Northfield Area United Way

Help Score the Goal

Donations to our United Way are down. We and many other nonprofits are seeing the effects of the recent tax law change and other shifts in patterns of giving.

Northfield Area United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in our community. In a few weeks we will award grants to essential local programs that help our children thrive and assist our neighbors who experience trauma and crisis. In recent years we’ve been able to award more than a quarter of a million dollars annually to improve lives in our community.

Right now we are falling short of last year’s fundraising. This will have a real impact on our community. But there is time to close this gap and score the goal.

The goal: $45,000 in new donations and pledges by April 30.

If you’re already a donor, thank you! If you have not donated recently, now is the time! Additional donations are also welcome.

You can donate now, or email us your pledge and pay later. You can also help by sharing this message.

Together we can do this.

In gratitude,

Penny Hillemann
Executive Director

2019 Grant Season Now Open

Northfield Area United Way’s annual grant application season is now open. Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental units performing service in the areas of education, health or human services are invited to apply.

Applications are due March 15, 2019. Grant application information and forms are available online at

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Northfield, Faribault United Ways Explore Options for Collaboration

The boards of Board of Northfield Area United Way and United Way of Faribault are in active discussions to explore ways in which we might be able to collaborate more. One option could include a unified regional United Way serving the communities currently served by our two organizations.

We are excited to be starting this process to see how we can use resources most efficiently and have more impact for the benefit of both communities.  A more regional United Way approach is one way other rural communities have seen greater success. City boundaries seem to matter less as more people work remotely or live in one community and work in another. Both of our boards believe it makes sense to explore the possibilities. Read More

Grant Application Season

Northfield Area United Way’s 2018 grant application process is now underway. Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental units performing service in the areas of education, health or human services are invited to apply. Read More

Earn Less Than $66K? File Your Taxes for Free.

Do you make less than $66,000 combined family income? Well, you qualify for FREE tax help. Don’t throw away your tax return by paying for it. Let do the work for you.

Northfield Area United Way is pleased to announce enhanced, smartphone-friendly features to MyFreeTaxes™ that allow most filers to complete their taxes in under one hour. is a safe, easy and completely free way for individuals or families earning $66,000 or less to file their state and federal taxes. Read More