With EPCF help, EP Reads brought the author of "Wild" to Eden PraIrie. (Photo courtesy Eden Prairie News)

With EPCF help, EP Reads brought the author of “Wild” to Eden PraIrie. (Photo courtesy Eden Prairie News)

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation has begun its annual “Century Giving” campaign, a way to support the organization and its work without attending a gala social event.

This is a campaign the Community Foundation has held every year since 1997, and one that helps fund its broad range of work – not only the well-known annual granting program but also its work on a new Youth Initiative, its philanthropy through donor-advised and designated funds, its collaboration with other non-profits, and its work to provide community leadership.

The organization asks Eden Prairie households to consider sustaining EPCF’s work with a contribution of at least $100 – thus the reference to “century.” Other giving levels include Patron Givers ($1,000 to $4,999) and Benefactor Givers ($5,000 or more).

Those who have supported the Community Foundation in the past are receiving a newsletter and remittance envelope that can be used to mail a donation to EPCF. Donations can also be made online with a credit card, using this website. Go to our “Donation Page” and indicate you are making a Century Giving donation.

 

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!

‘EP Gives 10,000′ campaign is launched

The theory that Eden Prairie residents generously give back to the community is about to be tested with the Jan. 26 launch of “EP Gives 10,000.”

The three-month campaign will have the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, Grace Church, and the Eden Prairie News urging people who live, work, or worship in Eden Prairie to pledge and contribute 10,000 hours of volunteer service to Eden Prairie projects, causes, or organizations between Jan. 26 and April 25. April 25 also happens to be the date of the Community Foundation’s annual EP Gives event, which celebrates the organization’s newest grants as well as the community’s philanthropy and service overall.

Does your Eden Prairie organization have a service project that can count toward the 10,000-hour goal? Does your organization need Eden Prairie volunteers? Then campaign organizers want to hear from you, so they can track the volunteer hours being contributed and also connect prospective volunteers with jobs to be done.

Much of the campaign information will be shared on the “EP Gives 10,000” Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EPgives. From there, people looking for a volunteer service project will be directed to a list of possibilities. You can also follow @EPGives on Twitter.

“This is a way to call attention to the great community service work that already exists, and also to get more people giving back to Eden Prairie,” said Mark Weber, executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation. “Plus, it falls right in line with the Community Foundation’s mission to promote collaboration, leadership, and philanthropy.

“We really appreciate the involvement of Grace Church and the Eden Prairie News, because they’re great believers in community service and they can help us spread the word. Remember, it’s really all about cause and effect: We have the cause, and you have the effect!”

Civic organizations and non-profits that have community service projects planned for that time period, or need volunteers, are asked to contact Weber at mweber@epcommunityfoundation.org so those projects can be noted and additional volunteers can be located.

 

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