Upon further review, the list of organizations and constituencies touched by the Eden Prairie Community Foundation is even greater than once estimated.
We recently double-checked the historic list of grants that have been awarded by the Foundation since 1981 to nonprofits and others that serve people who live and work in Eden Prairie. And, we came up with 84 different organizations.
If you count the projects for which the Foundation has been fiscal sponsor – offering tax-deductibility and providing a few administrative services for groups that tackle a project near and dear to them – the list is even longer.
For us it was a renewed appreciation for all that’s been done by the Foundation over the years.
We have helped create the Veterans Memorial, the Jean Harris Gathering Bridge, Eden Prairie Miracle Field, and the fountain at Purgatory Creek Park. We’ve also helped a group secure naming rights for the Sydney Galleger Memorial Pool. (A few of these projects are pictured above.)
The Foundation has been a major funder for organizations including PROP, Cornerstone, Let’s Go Fishing, and Camp Eden Wood.
Equipment, scholarships, furnishings, technology, books, musical instruments, band uniforms, restrooms, a gazebo, and even fish are among the things we’ve funded. Yes, we’ve awarded a grant for fish – well, more accurately a grant for the restocking of fish in Red Rock Lake.
On top of that, we have provided seed money, so that wildlife artist Les Kouba could paint the Cummins-Grill House, and print sales could fund the restoration of this historic Eden Prairie home.
In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a corner of this community or an Eden Prairie population segment that has not been touched in some way by a Foundation grant or program.
And in a way – yes, even after 35 years – we are just getting started as we attract new funds, both donor-advised and designated, and we look for new ways to become more impactful and relevant in our granting.
It’s an exciting time at the Foundation, and we are honored that our supporters are helping in so many ways.