Annual Century Giving campaign begins
Eden Prairie residents are being asked to support the work of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, which is making its annual Century Giving appeal.
These donations support the Community Foundation’s programs, including its annual grants. For 35 consecutive years, the Community Foundation has been assessing community needs and awarding grants to the nonprofits and other agencies trying to fill these needs.
The result has been $1.6 million in grants to 60-plus organizations that are changing lives in Eden Prairie – including PROP, Cornerstone, The PROP Shop, and many others.
“The Century Giving appeal is our largest campaign, and it asks residents to give what they can to support the Community Foundation’s work to fill unmet needs,” said Executive Director Mark Weber. “Without this ongoing support – fantastic support over the last 35 years, really – Eden Prairie wouldn’t be the great place to live and work that it is today.”
A number of Eden Prairie households are receiving a Century Giving request by mail, but the Community Foundation welcomes all financial support regardless of amount. Donations can be made on this website’s Donation Page or checks can be sent to: Eden Prairie Community Foundation, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
You can read about the recent work of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation here: 2016 Century Giving flyer_standard PDF
Beverly Aho to lead EPCF Board for 2016-17
Beverly Aho, an Eden Prairie resident and a business, real estate and civil litigation attorney at the James H. Gilbert Law Group, PLLC, has been elected chair of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s board of directors for the 2016-17 year.
She succeeds Patricia Magnuson, who remains on the organization’s board of directors as past chair. Other officers recently elected are: Joan Grootwassink, vice chair; Nancy Holden, secretary; and Ranee Jacobus, treasurer.
The EPCF Board also welcomes two new directors: Jay Lotthammer and PG Narayanan. The Community Foundation is governed by a 13-member, all-volunteer board and a paid executive director.
Beverly and her husband, Eden Prairie Councilmember Brad Aho, have been residents of Eden Prairie for 25 years, and have three grown children. They have been active in the community, serving in various capacities for nonprofits, charities, church and school. Bev is also a member of Rotary, the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce and Eden Prairie Lioness Club.
She has an M.B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University School of Law.
“As the EPCF begins its 35th year of enriching our community through philanthropy, collaboration and leadership, I am honored to serve on this board and in this capacity,” said Bev, who is serving her second three-year term. “We look forward to another great year of service to our community, including hosting our Brewfest in September and our gala next April.”
Leaving the board are longtime members Katie Castro, Doug Loon, and Scott Otis.
Thank-you for your support of 2016 EP Gives
Thank you Eden Prairie, for supporting the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s annual “EP Gives” event on April 30 at Green Acres Event Center.
This annual event provides financial support to the Foundation and its programs, including its roles as grant maker and fiscal sponsor.
“EP Gives” this year also raised money for the organization’s Youth Initiative, specifically its support for PROP’s youth scholarships, the Police Department’s CounterAct curriculum for fifth-graders, and the Dr. Jean Harris Scholarship Award. More than $11,000 was raised for these programs.
The Foundation is indebted to the more than 40 businesses and individuals who were sponsors of this year’s event, especially the Premier Sponsor, the law firm of Gregerson, Rosow, Johnson and Nilan. You can find a full list of sponsors on this website.
This year’s “EP Gives” was also recognition of the Foundation’s 35th anniversary, and among the nearly 200 guests were original board members Ruth Hustad, Dean Edstrom, and Roy Terwilliger.
The Foundation’s next event will be Prairie Brewfest, an outdoor craft-beer sampling event that will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie. Watch for details coming soon.
EPCF launches its youth initiative
Young people – and making them better citizens of the world – is a new priority of the Community Foundation. It has launched a “youth initiative,” and identified two early projects: long-term funding for the CounterAct program that police officers present to Eden Prairie fifth-graders, and PROP scholarship dollars so youth can participate in sports, theater, swimming lessons, and other after-school activities.
You can read about the Community Foundation’s youth initiatives and how they came to be in this Eden Prairie News story.
CounterAct and PROP’s after-school youth scholarships are existing and proven programs that need more funding support from the community. The Eden Prairie Community Foundation is rallying residents and businesses to meet this need, and fund these programs long-term so they continue to mold our young people.
You can help by using our “Donate” page on this website to make a contribution to this effort. Thank you!