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Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2018

Dennis “Jonesy” Jones receives a Veteran’s quilt from the Loon Country
Quilters. Since 2007 the Loon Country Quilters have received over $4700
in grants to create quilts honoring our Veterans.
Garrett Schjenken received $5,500 in scholarships in 2018
Garrett plans to be a Special Education Teacher.
Since 2003, the Community Café has
received $87,800 in grants from the
Community Foundation. In 2018, they
started their

Be You

Annual Report




(back row,
right side)

and Family. Since 2013, Sarah has
received $17,000 in scholarships
from the Community Foundation.

Judd and Jeanne Watson process scholarships
with Brianna Spry at the Community Foundation:

Be more Judd-ly!


To inspire individuals and
organizations to give to community

to improve the quality of life.


The Grand Rapids Area Community
Foundation models, supports, and
develops the philanthropic interests
of individuals and organizations so
that residents and visitors in the
Greater Itasca Area may enjoy a
culture of philanthropy that
improves the quality of life.

Be Intentional

...joining charitable intentions with community needs


Letter from the Chair and
Executive Director

Dear Friends,

American religious leader M. Russel Ballard once
stated, “Your simple daily acts of service may not
seem like much in and of themselves, but when
considered collectively they become just like the one-
twelfth teaspoon of honey contributed by a single bee
to the hive.”

Our community, our bee hive, is a wonderful place to Be You
live, work and play because of you. Thank you! Your

generosity, hard work and continued support allows

us to be your community partner to achieve your

philanthropic goals throughout the Greater Itasca area. Together we are better!

This 2018 Annual Report is our way of displaying your dedication to our community. Your investment in

community shows up throughout our scholarship program; you directly support students in achieving
their educational dreams. You allow our annual grant cycle to continually invest in people, groups and
organizations who are making our community better. Through the work of our agency funds, we can see
how our nonprofit partners are achieving their mission driven goals. We are honored and humbled to
play a role in all of this.

Our goal is to always work with you and for you. We invite you to stop by and talk with us as we have
some exciting opportunities happening at the Community Foundation.

We want to hear your ideas! Whether you are looking to support one specific project or program in our

community or maybe you are looking to partner with us so that you can explore how easy it is to support
multiple organizations; we want to be your first call to help you achieve your philanthropic goals.

There are so many ways to invest in community and we can help you with all of it. Enjoy reading this
report as we honor the work that was done in 2018. Thank you for all that you did last year and we are
excited to work with you in the future. Please stop in or call when you can. Thank you!


Kelly Kirwin Something
2018 Board Chair that is
Chris Fulton good
Executive Director


The quality of being well-meaning; 3

What good do you want your money to do?

All gifts to Area Community Funds are matched 1:1
(up to $200,000 for each fund) thanks to the generosity and vision

of the Blandin Foundation.

Established: Established:

2016 1996

Gifts Gifts:

$31,249 $140,917

Match* Remaining: Match* Remaining:

$168,750 $59,083

Established: Established:

2016 2016

Gifts: Gifts:

$150,651 $142,586

Match* Remaining: Match* Remaining

$49,349 $57,414



Gifts to date:


Match* Remaining:


The fundraising goal
for each Community Fund
is to match* $200,000


Community Funds provide a 2019 is the last year to receive
way for people and the match on your donation to a

businesses with a passion Community Fund.
for their community to GIVE
Community Funds are property
BACK to ensure it stays a invested and managed by
great place to live, work, and Anyone can make a gift to a
professionals as an Community Fund.
Only you can answer:
appreciated of the community for HOW MUCH IS MY COMMUNITY
stock generations.
give while you Annual earnings from the
live invested ENDOWMENT return simple gifts of
and BENEFIT the community. cash
Community Funds are active hope
designed to meet any future The Advisory Committee
determines which life insurance
needs of the community. policies
Your grandchildren will community needs receive
likely have different needs funds.

from today. build Your
A Community Fund legacy
BENEFITS today and



Honoring a Founding
Family of Deer River

George has deep roots in the Deer River area.
In fact, he is named after his great uncle and
Deer River pioneer George Herreid. Uncle
George arrived in the North Woods in 1908 and
eventually built what was one of the earliest
cabins on Deer Lake. He and his brothers Will
and Henry established many businesses,
including a mercantile business – The Herreid
Store -- as well as the Herreid Motor Company,
the mortuary, the bank, and a farm to the East – in early downtown Deer River. Brother William was
Itasca County Coroner for many years. Even more significantly, George Herreid went on to serve as
Representative for District 52 in the 44th Minnesota Legislative Session from 1925-1926, followed with
service on the Minnesota Senate from 1939-1942. He was especially active in establishing Scenic State
Park in Itasca County and supporting the North Central Agricultural School (now UM North Central
Research and Outreach Center).

The current George and his wife Sandra still call Deer River home – at least part time when they are
able to enjoy their home across Deer Lake from the old cabin, which is still in the family. Although they
claim to be “retired”, their lifestyles reflect anything but that, with travel to over 40 countries, active
involvement with numerous charitable, service, and religious organizations in the Minneapolis area as
well as in Deer River.

In mid-2018, George and Sandra visited the Community Foundation with the purpose of finding a way
to help people in the Deer River area, especially those with less opportunity and facing more challenges
than most. Through the conversation with the Community Foundation, they provided an initial gift to
create the Herreid Deer River Fund to assist Deer River Area residents who are in crisis. This new
fund, in conjunction with the Itasca County Sharing Fund (also managed by the Community
Foundation) serves to help people get through an immediate crisis so their lives can return to normal.
An example might be an inoperable car…preventing someone from getting to work…preventing them
from getting a paycheck. If only the car can get fixed the immediate crisis is over.

To date the Herreid Deer River Fund has provided three grants for people in crisis. In fact, one grant
was to repair a car, yet in a very special way by purchasing the necessary parts so the students in the
auto repair class at the Deer River High School were able to both learn and repair – a win/win!
George and Sandra are carrying on the tradition of service started long ago when Herreid was certainly
the most recognizable name in Deer River. This legacy will continue because they included the Herreid
Deer River Fund as recipient of a portion of their estate.

What a wonderful legacy for the Deer River Area.

Be Encouraging “Don't judge each day by the harvest you
reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”
6 -Robert Louis Stevenson

Reading this Report Our
Funds are categorized according to the BE NE FI T ARE A in which the Fund supports. Donors!
Endowments are in bold.

Grants are listed according to the total amount awarded.

For recurring scholarships or multi-year grants, the amount paid out in 2018 may be only part of the total amount listed as a grant.

Fund New Funds Balance 2018 A

Grants AAUW
Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union
Barbara Anderson Fund in Memory of Lew and Nettie Berry $ 90,129 Robert and Cynthia Agle
Margaret Aguirre
Annual Grant Cycle Support Fund Airways Aviation Center, Inc.
Aitkin Pharmacy Services, LLC
Multiple Grants $ 850 Davis Akin
Melvin and Lucille Beier Cancer Crisis Nonendowed Fund 3,631 Mercedes Akinseye
All Season Service
Community Cafe Endowment Fund 3,840 Joseph and Katherine Allen
Patricia Almquist
Larry and C. Jeanne Cook Memorial Fund 28,336 Amazon Smile Foundation
American Bank of the North
Greater Itasca Area Workforce Ready 8,461
- Nashwauk
Herreid Deer River Fund 4,701 American Disposal
American Legion
Crisis Grant 250 23,453
Mel and Nancy Kooda Memorial Scholarship Fund McVeigh Dunn Post 60
Kirsten L. Amundson
Life Skills Academy Fund 15,929 Dennis and Betty Anderson
Dianne Anderson
Multiple Grants 35,521 Gary and Jody Anderson
Nonprofit Center Development Fund 16,094 Jerry and Cathie Anderson
Keith and Janet Anderson
Multiple Grants 24,491 1,840 Patricia Anderson
Northern MN Builders Association Scholarship Fund Peter F. Anderson
Richard Anderson
Lane Anderson 2,000 Mesabi Range Community/Technical College $ 10,000 Rolf Anderson
Sue Anderson
Dalton Feldhaus 2,000 13,930 Venita and Roger Anderson
Cecilia Riedman Fund Anderson, Ophoven and Stauffer

All photos in this Annual Report are 2018 recipients of the Law Office
Anderson Family Dental
Greater Itasca WORKFORCE READY Education Awards Anonymous
Richard and Mary Anttila
These scholarships provide money for education, training and certifications Brenda and Scott Apfelbacher
for people who want to live here, work here, stay here, and have 2 years or Doug and Linda Appelgren
less to obtain their educational goal. Armitage Accounting
Jim and Nancy Arnhold
Established by Jerry and Cathie (Saxhaug) Anderson, local organizations Lisa Arnold
and businesses have spent thousand of dollars and hundreds of hours, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity
dedicated to supporting and growing our local workforce. If you, your
business or organization wish to help continue supporting our local Agency (AEOA)
workforce, please contact the Community Foundation. Elaine Aune
Rich and Tamera Aune
Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund Grant Automotive Electric Services

With blustery January weather, it became increasingly difficult for a local woman dealing with cancer to live with no insulation in her
home. If this wasn’t enough, she was no longer able to utilize her stove, either. The Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund provided a grant
to Home Depot for the stove and much of the insulation. With help from her grandson to install the insulation, this grant made an
incredibly miserable and difficult time bearable.

