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The Northern Forum is a non-profit organization (registered with 501(c)(3) status in the United States), which means the organization has no commercial activity and depends on membership fees, donations and grants to finance its operations.

Donations are encouraged to help the Northern Forum provide Northern regions the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience, and to support sustainable development and environmental initiatives to improve the quality of life of Northern peoples.


If you wish to make a donation to the Northern Forum, your donation is tax-deductible in many countries. The following levels are available:

  • $ 50
  • $ 100
  • $ 200
  • $ 500
  • $ 1000

Corporate sponsorship available: consult us at

You can make a donation by mailing us a check, sending us a fax with your credit card information, or making an online credit card payment.

We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners, and Discover. Only U.S. and Canadian credit cards are accepted on-line. Use the fax form for the above cards through other foreign countries. Your personal information is kept secure and confidential.

The idea of creating an organization of northern regional governments was raised in 1974 by the government of Hokkaido, Japan, during the first of a series of international conferences on northern issues. The Northern Forum developed from a Northern Regions Conference held in 1990 in Anchorage, Alaska, attended by more than 600 delegates from 10 countries. The Forum was formally established in November 1991.

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