New residents learn English on Foundation-funded computers.

A new van to help PROP transport food for the hungry … computers that are used to teach English to new immigrants … reduced fees for disabled persons using Camp Eden Wood … a handicap-accessible pontoon dock for the up-and-coming nonprofit called Let’s Go Fishing – all of these good works are possible because of generous donations to the Eden Prairie Community Foundation.

These and other Eden Prairie projects were funded in 2014 with grants from the Community Foundation. Now, as we approach a new granting cycle, the Foundation is looking for your support in the form of a year-end charitable contribution.

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s year-end appeal is underway. Won’t you help with a check or cash, or perhaps a gift of appreciated stock?

We are on the grow – building our list of supporters, adding events and programs, and promoting philanthropy among young and old alike. But the Eden Prairie Community Foundation needs your financial support in order to touch more lives and make Eden Prairie better.

Please help with a tax-deductible, year-end gift. You can contribute on this website using a credit card. Or, send a check to: Eden Prairie Community Foundation, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

Thank you for your support!


Taking applications for the Dr. Jean Harris Award

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 2015 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 Sienna Ramos.

Applications submitted electronically are being accepted by the Foundation until 4 p.m. on Feb. 20. The scholarship award will be announced at the organization’s “EP Gives” event on April 25.

Details are on the application, which is available at the Career Resource Center at Eden Prairie High School and on this website.

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


Community responds on Give to the Max Day

The Eden Prairie community responded in a big way to the EP Community Foundation’s Leadership Challenge Match on Give to the Max Day, making nearly $6,000 in unrestricted contributions to the organization.

That means the community’s unrestricted donations will be matched by EPCF Board members’ pledges, which totaled $3,500. As a result, the Give to the Max Day promotion culminating on Thursday, Nov. 13, provided nearly $10,000 in unrestricted giving to the EP Community Foundation – giving that will support the organization’s operation and programs.

Even though designated funds held at EPCF by various organizations were not part of the board’s Leadership Challenge Match, those funds were listed as projects on the Foundation’s page at, which served as the online hub for Give to the Max Day. The various designated funds attracted more than $1,500 in online contributions from the public – more than one-third of which went to the Friends of Eden Prairie Players.

Thank you, Eden Prairie, for making this event a success and also for supporting the organizations that have designated funds at EPCF. Your contributions are appreciated!


Save the date: EP Gives will be held April 25

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation will hold its annual EP Gives event from 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Green Acres Event Center, 14150 Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie.

Community Foundation will be celebrating 34 years of local giving that has benefitted organizations you care about. More than $1.5 million has been granted to 60-plus organizations since the Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s start in 1981.

The Community Foundation uses the “enchanting event center in a historic barn” to honor its newest grantees.

Tickets, which cost $100 each ($65 is tax-deductible), will go on sale Feb. 1. There will be room for just 225 lucky people.

Individuals and businesses are also invited to be a sponsor and reach a great audience. Sponsorships begin at $250, and many sponsorship levels include free tickets to the event.

For details contact Executive Director Mark Weber at

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation is dedicated to “enriching our community through philanthropy, collaboration and leadership.”


Thanks for attending Prairie Brewfest

More than 300 persons attended the inaugural Prairie Brewfest, a craft-beer-sampling event held Sept. 13, 2014 at SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie.

Thank-you to all who attended and especially our sponsors: Anchor Bank, Hellmuth & Johnson Law Firm, and Tavern 4 & 5. Thanks also to our partners, SouthWest Transit and Eden Prairie Liquor.

It was a sunny but windy day atop the SouthWest Station parking deck, where attendees could sample more than 50 types of beverages from 16 brewers. There was also free food — bratwurst and pretzels — and live entertainment from Dave Lindahl and Wondercure. The People’s Choice Award, based on voting by attendees, went to Leinenkugel’s Orange Shandy.

If you would like to be involved in the 2015 Prairie Brewfest event, please contact EPCF Executive Director Mark Weber at (952) 949-8499 or


We’re wrapping up our annual “Century’ campaign

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation is conducting its annual Century Giving campaign during June and July. Contributions help sustain the Foundation’s programs, including its yearly grant-making, which supports Eden Prairie’s high quality of life.

