This is how your donation strengthens EP’s nonprofit community

Cornerstone, a nonprofit serving Eden Prairie that received a 2018 Foundation grant to purchase and implement a software system to manage its volunteers, recently sent us a note of thanks.

“We appreciate your recognition of the importance of effectively coordinating volunteers – and how that impacts our efforts to best meet the needs of victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in our community,” it read in part.

The Foundation was happy to support this need with donors’ help, after weighing Cornerstone’s grant application against many others. Theirs was a compelling argument: We can serve Eden Prairie better, and more efficiently, by replacing an outdated, time-consuming system that falls short in managing the nearly 1,500 volunteers used by Cornerstone each year.

Cornerstone volunteers host, prepare, and serve a meal for families in the organization’s shelter or attending a Tuesday evening support group. Cornerstone volunteers host field trips and events for children and families. Each day there are volunteers at Cornerstone working in the shelter, helping with the after-school program, providing child care, or assisting Cornerstone’s evaluation process by calling participants to invite their feedback.

You can see that helping Cornerstone in this way is Foundation money well spent, especially considering that volunteerism in today’s world is the, ahem, “cornerstone” of good service delivery by nonprofits.

The generosity of Eden Prairie donors helped make this $2,400 grant – and many others like it – possible. Thank you, Foundation supporters!

We are currently in the midst of our mid-year Century Giving appeal, which has a history of more than 20 years and helps support the Foundation’s programs and operations. The thought behind this campaign was that a donation of at least $100 from each of many Eden Prairie households would go a long way toward meeting community needs – needs that might not be filled in other ways.

The Century campaign has done that, but the needs are many. This year, a large number of applications for grant dollars went unfunded, including projects that would have helped opioid addicts, assisted disabled young people wishing to attend summer camp, and aided children in need of safety education. The Foundation simply didn’t have the money to fund these efforts.

Can you help us meet additional community needs? Please consider making a donation to the Foundation, using this website’s online donation page. Any amount, large or small, is appreciated and will help the Foundation strengthen organizations that, like Cornerstone, are doing important work in Eden Prairie.

Mark Weber About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.

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