Welcome to The George W. Neilson Foundation

The George W. Neilson Foundation's concentration for its giving program is the city of Bemidji and the surrounding area. We are committed to following the wishes of contributor Katharine Neilson Cram that we support the Bemidji area, her beloved northern Minnesota, where she spent the summers of her youth and lived throughout her later life.

The George W. Neilson Foundation supports community development projects by making grants to programs and projects that improve the lives of the area's children, adults and senior citizens

Please contact the Foundation if you believe your organization could benefit from a Neilson Grant.

About the Neilsons

Discover more about the how the George W. Neilson Foundation impacts the Bemidji community.

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Eligibility Info

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Application Process

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Grantee Testimonials

Nice Ride Minnesota

“The George W. Neilson Foundation's award to Nice Ride MN showcased Bemidji's commitment to improving the bikability and thus the livability of our city. This capital investment increased access to bikes for visitors and local residents, and helped Bemidji to become recognized as a bicycle destination. ”

Melinda Neville, Nice Ride Bemidji
Nice Ride MN
Northland Regional Sports Park

“The Friends of the Northland Regional Sports Park and all who will use the park for generation to come, owe a huge debt of gratitude to the George W. Neilson Foundation for the financial support, advice and encouragement. Without the development funds and the Trustees’ assistance, this project would not have been possible.”

Mark Farabee, HSSA Chairman
Northland Regional Sports Park
Design Angler Internship

“Since our business started over 3 years ago we have been looking for internship opportunities to participate in. The Neilson Foundation program allowed us to hire 2 summer employees at a fair wage, thus allowing them to expand (and live by) their skill sets.”

Mitch Blessing, Creative Director
Design Angler, Inc.
Nice Ride Minnesota

“The George W. Neilson Foundation's award to Nice Ride MN showcased Bemidji's commitment to improving the bikability and thus the livability of our city. This capital investment increased access to bikes for visitors and local residents, and helped Bemidji to become recognized as a bicycle destination. ”

Melinda Neville, Nice Ride Bemidji
Nice Ride MN
Northland Regional Sports Park

“The Friends of the Northland Regional Sports Park and all who will use the park for generation to come, owe a huge debt of gratitude to the George W. Neilson Foundation for the financial support, advice and encouragement. Without the development funds and the Trustees’ assistance, this project would not have been possible.”

Mark Farabee, HSSA Chairman
Northland Regional Sports Park
Design Angler Internship

“Since our business started over 3 years ago we have been looking for internship opportunities to participate in. The Neilson Foundation program allowed us to hire 2 summer employees at a fair wage, thus allowing them to expand (and live by) their skill sets.”

Mitch Blessing, Creative Director
Design Angler, Inc.

Recent Recipients

"Helping Bemidji Help Itself."

An entrance to Northwest Technical College
NWTC Foundation $15,000

Funds 15 Scholarships

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Mark Evenson Memorial Feilds
Bemidji Youth Baseball $33,400

Equipment, paving

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Mule, a dog at the Beltrami County Humane Society
Beltrami County Humane Society $15,000

Improvements

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Bemidji Symphony performing at Bemidji High Shool
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra $20,000

Commissioned Work

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Veterans gather at Leech Lake Memorial Grounds
American Legion Honor Guard $9,835

Uniforms/Bugle

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Leech Lake Tribal College Campus
Leech Lake Tribal College $100,000

Library Facility

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