The phrase “We do better together” really fits the Eden Prairie Community Foundation well. It describes the power of many individuals pooling resources, each doing what they can, to accomplish great things.
We’re a people-powered Foundation, and one of the ways you can help is to support our annual mid-year Century Giving appeal, which asks folks to give whatever they can afford – say, $100, or more – to support the ongoing task of filling unmet community needs.
When you support the Foundation with a financial gift, you are filling service gaps, helping people, and making a better community. How? Here are a few examples of recent projects the Foundation has supported with donations from generous people like you:
- Curricula and materials used to counsel at-risk teenagers.
- Technology needs at a local women’s shelter.
- A new program to deliver food to home-bound senior citizens.
- Lower fees at an Eden Prairie camp serving the intellectually disabled.
- New sound equipment at the Staring Lake Amphitheatre.
- A program where police officers are paired with children of families-in-need and shop for holiday gifts.
- Lower fees so more children can attend a summer robotics camp.
- After-school activity scholarships for children whose families can’t afford such programs.
- The Police Department’s curriculum teaching Eden Prairie fifth-graders better decision making.
- Annual scholarship named for a ground-breaking Eden Prairie mayor.
Overall, the Foundation over the years has awarded more than 500 grants to 84 different organizations serving Eden Prairie.
On top of that, we’ve been the fiscal sponsor for groups that have a project but no nonprofit status. That means offering tax-deductibility and administrative help to projects such as the Eden Prairie Miracle Field, the Veterans Memorial, and naming rights for the Sydney Galleger Memorial Pool.
But the requests continue. Recent work on a “needs assessment” shows there are still gaps in local services. Like a warning beacon in the night, the latest assessment is reminding us to be on guard and keep working to keep Eden Prairie great. We invite you to read the guest commentary we wrote for the May 25, 2017 Eden Prairie News to call attention to this assessment.
This week we launch our 2017 Century Giving campaign. We invite you to contribute, especially if you haven’t recently given to the Foundation in other ways, such as attending our spring EP Gives event.
With everyone pulling together – the Foundation and all of you – Eden Prairie will continue to be a great place to live, work, and play.