Thank you to everyone who donates to the Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund.
Your kindness and compassion make a real difference.


Legacy Builders Realized
Legacy Gifts
ensure a bright future for our community.
Legacy Builders are role models for the the achievement
community by encouraging others to of your dreams —
remember the Foundation in their wills or
estate plans. (*deceased) your legacy put in
George and Sandra Anderson Luise Anderson
Richard and Jean* Anderson William Bartos
Rolf Anderson Melvin and Lucille Beier
Peter Anderson Gloria Sella Burich
Darrell and Marion Benson Cynthia Driscoll
Dr. Tim and Joan Bonner
Patricia Browne and Aggie Thompson Gary Ehalt
C. Jeanne Cook Edward & Eleanore Gregerson
Jim and Tina Diede
Steven Downing and Katherine Dodge Ardis Hannula
Rusty Eichorn Sara Bell Hawkinson
Nick and Nancy Eltgroth Beverly Joan Hemmingson
Dede Emerson Edgar and Hannah Hetteen
Loren and Bonnie Gelle
Sydney Gray Ruth Holm
Carol Paschke Hedman Dorothy Kennedy
Jack Huhta Marion Kumpula
Cavour Johnson
Tere Ivanca and Charles Johnson Ilo Meyer
Michael and Mary Ives Dorothy Njegovan
Warren and Patricia Jewett Edward Paulson
Carolyn King Bill and Ruth Powers
Joan Klar Evelyn Robinson
Mary Kosak
Mike and Martha Lentz Victor Shoaff
David Marty and Sharon Rasmussen-Marty John Slowik
Kurt and Lynn Mangseth Harold and Betty Unger
Jerry and Shirley Miner Clair and Ginny Wilcox
Jonathan and Pamela Miner Erling and Fran Willadson
George and Carol Mullins
Karen Noyce and Arthur Norton Be Forever
Don Olson
Margaret Ann Pecha Whether you want to start a fund now and give
Darcy Reich while you live, or establish a future fund that
Dennis and Wendy Roy is ready to express your Legacy later, we can
Shoaff Family help you prepare for the future. Based on the
Dr. Keith and Carolyn* Stolen causes that are important to you, we work with
Pamela Swearingen you to determine the best approach to help
Robert * and Marilyn Thompson pinpoint where your gift will have a profound
Ken Warren and Jean Seagren Warren and lasting benefit.
Nicholas Wilcox
Noah and Julie Wilcox
Steve Wilcox and Vickie Rassmussen Wilcox
Judy Winter
Gretchen and Richard Wunderlich


Be Beneficial B
Trust: We provide wise stewardship of the gifts
entrusted to us through the grants we make and TRUST Ann Backes
professional investment management of our donors' Will and Bernie Backes
charitable funds. Malissa Bahr
Robert P. Bahr
We are a local face for your philanthropic passions. Laurie S. Bailey
Mary and Dave Baker
We know you have investment choices. We also know David Bakula
things change, such as the closure of your favorite G.D. and Richard Baldner
nonprofit or the remedy of a community need. Our local face will be here to Bann's Bar & Cafe, Inc.
make sure your charitable goals continue to be met 50-100 years from now. Mike and Joan Barle
Barr Engineering
We know our community well. With deep roots in our local communities, Margaret and Joseph Barrick
especially with our nonprofit partners, we have a broad understanding of local Josette Barsness
needs and where there are opportunities to create lasting change. Stephanie and Gregory Barsness
Lori Bartee
We connect donors to the causes that matter. In CONNECT Bruce Bartos
Mimi Barzen and Dan Hanson
helping donors fulfill their charitable goals, we have the Bass Lake Cousins Club
ability to connect donors to grant opportunities that Beth Bassett
ensure their gifts provide the greatest good. Bonnie and Edward Bayers
Kristina Beckfield
We multiply the impact of donors' gifts. LEVERAGE Elinor and Wallace Bell
We have the ability to leverage donors' Bender's Shoe & Sport
gifts with other public and private Shannon Benolken
resources to magnify the impact of our Linda Bergum
grant awards. David and Mardell Bevacqua
Barbara Bibeau
We provide highly personalized and UNDERSTAND Michael Bibich
flexible service. We are available online and in person Tim and Joan Bischoff
to help donors fulfill their philanthropic goals. We Bishop Properties
accept a wide variety of assets and are able to facilitate Shirley and Michael Bjellos
even the most complex forms of giving. Blandin Employees for Life
Blandin Foundation
We are your best choice to name as ENDURE BUILD Rodney and Meredith Bleifuss
beneficiary of your assets when other options KNOW Hazel and Brian Blenkush
aren’t readily available. We work up-front Joen and Denny Blomberg
with donors during estate planning to Bloyer Family
Blueberry Hills Golf Course
understand their intentions so the benefit Gwynne and Fred Bobich
goes directly toward the donor’s favorite Cheryl and Brent Bocnuk
causes. James Boedicker
Edward Bolf
We build endowment. Professional investment management ensures that our Dr. Tim and Joan Bonner
charitable funds will continue to grow and be available to invest in new ideas Chere Bosarge
that respond to our community’s needs, regardless of what the future may Raina and William Boucher
bring. Kathy Bounds
Marcia Bowker
We are certified under National Standards for Community Foundations. This Michelle Bowker
Ann Bozich
means we do things the right way for the betterment of our donors and Catherine Bozich
communities. Jim Bozich
Diane and Steven Bradt
Mary and Glenn Bressler
Brewed Awakenings
Sheila Brogger
Norma Brown
David Bruns
Bumgarner Family Foundation
Crystal Burggraf
Cheryl and Marv Burt

Gifts to the Community Foundation provide maximum tax advantage under state and federal law.


