City Manager Rick Getschow at last year's presentation.

City Manager Rick Getschow at last year’s presentation.

If you’d like an inside view of what’s new in Eden Prairie, attend the “State of the City/Schools/Foundation” from 7:45-9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Heritage Rooms of the Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road.

The program will offer insights from City Manager Rick Getschow, Superintendent of Schools Curt Tryggestad, and Foundation Executive Director Mark Weber.

It’s free of charge and open to the public. Coffee and rolls will be available. Please RSVP ahead of time by contacting Weber at (952) 949-8499 or

The annual program offers a recap of 2015 accomplishments and a preview of 2016 and beyond.

On the city side, you’ll learn about new things like the Healthy Food Trailer and soon-to-be-complete Eden Prairie Miracle Field.

The school presentation includes information about the new “Designing Pathways,” a roadmap for helping each student.

And, the report from the Foundation will include news about the latest “EP Gives 10,000” community-service campaign, including a major volunteer project planned at Eden Prairie High School.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of Eden Prairie!


EPCF taking applications for 2016 grants

The application period for 2016 grants from the Eden Prairie Community Foundation began Jan. 11, and application materials can be found on this website.

The Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants since its formation, with grants going to more than 60 non-profits and agencies serving Eden Prairie.

The primary purpose of a Community Foundation grant is to encourage the development and implementation of non-profit or tax-exempt programs (including city and school district programs) that make Eden Prairie a better place in which to live and work.

The organization’s grant priority areas are: arts and culture; education; recreation and environment, and social services. The Foundation has also made its Youth Initiative a high priority.

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation asks grant applicants to first submit a letter of inquiry to Executive Director Mark Weber at Letters of inquiry typically include some basic information, including a description of the project and which priority area the request aligns with.

All of the application steps can be found on this website. Click on “Grants” and then “Grant Information” or “Apply for a Grant.”

The deadline for applications is Feb. 19. Grants will be awarded at the 2016 EP Gives celebration, which will be April 30 at the Green Acres Event Center in Eden Prairie.

For more information about grants and the grant application process, call Grant Distribution Chair Katie Castro at (763) 245-2420 or Mark Weber at (952) 949-8499.


Make a 2016 contribution to the EP Foundation

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

This year more than $250,000 has been 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 year-end 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 year-end appeal, contact Executive Director Mark Weber at (952) 949-8499 or


Taking applications for the Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship

High school seniors from Eden Prairie who have promoted human rights and fostered diversity and an inclusive community spirit are invited to apply for the 2016 Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship Award.

Presented by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, the Harris Scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Jean Harris, Eden Prairie mayor from 1996-2001. She was Eden Prairie’s first female mayor and first African-American mayor, and one of her many accomplishments while in office was community adoption of the Eden Prairie Manifesto, a statement of Eden Prairie’s dedication to upholding freedom, dignity, and security regardless of one’s religious affiliation, race, ethnic heritage, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or economic status.

One high school graduating senior who resides in Eden Prairie and who plans to pursue post-secondary education will be selected to receive the $1,500 scholarship, which is to be used toward tuition or fees. Last year’s winner was Spencer Stoltz.

Applications submitted electronically are being accepted by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation until 4 p.m. on Feb. 19. The scholarship award will be announced at the organization’s “EP Gives” event on April 30.

The application is available for download on Scribd, and also can be found at the Career Resource Center at Eden Prairie High School.

Or, contact Mark Weber at the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, (952) 949-8499 or

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation has been changing lives and filling unmet needs in Eden Prairie for nearly 35 years, through its grant program and campaigns such as “EP Gives 10,000.”


You can still contribute to our GTMD campaign

You can still contributed to the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s “Give to the Max Day” campaign.


Generous donors helped us collect the Leadership Challenge Match provided by the EPCF Board of Directors, but you can make our impact on Eden Prairie even greater by contributing to the Community Foundation through GiveMN. org.

You can also make a contribution through the “One-Time Donation” page on this website.

Thank-you for help the Eden Prairie Community Foundation change lives and fill unmet needs in EP.


Prairie Brewfest attendance is up

Prairie Brewfest, the craft-beer event for a community that doesn’t have its own brewery, was held Sept. 12, and the attendance was up nearly 25 percent.

Approximately 370 paying guests enjoyed sampling craft beer from 14 brewers. They also snacked on hamburgers donated by Culver’s, listened to music from Dave Lindahl and Wondercure, and played bean-bag toss while enjoying temperatures in the high 60s.

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation uses the proceeds from Prairie Brewfest for its programs and operation. The latest success allows the Community Foundation to continue to fulfill unmet needs in Eden Prairie, something it has been doing since 1981.

Our brewers this year were Bauhaus Brew Labs, Big Wood Brewery, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Brau Brothers Brewing Co., Crispin Hard Cider Company, Indeed Brewing Co., Lake Monster Brewing Company, Left Hand Brewing Company, Leinenkugel’s, LTD Brewing Co., Lucid Brewing, Mankato Brewery, Surly Brewing Co., and Third Street Brewhouse.

A big thank-you goes out to our sponsors for 2015 Prairie Brewfest: Kraus-Anderson Realty Company, Tavern 4 & 5, Star Bank – Eden Prairie, J.A. Price Agency, Grootwassink Real Estate, Liberty Property Trust, Xcel Energy, and Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq. In-kind sponsors in addition to Culver’s were Eden Prairie Liquor and SouthWest Transit.

David Lindahl chaired the event.


You can still donate to our Century Giving campaign

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 mid-year 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!


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