Terry Hutchins enjoys dancing to the band, High Brow and The Shades, at this year’s EP Gives event.

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.

 

Make a 2016 contribution to the EP Foundation

Granting by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation and its fund-holders continues to increase.

Last year more than $250,000 was granted to organizations and projects benefiting Eden Prairie. That includes about $45,000 granted directly from the Foundation to 14 organizations serving EP, and more than $200,000 from families and organizations that hold funds at the Foundation – including the Miracle Field Fund, the Sydney Galleger Diving Pool Fund, and the Autumn and David Tysk Youth Lacrosse Fund.

These grants improve the quality of life in Eden Prairie.

You can help the Eden Prairie Community Foundation continue this work by making a contribution that also has tax advantages. Make a donation on this website today. You’ll be helping change lives and fill unmet needs.

The Foundation’s mission is to enrich Eden Prairie through philanthropy, leadership, and collaboration. For more information about EPCF and its work, contact Executive Director Mark Weber at (952) 949-8499 or mweber@epcommunityfoundation.org.

 

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!

 

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The Eden Prairie Foundation Celebrates 34 Years of Giving in 2015.