C Arts & Humanities: BENEFIT AREA

Benedict Cahill This fund area is for those who make their connections through the arts.
Cap Baker Lions Club Through grants scholarships, and endowments, these funds foster diverse
Grand Itasca Volunteer Services forms of supporting arts and humanities to provide educational opportunities,
Ann and James Carlson performances and programs that enhance individuals, families and our
Ann and Jay Carlson
Belinda and Donald Carlson community.
Cathy Carlson
Douglas Carlson Fund Grants Balance 2018
Karine Carlson
Timothy Carlson Fund for the Arts $ 16,755
Janie and Douglas Carlson
Rozanne and Patrick Casey Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus $ 764
Centennial Rotary Club Richard H. and Elaine T. Aune Music Scholarship 28,700
Cedar Ridge Dental Centre
Jane Chamberlain Jackson Salo 500 218,885
Robert Chopp Band Boosters Fund
Christ Episcopal Church
Janet and Marty Christensen Hazel Brink Music Scholarship Fund 20,667
Todd and Jaque Christenson
Carol Church Annalise Troyna 500 13,962
City of Bovey Jeff Davies Scholarship for the Arts
City of Coleraine
Kelly Clafton-Martinson Cecilia Clusiau 500
Deer River Activity Boosters/Band Fund 41,063
and Sean Martinson
Ann Clark and Mike McGuinness Endowment Distribution 1,899 12,708
Janice Clune Edge Center Endowment
Aaron Clusiau
Kathryn and David Clusiau Alan and Rose Ann Fritz Piano Scholarship 1,360
Coldwell Banker/ Northwoods Realty
Jim and Sally Columbus Ross Larson 500
Mike Comstock Grand Rapids Band Endowment 12,492
Robert Conzemius
Jeanne Cook Headwaters Music and Arts Education Tax Credit Fund 95
Peter Crema, Sr.
Crossfit Itasca Multiple Grants 9,000 41,947
Sandra and Richard Curry ICTV Investment Fund
Custom Ink LLC
Itasca Orchestra and Strings Endowment 48,204
Endowment Distribution 2,065 11,383
Karen and Douglas Daley Itasca Orchestral and Strings Program/Eleanor Downing & Maxine Miller Fund
Ardell Damjanovich
Sue and Gary Damyanovich Instrument Repairs and Purchases 1,478
Daniel Schmidt Lighting, Inc. Betty Kauppi Music Fund 13,341
Julie and Stephen Dasovich
Donalyn and Paul Dealy Itasca Orchestral Society 606
Don Debolt MacRostie Art Center Endowment 37,671
Gerald Dederick
Deer River Coop Credit Union Endowment Distribution 1,404
Deer River Dental Clinic Northern Community Radio Endowment (KAXE) 330,186
Deer River Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Kelle Degnan Endowment Distribution 16,088 12,215
Renee and Jeffrey Degreef Robert and Margaret Pecha Youth in Arts Fund
Andrea and Ryan Dekich
Susan Dekich Picture Grace Fund
Delta Water Fowl
Multiple Grants 6,744 25,655
Thousand Lakes Chapter Bill and Ruth Powers Education Award
Jaqueline Denucci
Grace and Robert Derfler Michaela Smith 1,000
Janet Deutsch Reif Arts Council Endowment 131,141
Mary Lou and Robert Dezelske
Anne Dimich Reif Dance Company Scholarship 1,708
Judith and Thomas Dimich
Kristin and Rod Dimich Dayelise Davidson 250 5,995
Strings Education Tax Credit Fund
Multiple Grants 4,323
Ginny Wilcox Endowment for the Arts 54,396

St. Joseph’s School 1,500

Be Creative

The Fund for the Arts is a FIELD OF INTEREST fund that
provides grants to local art projects and programs. By
donating to the Fund for the Arts, you provide forever grants
which enable more people to actively participate in and enjoy
art throughout the Greater Itasca Area.

Environment: Cahrene and Daniel Dimick
Distribution Alternatives
Many families and organizations care deeply about our environment. Kathy Dodge and
This fund area is for people and organizations dedicated to ensuring the
quality of our lakes, rivers and forests. Steven Downing
Trisha N Downing
Fund Grants Balance 2018 Janet and Thomas Downing
$ 14,030 Denece Dreger
1000 Lakes and Rivers Fund Mary and Gerald Drewes
82,374 Teresa and Mark Drotts
Endowment Distribution $ 634 Sarah Duell
1000 Lakes Scholarship Fund 18,195 Randall and Kathleen Dugas

Samantha Warner 3,000 4,836 E
DNR Scholarship Funds 40,667
16,777 Sara and Joseph Eastman
Forestry Employees’ Association 29,750 Edge of the Wilderness Realty LLC
17,295 Nicole and Ben Edwards
Mockford Scholarship 18,975 Joanna and Peter Eisch
33,321 Elling World Citizen Foundation
Leif Kett 500 Nick and Nancy Eltgroth
Edge of the Wilderness National Scenic Byway Fund 9,269 Dede Emerson
60,205 Sara Engstrand
Friends of the Forest History Center Carol Erickson
41,729 Kenneth B Ericson
Friends of the Forest History Center Nonendowed Fund 20,778 Essentia Health
EyeCare Centers of Aitkin
Max Fulton Forestry Scholarship Fund
and McGregor
Fund for the Environment
Greater Pokegama Lake Association Fund
Fairview Health Services
Hill Lake Trail Association Fund Tom and Jeanne Fasteland
Sudie and Richard Faulkner
Hill Lake Trail Association 2,500 Louise Koglin Fideldy & Jim Fideldy
Itasca Area Forest Legacy Fund Daniel Fillman
Rebecca Fillman
Itasca County Trails Task Force Fund Financial Perspectives, Inc.
First National Agency of Coleraine
Multiple Grants 44,804 First National Bank of Coleraine
Nik Rajala Memorial Fund Dan Fitzgerald
Kimberly and Dale Flinck
River Watch Fund Susan and Dana Flinck
Floe International, Inc.
Endowment Distribution 907 Floor to Ceiling
Ruth Fordham
Be Friendly Ryan Fox
Judith S Frank
Fraternal Order of Eagles
Marie Fredenburg
Debra and John Fredrickson
Free Range Food Coop
Chris and Johnnie Fulton


Peder D. Gaalaas, Orthodontist
Henry T. Gallagher
Amanda Gangl
Brian Gangl
Robin Gangl
Ron Gangl, Jr.
Joann and George Gardner
Kristen and Joshua Garner
Joan Gehrls
Loren and Bonnie Gelle
Elizabeth Gergen


Scott Gerling Community:
Bob Gernander
Charles Gesme Individuals, organizations and families connect to our community and each
Mary Jo Gibbons other through projects and other service-related initiatives of volunteers,
Renee Gibbons agencies and businesses.
Tom and Cami Gibbons
Allen and Karen Gilbertson Fund Grants Balance 2018
Carla and Dale Gillson
Denise Gillson American Legion Scholarship Fund $ 124,260
Mary and Jon Gillson
Dr. Gary and Loraine Glomstad American Legion McVeigh Dunn Post 60 $ 9,244 2,118
Rick and Karen Glorvigen Bigfork Lions Endowment
Glorvigen, Tierney, Lind & Company 2,000
Paula and Dan Goligoski Annual Distribution 5,778
Diane Gordon Bigfork Lions Nonendowed Fund 1,156
Judith Mullins Gorham
Edge Center For the Arts 1,000 Samantha Hollinday 269,097
and Willet Gorham
Julie and Roy Gram Logan Lane 2,000 8,471
Grand Itasca Volunteer Services Blandin Community Leadership Projects Fund
Grand Rapids Area Hockey Assn 4,685
Grand Rapids Chevrolet, Buick, Itasca Ski and Outing Club, Inc 1,156
Community Funds 44,159
GMC, and Cadillac, Inc. 10,940
Grand Rapids Farmers Market Multiple Grants 161,188 27,312
Grand Rapids High School Post Prom Community Marketing Task Force Fund
Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club 2,000
Grand Rapids Loan Co. Inc. Community Marketing Task Force 3,305
Grand Rapids USBC WBA Community Nonendowed Fund 540,134
Grand Rapids Veterinary Clinic 9,016
Grand Rapids Volleyball Assoc. Multiple Grants 4,632
Grand Rapids Youth Firearm Deer River Area Community Fund 252,661

Safety Instructors EJJ Memorial Fund 263,296
Grand Timber Bank 184,001
Christie and Timothy Graupmann Freestone Community Club Scholarship
Cathy and Mark Gray 730
Sydney Gray Amanda Fideldy 500 Ryan Barrett
Great River Energy Grand Rapids Area Library Foundation Fund 205,646
Greater Insurance Service
Grand Rapids Farmer's Market Fund 8,258
of Northeast Minnesota, Inc.
Barbara and David Green Multiple Grants 11,746 1,000
Greenway Class of 1968 Greater Itasca Area Community Fund 1,000
Greenway Lions Club 1,000
Greenway Volleyball Boosters Multiple Grants 2,259 1,000
Ivonne Grimm Greenway Area Community Fund
Peggy Stephen Grossell 141,566
Lynn T Grundtner Hill City Area Community Fund
Cricket Guyer 133,748
Tessie and Patrick Guyer Hill City Area Community Nonendowed Fund 10,262

