Morning Fill Up with Kevin Walker

president and CEO, northwest area foundation

Held AUGUST 27, 2015 at 7am at The garage

With more than $400 million in assets, Northwest Area Foundation makes grants and investments in eight states in the country, including South Dakota. Kevin Walker, the foundation’s president, leads the organization’s efforts to champion programs that increase good jobs and increase financial capability for low-income people in the foundation’s service region.

Under his leadership, the foundation is developing and implementing strategic grant-making initiatives to encourage collaborative efforts and increased impact. He also is guiding the organization’s commitment to target 40 percent of its annual giving to Native-led organizations and advance efforts to increase mainstream philanthropy’s engagement with Indian Country.

Prior to joining Northwest Area Foundation, Kevin spent 13 years with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, including nine as director of Mott’s national anti-poverty program. His career in the nonprofit sector began in the early 1990s as associate director of Food Gatherers, a small, community-based nonprofit in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that state’s first perishable food rescue program. He serves on the board of the Minnesota Council on Foundations as immediate past chair, and as vice chair of the board of Philanthropy Northwest. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Michigan.

What an amazing way to start my day! I appreciated Kevin’s optimistic approach to addressing issues.
— An Attendee of Morning Fill Up with Kevin Walker

news coverage

"Foundation president: Marginalized people can thrive on their own terms", Rapid City Journal, August 28, 2015
"Northwest Area Foundation Leader Speaks in Rapid City", South Dakota Public Broadcasting, August 27, 2015