The McConnell Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to help build better communities through philanthropy. The McConnell Foundation has long been committed to increasing opportunities for children and youth of Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity counties. North State Together was established in 2016 as a regional collective partnership funded by a $2.5 million dollar grant awarded by The McConnell Foundation.   As a result of the progress that has been made in the region, North State Together was awarded an 8 year multi million dollar grant renewal in 2020 by The McConnell Foundation . The North State Together backbone team and county collaborative network partners would like to thank The McConnell Foundation for investing long-term in our region through the North State Together collective impact cradle to career model to increase educational outcomes to ultimately improve the overall health and vitality of our communities.

StriveTogether partners with communities to ensure every child has every chance to succeed because race, ethnicity, poverty and circumstance should not determine opportunity or outcome. In 2021, North State Together was accepted as the newest StriveTogether network member after completing an extensive assessment of our civic infrastructure development and demonstrating clear evidence that our region is aligning resources around effective solutions.  As StriveTogether members, we will begin to measure our progress against a continuum of quality benchmarks, known as the StriveTogether Theory of Action™. This proven framework has six designations — Exploring, Emerging, Sustaining, Systems Change, Proof Point and Systems Transformation — that indicate progress toward aligning resources around better and more equitable outcomes for youth. We are proud to be an Emerging member of the StriveTogether network. 

North State Together is proud to be a designated Lumina Talent Hub. We work collaboratively to enhance educational options and boost economic development by re-engaging adults who have left the formal education system. Expanding programs such as ACE, BOLD, STEP UP and the Siskiyou County Adult Ed Diploma, North State Together supports adults who seek credentials or career opportunities. North State Together builds off successful partnerships with local businesses, tribal communities and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act partners to help adults explore careers through a regional career portal and a virtual job-shadowing program.

S. H. Cowell Foundation is a grantmaking organization that invests in communities, who are committed to achieving lasting, positive change for children and families living in poverty.  We are grateful for S.H. Cowell Foundation’s commitment to support training, coaching, and capacity-building for staff and our five county leadership teams in the North State Together network. 


North State Together is an Alliance member of Complete College America, a bold national advocate for dramatically increasing college completion rates and closing equity gaps by working with states, systems, institutions, and partners to scale highly effective structural reforms and promote policies that improve student success.

KIXE PBS provides programming and educational outreach to the 10 most northeastern counties in California and is proud to champion the work of North State Together to increase educational outcomes in our region.

our affiliations

In addition to our champions and our many cross-sector partners in our five county region, the North State Together is grateful to be affiliated with the following organizations:

CA Rural Ed Network, College and Career Options, College of the Siskiyous, First 5 Shasta, KidSTEM Advisory Council, North State Planning and Development Collective, CSU, Chico, Redding Rotary, Rural Schools Collaborative, Shasta College, Shasta Family YMCA, and United Way of Northern California