H Multiple Grants 604 14,312
Hill City Area Community Scholarship
Andy and Mary Helen Haarklau 724,250
Tom Hagen Annual Distribution 8,000
Hair Designs Unlimited Hill City Area Community Scholarship Nonendowed Fund 11,531
Christine and Kastigar Halverson
Herb and Jean Halverson Nathanial Andrews 1,000 Izabella Bishop 328,495
John Halvorsen 11,976
Margie and Leroy Halvorsen Nathaniel Hilton 1,000 Vienna Price
Carolyn and Dale Hanka 3,000
B.J. Hansen Dominick Thall 1,000 Jerimiah Butler 3,000
Corinna and Michael Harris 3,000
Margaret and Fred Harris Austin Decker 1,000 Frank Nelson 1,000
Ruth Harristhal Itasca County Historical Society Fund
John and Gina Hawkinson 26,759
Hawkinson Construction Annual Distribution 6,577 13,052
Derek Hawkinson McGregor Lakes Area Foundation Endowment Fund 15,774
Larson Haynes
Headwaters School of Music & Arts McGregor Lakes Area Foundation Nonendowed Fund 10,312
Terri Hedblom 26,844
Multiple Grants 8,774
12 Carl and Margaret Mickelson/Kiwanis Scholarship 8,650
Madison Christianson 6,577
Nashwauk Area Community Fund 440

Annual Distribution 22,215
Nashwauk Area Community Nonendowed Fund

Multiple Grants 13,544
Northland Scholarship Endowed Fund

Northland Scholarship Fund Nonendowment

Cortney Dickinson 750 Peyton Johnson

Lauren Tschida 3,000 Kayci Zorman

Annalise Troyna 3,000 Taylor Shepard

Haley Welk 3,000 Hannah Myers

McKenna Shepard 1,000
Remer Depot Endowment

Remer Depot Operating Fund

Wayne Mills/Chet Johnson Rotary Fund

Annual Distribution 548
United Way of 1000 Lakes Endowment Fund

United Way of 1000 Lakes Fund

Voice of Democracy Fund

Warren Youngdahl Fund

Edge of the Wilderness Discovery Center 500 Marcell Family Center

Peace and Safety: Brett Hedlund
Mary and Doug Heiken
We all live, work and play together in our community. Organizations and Theresa Helmel-Davidock
donors in this fund area provide support and resources to programs that
enable us to connect to each other and our world in a safe and peaceful and Drew Davidock
manner. Bill J. Hendricks, Sr.
Dianne and Frank Herendeen
Fund Grants Balance 2018 Amy Herman
$ 12,505 Connie and Kent Hermel
Advocates for Family Peace Endowment Fund 7,572 Phill Hermel
Hibbing Chrysler Center
CASE (Communities Against Sexual Exploitation) Fund 3,509 Jan Hill
Joanne Hill
Multiple Grants $ 151 $ 34,049 Hill City Fireman's Relief Association
GRHS Post Prom Fund Hill City Lions Club
168,505 Hill City United Methodist Church
Multiple Grants 5,736 13,029 Deloris and Dale Hillstrom
Beefy Lawson Memorial Fund 2,114 Donna and Gregory Hoag
12,612 Marcelyn and Terrance Hodder
Multiple Grants 1,450 Greenway Area Community Fund James Hoey
Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Endowment 36,232 Elizabeth and Franklin Hoffman
Stan Kokana
MN Shooting Sports Education Center Fund 56,871 Bob and Patty Holycross
2,518 Lana Hom
Peace and Progress Donor Advised Fund Jim and Kathy Hoolihan
Kay E Horsmann
Alan Seagren Memorial Scholarship Roger Hoyum
Dave Hrouda
Mikeena Mattson Trudy and Harry Huffer
Streufert Peace and Safety Fund Hunt Electric Corporation
Larke Huntley and Lana Bjorgum
Support Within Reach 1,061 Maria Huntley
Jamie Tennison Memorial Compass Fund Kathleen and Douglas Huotari
Judy Hurst
Jamie Tennison Memorial NE Compass Fund
Multiple Grants 5,490
Be Supportive

ICTV, Inc.
B & L Trucking, Inc.
Iron Country Electric and Repair
Joan Isaacs
ISD #317
ISD #318
Itasca Chiropractic Center
Itasca County Attorney
Itasca County Family YMCA
Itasca County Health

and Human Services
Itasca County Historical Society
Itasca Driftskipper Snowmobile Club
Itasca Gun Club
Itasca Life Options
Itasca Medical Care
Itasca Surgical Clinic, PA
Mary and Mike Ives


Shirley Jacobson
Kim and Dayton Jahn
Conley Jannsen
Frances and Duane Jedlenski
Dennis Jennings
Dr. Lee and Mary Jo Jess
Ted Jessen
Bonnie and Ron Johnson
Catherine Davies

and Lawrence Johnson


Clare and Trent Johnson Sports, Recreation and Animals:
Anna Johnson
David Johnson Recreation and caring for animals are an important part of enjoying life here
Julie Johnson in the Greater Itasca Area. We are fortunate to have an abundance of outdoor
Susan Johnson spaces that enable recreation year-round. From grooming snowmobile trails
William Johnson to encouraging students to enter the field of veterinary care, these funds
Rhett and Kimberly Johnson
Kristin and William Johnson enable our families to enjoy being and playing together.
Nicole and Samuel Johnson
Rita and Thomas Johnson Fund Grants Balance 2018
Jo Ann Johnson-Badavinac $ 19,953
Thomas and Mary Jones Bonner Hockey Scholar Award
Pat Jorstad $ 500
JPR Consulting Services Gabe Holum $ 500 Emma Wagner
Juntunen Enterprises Coach Ted Brill Hockey Scholarship 1,602
Jeri and James Jurvelin 12,715
Pamela and Chuck Jurvelin Community Park Endowed Fund
K Annual Distribution 546 3,700
Community Park Task Force
Kelly and Scott Kabotoff 769
A. C. Kantos Harvey and Doris Dahline Wrestling Scholarship Fund 14,617
Tom and Tina Karges
Karen Karls Joseph Tindal 250 18,175
Susan Kaslow Coach Tom Drazenovich Scholarship Fund
Mary Kautto 9,710
Mary Helen Kearney Edge of the Wilderness Student Golf Fund
Carolyn and Scott Keenan 500
Keewatin Sinclair Endowment Distribution 664
KEGO Township Gary Ehalt "His Love For Animals" Veterinary Scholarship 1,634
Jeanne and Robert Kelley
Grand Rapids Public Utilities Kassidy Olson 750 9,534
Grand Rapids/Greenway Swim Association Scholarship
Commission 299
Lorette and John Kent Annalie Marinucci 500 Heather Vance 7,265
Brenda and James Keranen Grand Rapids High School Boys Soccer Team Community Fund
Carolyn and George Kernkamp 66,307
Carol King Multiple Grants 1,487 1,255
James E. King Grand Rapids Hockey Golf Classic Fund
Knights of Columbus 33,296
Tammy and Dennis Kingsley Multiple Grants 13,416
Kirk Gilbertson CPA, P.A. Noble Hall Field Improvement Fund 19,764
Darla and Kent Kirwin
Grand Itasca Foundation Hannula Aviation Scholarship 9,352
Kelly Kirwin and Jeff Ericson 4,698
Kiwanis Club of Grand Rapids Patrick Winkleblack 2,000
Itasca Driftskippers Snowmobile Club Endowment 8,064
Joan Klar Junior Golf Scholarship 76,296
Maggie and Thomas Klatt
Bill Klennert Eagle Ridge Golf Course 1,500
Wade L. Klennert Cliff Kauppi Youth Hockey Fund
Jerry Kleven
Kristin and Corey Klinefelter GRAHA 1,400
Lacey and Timothy Kluck Jennifer Koprowski Scholarship
Jeanne and Richard Koeckeritz
Judith and John Kolb Annalie Marinucci 1,000
Diane and Ray Kongsford Keith Newstrom Memorial Aviation Scholarship
Amber Kongsjord
Heidi Korstad William J Schwartz Laker Ballfield Fund
Bert Kortekaas
Corey Kosak Multiple Grants 4,353
Mary Kosak Spartan Booster Club Fund
Bonnie and Corky Krall
Lynette and Dale Kratochwill Multiple Grants 1,600
Char Kureger Star of the North Humane Society Endowment
David Kuschel
Charity and Howard Kuusisto Be Honest
Addie Kuznia
Jennifer and Richard Kyllander James Christian

