About Us


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.


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, in spring 2020 the Northwest Alliance Community Foundation (NACF) awarded $6,200 in grants to Polk and Burnett county nonprofits.  This past September, recognizing the unprecedented challenges facing our schools, we awarded $7,000 in $1,000 grants to the school districts of Grantsburg, Webster, Siren, Frederic, Luck, Unity and St. Croix Falls for the purposes of helping teachers and students get back to school safely during the pandemic.  For more information on grants, (link to Grants tab and history of past awards)

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 recently retired independent information professional in the field of healthcare and health insurance.  Her volunteer activities have included: Chair of the Richfield Advisory Board of Health and the Statewide Health Improvement Program for Bloomington, Edina and Richfield in Minnesota.  Jennifer is currently a volunteer with Ruby’s Food Shelf in Siren and in June 2021 will join the board of Northwest Passage.

Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin

Stillwater, Minnesota and North Sand Lake, Wisconsin; Director

Nancy holds fine art degrees in design and painting and worked in agency and corporate settings as a designer, creative director and communications director in the Twin City area. Her work experience includes corporate marketing, brand identity development, and direction of employee communication initiatives. Nancy’s volunteer work includes Ronald McDonald House, Stillwater Area Schools, Stillwater Public Library and Cancer Research.

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Gary Gerds

Stillwater, Minnesota and North Sand Lake, Wisconsin; Director

Gary's current volunteer activities include mentoring high school students in the Stillwater MN High School STRIVE program and mentoring college students in the Hamline University School of Business. He also leads board development activities for non-profit organizations in the St Croix Valley Foundation Consultants in Service program, and participates as board member of SOFTEC, a technical training organization located in Siren,WI.

Chris Byerly

Chris Byerly

Frederic, Wisconsin; Secretary

Chris enjoyed a career working with many types of libraries and retired as director of the Frederic Public Library.  She continues to follow her interest in community service by volunteering for a variety of nonprofits including 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.


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.