Vikings, Wilfs pledge $100,000 to endowment

The Minnesota Vikings and the Eden Prairie Community Foundation have grown older together.

It was 1981 when the Vikings arrived in Eden Prairie to set up their new headquarters and training facility. That same year, Eden Prairie leaders formed the Foundation. The Foundation, of course, still calls Eden Prairie home, while the Vikings moved to new and larger facilities in Eagan earlier this year.

That connection is one of the reasons the Vikings and their owners, the Wilf family, recently pledged $100,000 to the Foundation’s Endowment Fund.

Vikings officials and the Wilf family said the pledge helps them continue to support Eden Prairie, their home for nearly 37 years.

“Philanthropy is important to the Vikings and the Wilf family, so to leave a legacy in Eden Prairie that will benefit people and organizations in need is one way we can continue to make a difference in this outstanding community,” said Zygi Wilf, team owner and chairman.

“We encourage other organizations, companies, and individuals to join us in supporting the Foundation’s Endowment Fund so that Eden Prairie continues to be a great city in which to live, work, and play.”

The pledge gets the Foundation closer to its Endowment Fund “touchdown,” so to speak.

Here is why that’s important: An endowment is a perpetual fund in that the principal stays intact and only earnings are spent, so this fund ensures the Foundation’s sustainability over generations to come. What the Vikings and Wilfs have done, along with other generous Endowment Fund supporters, is to ensure that there will always be an organization to fill critical needs and gaps in Eden Prairie.

We really appreciate this gift by the Vikings and the Wilf family. It keeps alive their significant impact on Eden Prairie and its history.

(Pictured above at an Aug. 18 ceremony marking the endowment pledge by the Minnesota Vikings and Wilf family were [left to right]: Vikings Vice President and CFO Steve Poppen, Foundation Executive Director Mark Weber, Foundation Board Vice Chair Ron Case, Vikings Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Lester Bagley, Owner/President Mark Wilf, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, Foundation Board Chair PG Narayanan, and Owner/Vice Chairman Leonard Wilf.)

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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