14 EAGALA Therapy

Jenna Ihle

STEM: Engineering

Andre Schmidt


Families: L

Strong families are the backbone of our communities. Donors and agencies in Lake Country Furniture, Inc.
this fund area center their attention on directly connecting to families and the Lake Country Power - Mountain Iron
community. From workforce development and youth to parent education, Lake Country Power - Grand Rapids
these funds provide tangible ways we can actively impact each other. Lake Superior Area REALTORS, Inc.
Lake Woods Chrysler
Fund Grants Balance 2018 Barbara and Richard Lambert
$ 6,844 Laurel and Dennis Lamke
Angel of Hope Fund Jim and Colleen Lamke
56,453 Valerie and Joseph Lamott
Multiple Grants $ 112 Cindy and Ken Lamping
Bridges Mentoring Endowment 657 Dona and Arnold Landrus
231 Lois Lang
Endowment Distribution 2,200 17,816 Lange's Nursery & Landscaping, Inc.
Children's Discovery Museum Endowment Jason Larsen
109,624 Tad Larsen
Children's Discovery Museum School Enhancement Fund Bette and Bruce Larson
61,779 Lois Lathrop
Stanley and Helen Kangas Senior Sharing Fund Robert and Mary Jane Latvala
46,191 Latvala Lumber
Multiple Grants 779 Kathryn and Stephen Lavalier
KOOTASCA Community Action, Inc. Fund 800 Marguerite Lawler
Lawrence Lake Liquors
Endowment Distribution 4,900 12,171 Robert and Kathy Lawson
Kosak Family Fund Bill and Sandy Layman
27,806 Lefty's Tent and Party Rental
Multiple Grants 2,437 Patricia and Rodney Leistikow
Fund for Women 156,366 Noah Lentz
Mike and Martha Lentz
Baby Steps 1,396 New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center Anne Lewis and Peter Nord
Star of the North Lions Youth Fund Donald and Sandra Ley
Marty and John Licke
Endowment Distribution 500 Becky Lien
YMCA Youth Program Endowment Jeffrey and Laurie Lightfoot
Nancy and Stephen Lindquist
Endowment Distribution 1,338 Donna Liston
Youth for Christ Endowment Bill Litchke
Peter Lodermeier
Endowment Distribution 7,000 The Lodge at Sugar Lake, Inc.
Marlene Lofrano
Be Fun Julie and David Logemann
Rebecca Loomis and Steve Ewens
Garnet Lord
NJ and RG Loss
Jerry Lothrop
Janet Lundgren
Irene C. Lyytinen


Kent and Judy MacAlpine
Andy and Amanda MacDonell
Carol and Terry Maciej
Mackley's Auto Repair
MacRostie Art Center
Sheila and Tim Maki
The Mallard Club
Ann Marcotte
Cynthia Margo
Jerry Mariano
Mark Hawkinson & Carol Anderson
Sandra and Michael Marsh
Bill and Margaret Marshall
Jodi Martin
Mary and Ivan Martin


Susan and Peter Martinetto Reducing Barriers:
David and Sharon Marty
John Mastery Individuals, organizations and businesses are interested in the well-being of
Donna M Mathre everyone in our community. Realizing that each of us faces hardships in our
Judith Matonich life, these funds grant to organizations that help reduce barriers for
Terry and Muggs Matteson individuals and families in crisis situations who live in the Greater Itasca
Del Matteson
Shawn and Kristi Matteson Area.
Kris Nyberg Mayerle & James Mayerle
Janice McClure Fund Grants Balance 2018
Peter and Charlotte McDermott $ 30,296
Karin and Bryan McGinnis Crisis Grant Fund 720,189
Mary Ellen and Merle McGrath
Patricia and Gene McHugh Endowed Sharing Fund $ 2,000
Barbara McKnight
Pat and Donna Medure Baby Steps $ 3,104 Home Visitor Program
Isaac Meyer
Katie Mickelson Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund 10,000
Midland Title Grand Rapids Public Utilities Community Caring Fund 7,051
Mielke Electric Works 1,231,214
Irene Mikkelson Edgar and Hannah Hetteen Fund
Kathy and Charles Miller
Miner's, Inc. Multiple Grants 60,705 62,197
Minnesota Community Foundation Itasca County Habitat for Humanity Fund 146,878
Minnesota Deer Hunters Assn.
MDHA - Bluff County Chapter Itasca County Sharing Fund
MDHA - Burnsville
MDHA - Carlton County Chapter Multiple Grants 74,346
MDHA - Des Moines Valley Chapter Itasca Diversity Alliance 729
MDHA - East Ottertail Chapter
MDHA - Executive Board Itasca Diversity Alliance 500
MDHA - Hibbing-Chisholm Chapter Delbert Matteson 2nd Harvest NC Food Bank Endowment Fund 21,406
MDHA - Smokey Hills Chapter 9
MDHA - Southeastern Chapter MDI Success at Work Scholarship Fund
Minnesota Power Foundation
Joell Miranda Sandy Jorge Canseco 1,000 Stephan McGee, II 1,000
Darrell and Maureen Mishler 1,000
MN Direct Properties, Inc. Jason Anderson, Jr. 1,000 Frank Nelson 1,000
John Modjeski
James Monge Trent Nygaard 1,000 Ethan Schjenken
Antoinette and Leo Monster
Moose Willow Sportsman's Club Taylor Shepard 1,000
Margaret Morris and Arthur Merrill Mobility Mania Accessibility For All Fund 29,592
Liv C Morstad-Jensen
MRK Financial Solution Multiple Grants 4,524
LM Mueller Wayne K. Mills Salvation Army Fund 29,838
Janey and Robert Muirhead 38,341
Jane H. Mullins Rural Leadership Access Fund
Christina Murphy
Maureen Murphy Multiple Grants 38,638 62,899
Second Harvest North Central Food Bank Endowment 4,864
Kristian Myers
Veterans Support Emergency Fund
Multiple Grants 935 64,234
Veterans Support Fund
Loon Country Quilters 500 Pike for Vets

Be Strong

Melissa Weidendorf

EMDR Training

Nashwauk Community Volunteers Cortney Orstad Kayla Meyer
Jillian and Todd Nelson
Paul Nesse Visceral Manipulation Licensed Professional
Michelle and Jason Newberg Clinical Counselor
Holly and Mike Newton
Tamara Nice-Ebertowski Melissa Fairchild
Jeanne and Brian Nicklason
Dar and Michael Nielsen Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Glen Nielsen
Roseanna Jean Niemeier
Karen Niemela
Alice and Charles Niewind
N-K Alumni and Friends
Mark Nohre


Health and Well-Being: Northbank Professional Building, Inc.
Northern Lakes Dental
This fund area reaches organizations and people who connect through quality Northern Minnesota Builders Assn
health care. The funds, grants and scholarships offered here provide concrete Northern Star Cooperative Services
programs, education and resources which address the unique needs of
wellness and well-being in this rural setting of the Greater Itasca Area. (Deer River Cenex)
Northland Foundation
Fund Grants Balance 2018 Northland Lions Club
$ 98,310 Northland Remer Education Minnesota
Alzheimer's Family Support Fund Northwoods Acupuncture

ElderCircle $ 3,992 87,721 and Wellness Center
Mel and Lucille Beier Cancer Crisis Fund Art Norton and Karen Noyce
Nancy Nunn
Establish Nonendowed Fund 3,631 Diana and Richard Nustad
Bigfork Valley Hospital Endowment 467,710 Diane and Marvin Nygaard

