning opportunities, education and support for local causes and non-profits.

NACF is an affiliate of the St. Croix Valley Foundation. Follow the link to view the SCVF annual report: https://www.scvfoundation.org/publications

NACF generally awards grants in the spring and fall to nonprofit organizations in Northern Polk and Burnett counties. In addition to its regular grant cycle, NACF has grants available year-round through its Environment Fund with the belief that appreciation of nature leads to concern and care for nature and feelings of strength and well-being.

We foster a tradition of giving to support community needs. Thanks to our donors,

Thanks to our donors, this year we have awarded $23,000 in grants which helped with rent, utilities, car repairs, food; school-based mental health supports for students and staff; provide transportation and companionship to our elders and those with disabilities; and youth mentoring.  An NACF environment grant helped preserve a local wildlife habitat.  NACF’s most recent grants will help introduce girls to the building trades, pay for chemical health assessments, establish training to provide mental health education and provide book supplies to toddlers.

Board of Directors

We are locally controlled; our board is a committed group of volunteers who have a passion for the future of our area. We allow for grassroots input through individual participation and contributions.

We need your talents! Become part of the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation.

We have a great story. We do great work supporting the many non-profit organizations in Polk and Burnett Counties, but we need you. Please consider joining us as a member of our Board of Directors or by helping with special projects on a more limited time basis. The NACF board is made up of people who either live full or part time in the communities we serve. The board meets monthly either virtually or in-person. Our goal is to maintain a vibrant, talented board that represents all age groups and localities. New this year we are also welcoming individuals who would like to get involved with one NACF project or cause but lack the time to become a full-time board member. Please contact us to learn more about becoming involved.

NACF Board Members

We are proud to have a great Board of Directors at NACF
(All photos courtesy of Sarah Jorgenson Photography: www.sarahjorgensonphotography.com)

Mark Buley

Mark Buley

Frederic, Wisconsin; Treasurer

Mark has been on the board of NACF since 2013. He has also been involved with Frederic Arts since its inception. He has lived on the Polk-Burnett county line, with wife and family, in a house of his own construction, for some 45 years (almost a local), retired from Johnson Lumber Company, Falun--but not retired from carpentry, furniture making, biking, hiking, or paddling.

 

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Jennifer Turrentine

Webster, Wisconsin; Board Chair

Jennifer is a retired independent information professional in the field of healthcare and health insurance.   In addition to her responsibilities as chair of NACF, her current activities include volunteering with Ruby’s Food Shelf in Siren and sitting on the board of Northwest Passage.

 

Chris Byerly

Chris Byerly

Frederic, Wisconsin; Secretary

Chris enjoyed a career working with a variety of libraries and retired as director of Frederic Public Library.  She has always been interested in and volunteered for community service and educational groups and currently serves on the boards of her church, Frederic Arts, and NACF.

 

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Jerry Tischer

Frederic, Wisconsin; Director

Jerry is a retired administrator of Frederic Public Schools.  He expects to draw upon his professional, volunteer, and life experiences as NACF plays a growing role in our greater community.  Spanning a number of communities, Jerry’s community experiences include serving on or leading a hospital board, ministerial association, American Legion, community service organization, American Heart Association, and township supervisor.

 

 

 

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Tracey Nooner

Frederic, Wisconsin; Director

Tracey has worked for the past 25 years in home loan financing and for Bremer bank since 2008.  She and has seen firsthand how stable, safe, affordable housing is essential to the health of a community.  In addition to NACF, Tracey’s volunteer experience includes 100 Women Who Care, St. Croix Master Watershed Steward and Wild Rivers Habitat for Humanity.

 

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Christine Moeller

Danbury, Wisconsin, Director

In 2005, Chris relocated to Danbury following a corporate career in health care and foods primarily in the Chicago area.  She served as the Siren Chamber Executive Director for 10 years (2009-2019) and the Economic Development Director until 2020.

Current regional board positions include Diversified Services, Inc.; Loon Lake Property Owners Association; Polk-Burnett Propane Company; and co-founder of 100 Women Who Care – Polk/Burnett.

Chris is honored to be serving and looks forward to contributing towards the NACF community foundation’s initiatives.

2021 NACF Meeting Dates and Events

*No in-person board meetings or events until further notice*

All board meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom unless otherwise noted.