Did you miss the newsletter portion of our mailing? You can read that newsletter here: Century Giving newsletter

Started in 1997 as the Century Club, the annual campaign asks individuals, families and businesses to make a tax-deductible contribution of $100 or more to the Community Foundation. With the slight name change, donors giving $100 to $999 now become “Century Givers,” which aligns with the organization’s “EP Gives” event, “EP Gives Week” and “EP Givers Award.” Donors giving more than that are designated as “Patron Givers” or “Benefactor Givers.”

“We’ve added some new giving levels because a current theme at our organization is that we’re taking the Eden Prairie Community Foundation to ‘a new level,’” said Executive Director Mark Weber. “So, as we redouble our efforts to take this organization to a higher level, we hope people will consider taking their giving to a higher level as well.”

Over the past 33 years this 501(c)(3) organization has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to about 60 different organizations. This includes nearly $30,000 awarded to 10 organizations at the Community Foundation’s annual grant and donor celebration on May 3: the “EP Gives” event, held at the Green Acres Event Center.

“The annual Century campaign has a larger goal this year, so that we can broaden our work to encourage philanthropy and other ways of giving back to the community,” said Weber. “But it’s important to note that every gift – regardless of size – makes a difference at the Foundation.”

Century Giving donations can be made online here, or checks can be sent to: EP Community Foundation, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. You can also call (952) 949-8499 or email Weber at for more information. Here are the various giving levels:

  • Supporting Givers — $1-$99
  • Century Givers — $100-$249
    • Century Silver — $250-$499
    • Century Gold — $500-$999
  • Patron Givers — $1,000-$2,499
    • Patron Silver — $2,500-$3,499
    • Patron Gold — $3,500-$4,999
  • Benefactor Givers — $5,000-$9,999
    • Benefactor Silver — $10,000-$24,999
    • Benefactor Gold — $25,000 and above

The Eden Prairie Community Foundation’s mission is to enrich the community through philanthropy, collaboration and leadership.


Eden Prairie gathers for annual ‘EP Gives’ event

A big “Thank you!” to approximately 200 people who attended the “EP Gives” event on May 3 at the Green Acres Event Center, and thanks also to the dozens of sponsors.

Click here to see the complete list of our generous donors.

To view and purchase photos of the event taken by Kristen Nelson of Kristen Nelson Photography, click here.

This event raised approximately $45,000 for the continued work of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, including about $4,500 for future Dr. Jean L. Harris Scholarship Awards.

That fund had already been provided $7,500 in seed money from a very generous, anonymous donor, meaning $12,000 will be set aside for future scholarship winners.

Much of the focus that evening was on the organizations that are getting 2014 grants from the Eden Prairie Community Foundation. Grant checks were awarded to 10 local organizations who are making an impact in the community. The 2014 recipients of EP Community Foundation grants, and their projects, are:

  • CHOICE, Inc. – computers and software to help clients with communication, social, and job skills.
  • Cornerstone – Laptop computer and other equipment for school-based Preventing Abuse and Violence through Education (PAVE) program.
  • Eden Prairie Community Education – Help with funding a speaker and marketing costs for the 2015 Partnership Breakfast.
  • Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund – Support for the CounterAct and Citizens Academy programs.
  • Eden Prairie Schools Early Childhood Education – Gym equipment for a newly expanded program for 3- to 5-year-olds.
  • Let’s Go Fishing with Seniors – Construction of a handicap-accessible pontoon dock on Riley Lake.
  • Metro South Adult Basic Education – Computers for adult English-as-a-Second-Language classes in Eden Prairie.
  • PROP – A new cargo van to be used for food delivery and pick-up.
  • Teens Alone – Refrigerator for a new drop-in center for homeless youth of the west metro area.
  • True Friends – Fee assistance to Eden Prairie residents using True Friends’ camp and enrichment programs.

This year’s annual gathering was part of a larger EP Gives Week celebration that featured a number of other activities, including a “Bridges Out of Poverty” training session attracting more than 180 people.

An EP Givers Award consisting of $2,000 in free, public-service advertising went to Let’s Go Fishing with Seniors. The award – voted on by the public – was sponsored by the Eden Prairie News, Dick Ward/Equity Property Group, and the EP Community Foundation.


The Eden Prairie Foundation Celebrates 31 Years of Giving in 2012.