Endowment Distribution 21,270 27,666 O
Blandin Employees for Life Fund 53,962
Tim Oakley
Dederick Memorial Scholarship Fund 2,957 Beverly and Patrick O'Connor
4,991 Bill and Norma Odegard
Sophie D. Delich Hospice Nursing Scholarship Andrea and Thomas Oden
Karen and Bruce Ogle
Diamond Willow Advancement in Healthcare Scholarship Fund Michelle and Larry Olson
Kenneth R Olson
Nicole Schjenken 1,000 9,735 Maybeth Olson
372,722 Julie A Olson-Schmid
ElderCircle Fund Shawn O'Reilly
Gail Orhn
Grand Itasca Foundation Fund Orion Corporation of Minnesota
Don Osell
Endowment Distribution 17,336 Roberta and Donald Osse
Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital Volunteer Services Scholarship 3,343 Tyler Ous
Outing Chamber of Commerce
Shay Anderson 1,500 Amy Glass $ 1,500
Jean Hammann 1,500 P
Sarah Patton 1,500
Margaret and Craig Palan
Cortney Orstad 1,500 40,102 Roberta R Palen
Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Endowment 102,987 Barbara and Ronald Parker
Paul Bunyan Telephone
Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Fund Adam Pavek
Temper Payne
Multiple Grants 19,251 24,987 Margaret Ann Pecha
Itasca Area Cancer Crisis Operating Fund Julie and Lawrence Pederson
Kathy Peltier
Multiple Grants 590 506,125 Ray and Mary Helen Pelton
Shan and Thomas Peluso
Itasca Hospice Foundation Pengilly Booster Club
Joyce and Mike Peraaho
Endowment Distribution 23,126 102,130 Katie and Joel Perrington
Carol and Richard Perrott
Itasca Life Options Dixie Lee and Donald Perry
Darrold and Laurie Persson
Endowment Distribution 4,862 102,239 Lori and Dan Petermeier
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kelly Scholarship Andrea M Peterson
1,000 Linda Peterson
Jean Hammann 1,000 Julie Halvorson Myrna Peterson
10,789 Peterson Funeral Chapel, Inc.
Lifetime Smiles Fund 5,252
Paul and Linda Petruzzi
Mental Health Education Fund Matt Piche
Pickled Loon Saloon
Mental Health Education 2,033 Abbey and Tony Pierce
Dr. Jules and Ilo Meyer Medical Scholarship 115,102 Barbara and John Pilney
Chris and Michael Plackner
Sarah Patton 5,000 Plackner Tree Care
Minnesota Rural Health School Fund 31,688
29,859 Pokegama Electric, Inc.
Restore A Smile Fund
Dental Grants 1,395
Betty Shannon Scholarship Fund 109,986

Chevden Gambill 2,000 Amy Glass 1,000

Be Active Chris Feist


Cassie Hildenbrand


Sarah Patton

Rural Pharmacy

Amy Glass Payton Jochum Brea
Nursing Nursing
Ultrasound Tech

Catherine Diekmann Excellence in Education:
and Brian Polkinghorn
People and organizations in this area understand the importance of
Sandra and Patrick Pollack connecting through education. Through scholarships, grants, programs and
Don Popovich endowments, these types of funds provide a significant resource to make a
Judith and David Porter meaningful and lasting educational impact on the lives of individuals and our
Heather and Eric Porterfield
Peg and William Poulter entire community.
Eleanor Elise Prato
Paul Provinzino Fund Grants Balance 2018
Linda and Steven Przytarski $ 28,029
Grand Rapids AAUW Anniversary Scholarship 768
Grand Rapids AAUW Anniversary Nonendowed Fund
Quality Refrigeration and Heating, Inc.
Denis Quarberg Angela Thomas $ 1,000
Jane and Paul Quitney Zack Adams Memorial Scholarship Fund 7,549

R Luke Broberg 1,000 11,850
Catherine Anderson Memorial Scholarship
Mary and Thomas Radermacher
Jane and James Rahne Emma Rauzi 1,000
Evelyn and Brian Rajala Jerry and Cathie (Saxhaug) Anderson Scholarship 82,145
Pam Rajala and Charles Kampen 20,217
Rajala Mill Company Lou and Mary Alice Barle Memorial Scholarship
Nancy and Roger Ralston 244,182
Steve Ranallo Bailey Hubbard 1,000 Anto Vidovic $ 1,000
Range Bottle and Gas Company Robert and Shirley Bennett Scholarship 2,500 82,018
Lynn Ranger
Coldwell Banker Realtors Grand Rapids High School 5,000 Bryana Saric
Darcy Reich Lilah Maddy Brandon Scholarship
Bill and Mary Nell Reif
Reif Arts Council Karen Brink Scholarship
Nancy and Tim Reilley
Richard and Vicki Reineck Myla Anttila 750
Michelle and Roman Reis Nicole Calgaro Memorial Scholarship 21,734
Mary and Richard Reynolds
Ardis Rhoades Kiara Alger 500 Abigail Schummer 500
Ken Ricker Deer River Schools Endowment
Jamie Riendeau 156,441
Randy Rios District 318 Endowment 557,284
Patti and William Riviere
RJ's Market & Liquor Endowment Distribution 26,328 68
Scott Robinson District 318 Non-Endowed Fund
Angela Roche 15,630
Rollerblade for Cancer Aid Multiple Grants 36,936
Ron's Corner Market Eagle Scholarship 37,374
Lynda Ross
Arlen Rostvold Madison Patrow 500 1,000
Rotary Club of Grand Rapids Dede Emerson Fund
Janice and David Rourk 27,571
Mark Roy Ashley Kortekaas 1,000 Michaela Smith
Wendy and Denny Roy Jan Ferraro Memorial Scholarship Fund 71,223
Lauri and James Rupert
Mike and Barbara Ruzek Nathanial Andrews 5,000 1,000
Thomas and Barb Ryan Turna E. Fletcher Scholarship

S Angel Verbeck 1,000 Danica Fairbanks
Forest Lake Elementary - Sydney Gray Scholarship Fund
Saint Paul Foundation
Janna Salmela Jayden Gerak 500
Robert Salmi Gibbons Family Scholarship Fund
Grand Rapids Hockey Golf Classic
Danyelle Lovdahl 1,000 Maggie Anderson 1,000
Alice Sarkela Collin Graf 1,000 Payton Jochum 500
Ann Saxhaug 1,000
Logan Lane 1,000 Carly Onret 1,000
18 1,000
Ethan Schjenken 1,000 Dalton Feldhaus
Jason Anderson, Jr. 1,000 Zachary Benson

Dayelise Davidson 500 Sarah Larson
Grace Christian School Endowment 101,939

Endowment Distribution 4,860 44,451
Rae Graham Scholarship
Christian Neumayer 750 Hannah Goggleye
GRHS Class of 1966 Forrest L. Willey Memorial Scholarship Fund 2,107

Madison Christianson 500
GRHS Class of '85 Legacy Scholarship 8,121
Ed and Eleanore Gregerson Scholarship

Luke Kinnenen 10,000
Jack Gunderson Memorial Scholarship 5,280

Angel Verbeck 500
Sulo Herrala Scholarship Fund 11,619

Jaden Meyer 500
G.J. Holt Family Scholarship 155,272

Samantha Hollinday 4,000 11,069
Ruth Hurlbert Scholarship

Oak Hills Christian College 500
Lavona M. Jasper Scholarship 24,343

Alissa Glines 1,000
Mel and Nancy Kooda Memorial Scholarship Fund 23,453

Fund Grants Balance 2018 Ron Schaefer
Latterell Family Scholarship 38,039 Schaeffler Group USA
Peg and Ed Schagh
Lexi Becker $ 750 117 Sandra and Edward Schaughnessy
Chris and Dick Schedin
Brad Lemke Scholarship Darwin Schiller
Mary and Edward Schjenken
Tyler Gunderson 1,800 Nicholas Mann $ 1,800 Bud and Dr. Therese Schneider
N-K Alumni and Friends Foundation Fund Mary and William Schnell
Barbara Schroeder
Nashwauk Area Community Fund 31,338 John Schroeder
N-K Friends Nonendowed Fund Schroeder Family Dentistry
Anita D. Schwantes
Nashwauk Area Community Fund 1,522 2,463 James Schwindeman
31,573 Ruth Sejnoha
PATH-UP Scholarship Fund Robert M Senkfor
247,885 Kaitlin and Andrew Sertich
Petersen-Menefee Fund Ranae Seykora
4,500 Carole and Robert Shankland
Endowment Distribution 1,484 Betty Shannon
Steven Pietila Memorial Scholarship 15,761 Thomas P Shaughnessy
Judy and Charlie Sherman
Ashley Drotts 4,500 Garrett Schjenken Andy and Kelly Shermoen
Bill Prigge Memorial Economic Scholarship Mary and William Sieben
Mary Sigfrinius
Madison Steinhart 750 Mary Beth Sigfrinius
Chad and Dana Simons
Jerry Reed Scholarship Annie Sitek
Tim Skelly
Danica Fairbanks 750 Josh & Maggie Skelton
Myles Reif Memorial Scholarship 75,218 Karen Skraba
Jonnie Sletten
Julie Anderson 4,000 10,877 Slumberland
Dan Retka Memorial Scholarship Roberta and Ron Smith
Gwenn Smith
St. John's Catholic Church of Hill City Scholarship Fund 14,863 Janice Smith
Pearl Smith
Nanette Berg 1,000 Noah Bishop 1,000 Robert W. and Marney Smith
1,000 Chad Snider
Emily Bounds 1,000 Maria Weis Grace Sobolik
Wade and Barbara (Danielson) Salisbury Family Fund 9,405 Bri Solem
James Stamson
John Setterberg Memorial Scholarship 9,216 Ann and Tom Stanley
Star of the North Lions
Nathaniel Grossell 500 Kellie Humble 500 Suzanne Starr
Truman and Borghild (Bud) Shoaff Memorial Family Fund Mike and Jennifer Stefan
5,231 Eileen and William Steffes
Brad Smith Memorial Scholarship 33,720 Robert Matthew Stein
Jessica Sterle
Garrett Schjenken 1,000 Christy and Ron Stoffel
Southwest Elementary - Bill Gray Scholarship Fund
Stokes Printing
Ryan Dunnell 500 51,181 Warren Stolp
19,588 Mark Strege
SPARK Fund Mary and Don Streufert
Janet D Swanson
Multiple Grants 69,374 Tim Swanson
Barbara Swentkofske Memorial Scholarship
Emily Saumer 500

Haley Richards Lauren VanDenHeuvel

Education Early Childhood Education

Aaron Drotts

Education & Coaching

Morgan Patrow Twyla Niemi T & T Excavating
Deb Tammi
Education Early Childhood Education Lynda Tarbuck
Jill and G Tarnowski
Be Inquisitive Joy Tavis
Carla and Gregory Taylor
Valerie and Robin Tellor
Gina Tennison
Jim and Mary Tennison


Linnea Tennison Be Kind
The Boldt Company
George and Jean Thom “Life isn't about finding yourself.
Betty and Russell Thompson Life is about creating yourself.”
Betty L Thompson
Gary Thompson - George Bernard Shaw
Thrivent Choice
Timberlake Lodge Dedicated Volunteers
Jeanne and William Tix
Angela and Justin Tobeck There are many things we are only able to accomplish because of dedicated volunteers.
Karen and Robert Tok These people step up to perform administrative tasks, serve on Community Fund and other
Andy and Keith Tok Advisory Committees, read and evaluate scholarship applications, and more.
Mandy Tran
Amy Trast Thank you for your time and commitment to the Foundation and our community.
Travel Leaders
Debra and Michael Troumbly We appreciate you!
Edna and Leo Trunt
Sandy and James Tulek Jeanne and Judd Watson
Dr. James Tuorila Marsha Miller
Sheryl Tverberg Minuteman Press

U Richard Anderson Mary Ives Pat Rendle
Emily Benham LaNea Johnson Heather Schjenken
Curtis Ugland Denny Blomberg Sue Kaslow Bud Schneider
United Methodist Church
United Methodist Women Gwynne Bobich Dan Kingsley Claire Schumacher
UPM - Blandin Paper Daidre Breen Bill Klennert Ben Sletten
Steve Dascovich Amber Kongsjord Gwenn Smith
V Gerry Dederick David Lange Sarah Snestad
Ben DeNucci Mike Lentz Warren Stolp
Carol and Lawrence Vail Grace Derfler Anne Marcotte Jan Swanson
Rochelle VanDenHeuvel Myron Ekstrand Beth Mackey Lynda Tarbuck
Linda and Wayne Vaughn Tom Fasteland Carissa McIlwain Casey Venema
Barb and Doug Veit Brian Gangl Darrell Mishler Kimberly Venema
Mary B. Vergin Robin Gangl Maureen Mishler Ann Vidovic
Vieau Associates, Inc. Barb Gibeau Aaron Miskovich Beth Voigt
Visit Grand Rapids
Robin and Jim Vogen Marsha Green Kristian Myers Noah Wilcox
Elizabeth and Norman Voight Cricket Guyer Leah Oslin
Kelly Hain Maria Peluso
W BJ Hansen Jim Peterson

Scott Wachtler
Jane and Paul Wagner
Nancy and Chip Wagner
Patricia and Gary Walstad
Diane and Don Walter
Janis and Charles Wann
Carolyn Ward
Jeanne and Judd Watson
Don Watson
Community Cafe
Terry and Diane Weber
Mary Jo Weber
Sherry Weber
Jodie Weinhold
Matt Wenino
Judith and Joseph Whalen
Lynn and Gary Wheelock
Mark and Michelle White
White Oak Inn and Suites
White Wolf Computing Solutions
Robert and Virginia Wickman
Elise and Doug Widen
Grand Rapids State Bank

20Noah and Julie Wilcox

Creating Opportunity: Steve and Vickie Wilcox
Wiley's Marine
This fund area is designed to support individuals and families in our Jennifer Wilhelm
community with bright goals and dreams. These funds provide grants and Kathleen and Gilbert Willson
scholarships to deserving students and organizations who may have limited Wade and Shelley Wilson
opportunities for other support to help them achieve their potential. Mary Jo Wimmer
Laura Wingate
Fund Grants Balance 2018 Alvin and Patricia Wisuri
$ 21,330 Janet and James Woehrle
Phil and Pat Anderson Education Support Fund Joseph C Wood
Woodland Bank
Education Grant $ 532 Woodsman Cafe
Melvin and Lucille Beier Family Scholarship 26,709 Christopher Worth
Tim Wotzka
Twyla Niemi 1,000 Bud and Gretchen Wunderlich
Community Foundation General Scholarship 32,322
Gunnar Harris 700 Joshua Engel $ 750
Yellowstone Log Homes
Jillian Korpi 700 13,058 of McGregor
Barb James Memorial Scholarship
Jeff Yeschick
Maureen Erickson Robertshaw 500 73,581
Frances Bartos King—James E. King Scholarship 151 Z

Opportunity for the North Scholarship Trisha and Paul Zimmerman
Ronald Zobenica
Kira Borgman 1,500 Nancy Zupan

Be Thoughtful

“Today was good.
Today was fun.

Tomorrow is another one.”

- Dr. Seuss


Workforce Support and Development:

This fund area focuses on the importance of our local economy and workforce. Providing grants and
scholarships that strengthen our current and future workforce is important to maintain a vibrant
community that supports jobs and careers for individuals and families right here at home.

Fund Grants Balance 2018
$ 1,099
Business Women of Greater Grand Rapids Scholarship 15,419
Bob Frick Memorial Scholarship 8,461

Jason Anderson, Jr. $ 500 71,554
John and Frances Furlong Scholarship 44,965
Cassie Hildenbrand 1,000 Brea Preisinger $ 1,000 54,038
Greater Itasca Workforce Ready Education Awards
(Education Grants for Workforce Development from the Jerry and Cathie (Saxhaug) Anderson Scholarship Fund 1,500
James Christian 1,500 Kayla Meyer 1,500
Andre Schmidt 1,500 Nathan Porterfield 4,000

Lane Anderson 1,500 Austin Decker 700
Aaron Drotts 1,000 Nathan Erickson 4,000
Melissa Fairchild 1,500 Amy Glass 1,500
Julie Halvorson 1,000 Gunnar Harris 1,000
Jenna Ihle 2,000 Jeffrey Korpi 4,000
Molly McDowell 4,000 Jeffrey Moore 5,000
Rachel Nimlos 1,000 Cortney Orstad
Morgan Patrow 1,000 Sarah Patton
Haley Richards 1,500 Nicole Schjenken
Shana Simonson 400 Lauren VanDenHeuvel
Susan Wass 1,000 Melissa Weidendorf

Chris Feist 1,000 Dalton Feldhaus

Cassie Hildenbrand 1,500 Brea Preisinger

Ethan Schjenken 5,000 Payton Jochum

Twyla Niemi 1,500 Trent Nygaard

Susan Waas 1,000
J.W. Kumpula Scholarship

Navada Garmaker 1,000 Thomas Marty
Edgar R and Bess R Mullins Award

Morgan Johnson 1,000 Christian Neumayer
Northern Minnesota Builders Association Endowed Fund

Dalton Feldhaus 1,000 Lane Anderson
Erling and Fran Willadson Scholarship

Brea Preisinger 1,000 Dustin Campbell

Jeffrey Moore Nathan Erickson

HVAC Diesel Mechanic

Jeffrey Korpi

Building Trades

Nathan Porterfield Austin Decker

Auto Mechanics Diesel Mechanic

22 Trent Nygaard Be Productive

Diesel Mechanic

Donor Advised Funds


Donor Advised Funds are all over the news now. Donor Advised Funds are not new, nor a fad. The first
Donor Advised Funds were opened in the mid 1930s and housed at Community Foundations. In the
1990s, Donor-Advised Funds began to grow in visibility and popularity, and today they are
philanthropy’s fastest-growing vehicles.

A Donor Advised Fund allows donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax

deduction and then recommend grants from the fund over time.  Donors can contribute to the fund as
frequently as they like, and then recommend grants that BENEFIT their favorite charities at a time that
makes sense for them.

Many people don’t necessarily want the administrative burden that Julie Halvorson
goes along with a private foundation. Some prefer to engage in the
FUN part of grantmaking (i.e. selecting which charitable causes and Medical Billing
nonprofit organizations receive grants) without worrying about the
administrative burden and compliance issues.

That’s where the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation
comes in. For donors, these funds are much easier to manage
than private foundations. Creating a Donor Advised Fund
requires no board meetings, and no additional administrative
or investment oversight. You provide the gifts and recommend
the grants, and we take care of the rest.

Rachel Nimlos Susan Wass

Nursing Business



Shana Simonson Nicole Schjenken

Business Management & Digital Marketing Nursing

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation can help you convert your foundation
to a Donor Advised Fund with less overhead, improved tax deductions and increased
grant flexibility.

You can select the Fund advisors and successors.
You can even keep the name of your foundation intact.


Commitment to a Philanthropic Lifestyle:

This fund area is for individuals and families who connect to their world through a significant lifestyle of
giving back to community. By establishing a Donor Advised Fund, individuals and families advise the
Community Foundation about the unique ways they choose to benefit their community.

Fund Grants Balance 2018
Anderson/Hubbard Family Fund $ 5,000 $ 15

Multiple Grants 2,400 39,652

Anonymous Donor Advised Fund 3,600 12,663
14,708 19,801
Multiple Grants 1,000
Anonymous Donor Advised Fund (2)
Randall C Benson Family Fund 398,888

Blue Heron Fund Deer River Area Food Shelf $ 500 53,962
Multiple Grants

Peter Burich and Gloria Sella Burich Fund

Multiple Grants

Dederick Memorial Donor Advised Fund

Deer River Area Community Fund

Nick and Nancy Eltgroth Fund

Multiple Grants 23,500 Be Awesome 4,665
449 37,486
Encourage Fund 199,723
Loren and Bonnie Gelle Fund 8,000 2,177
Trinity Lutheran Church 15,314
Gibbons Family Fund 13,169
Endowment Distribution
Gibbons Family Donor Advised Fund

Multiple Grants

Glorvigen Family Fund
Glorvigen Family Nonendowed Fund
John and Gina Hawkinson Endowment
John and Gina Hawkinson Advised Fund

Multiple Grants

Inspire Fund

Multiple Grants 1,250 49,835
Corinne Gibson Ivanca Family Fund 1,274
3,465 67,132
Itasca County Family YMCA 2,600
8,000 10,155
Ives Family Fund
Tom and Tina Karges Donor Advised Fund 6,487

Multiple Grants 25,237

Ladyslipper Fund

Multiple Grants

Kent and Judy MacAlpine Fund

Multiple Grants

TJ Maroney/Barzen Donor Advised Fund

Multiple Grants 15,600
TJ Maroney/Barzen Donor Advised Endowed Fund 53,572
Jerry & Shirley Miner Family Fund

Multiple Grants 55,000
William and Norma Odegard Fund 852

Multiple Grants 33,500 35,521
Donald R. and Betty T. Olson Memorial Fund 13,930

Cecilia Riedman Fund 27,310
Wendy and Denny Roy Donor Advised Fund
Sandstrom Family Fund 4,358 20,764
Multiple Grants 2,072
2,100 5,091
White Birch Fund
Robert and Virginia Wickman Endowment 39,125
Zion Lutheran Church

Wildcat Fund

Multiple Grants

Wilcox Development Award
Clair and Ginny Wilcox Fund

St. Joseph’s School 22,127 43,973

Vickie and Steve Wilcox Last Leaf 2010


Corporate Giving:

A Corporate Giving Fund with the Community Foundation makes giving back to the community easy
and can prevent distractions to the important work of running a business. You define the giving
parameters your business wants to achieve, requestors and nonprofit organizations apply through our
online application process, and the Community Foundation works with you—on your schedule—to

connect the best fit for you business’ charitable giving.

Fund Grants Balance 2018
$ 4,931
Downtown Business Association
Multiple Grants $ 5,094
Economic Development Projects Nonendowed Fund 114

IEDC 10,000 280,978
GRSB Financial Focus Scholarship
ICC Foundation 1,000 Gabe Holum $ 500 401
Tucker Johnson 500 2,000
Hawkinson Construction Company Fund 2,000 105,796
2,000 146,906
Multiple Grants 10,000 2,000
IEDC Endowment 391,129

MagGlobal LLC Corporate Giving Fund

MagGlobal, Inc. "Excellence in Education" Scholarship

MDI Success at Work Endowment Fund

MDI Success at Work Nonendowed Fund

Multiple Grants 41,864
Terry and Muggs Matteson L&M Appreciation Scholarship Fund

Cody Sunie 2,000 Sean Jager

Stephanie Klaysmat 2,000 M State Foundation and Alumni

Benjamin Tjepkes 2,000 Megan Vogelsang

Shay Anderson 2,000 Mikeena Mattson

Lane Anderson


Ethan Schjenken Dalton Feldhaus

Machine Operator, Millwright, Lathe Electrician

Operations and Administration:

Charitable Gift Annuity Funds: Liabilities Assets
Total of Seven Gift Annuities 195,932
$ 376,322
Operations/Administration: 1,662,624
Operating - Checking 247 190,454
Administrative Quasi-Endowment 18,513,123 22,257
CGA Insurance Fund
Foundation Fund 562,076
Wilcox Community Foundation Fund 290,334
Total Grants
Liabilities $ 20,104,149
Total Liabilities and Assets

Be Dedicated

Together with our local business partners, NEMOJT, and other organizations, we want to find new ways to join resources—
community wide—to provide education, training, internships, jobs and other opportunities for current and future generations to

continue to live here, work here, and stay here.

You can make a positive impact on our local workforce!
Call us to find out how: (218) 999-9100

Jerry and
Cathie (Saxhaug)


2014 2015
20 awards 20 awards
$ 50,200 $ 50,000

2016 2017
35 awards 31 awards
$ 74,700 $ 70,370

dedicated $250,000 providing a 2:1 match for : 36 awards
$ 61,890

MDI dedicated $25,000

INDUSTRIAL LUBRICANT dedicated $25,000

UPM - BLANDIN PAPER dedicated $15,000
to support local workforce education and training over 5 years.

What good do you want your money to do?


Board of Directors 2018

Dennis Anderson Keith Anderson Steven Burggraf Shannon Benolken Kathy Dodge

Rhett Johnson Kelly Kabatoff Kelly Kirwin Jim Lamke Cynthia Margo

Sonja Merrild Isaac Meyer Kristian Myers Amy Trast Julie Wilcox

Community Foundation Staff

Chris Fulton Sarah Copeland Kim Thompson Brianna Spry Cathy Sayward
Executive Director Director of Grants & Programs Accountant Program Administrator Administrative Assistant

joining Be Welcoming with
charitable community


28 350 NW 1st Ave., Suite E
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
(218) 999-9100

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