Our Century campaign: More can be done, and the sky’s the limit

Part of what makes Eden Prairie special is the amazingly caring attitude and generosity of its residents and businesses.

When a new nonprofit – Onward Eden Prairie – was being launched last year to provide stable housing to young adults who are homeless or precariously housed, the community stepped up to help. A special appeal at the Foundation’s 2018 EP Gives event raised about $26,000 to get Onward Eden Prairie on its way.

This year the Foundation put the spotlight on Eden Prairie TreeHouse, the new Eden Prairie arm of an organization known for working with teenagers who feel hopeless. Attendees at our EP Gives event on April 27, 2019 raised more than $31,000 to get another local program off to a good start. A lot of TreeHouse teens will be helped as a result.

But Eden Prairie’s needs don’t disappear. Most of them – including poverty, homelessness, transportation difficulties, expensive child care, and the lack of affordable housing – simply persist, even as agencies and organizations work tirelessly on remedies.

More can be done to help, which is why we’re using the theme “The sky’s the limit” (#TheSkysTheLimit) for the mid-year Century Giving fundraising appeal in June, July, and August. You can download our Century Giving newsletter here:

2019 Century Giving Newsletter (PDF)

The sky is the limit because Eden Prairie can become an even better city in which to live and work. But only if people who’ve benefitted from its great attributes pay it forward. More help is needed because:

  • Eden Prairie is changing, becoming older and more diverse. These changes bring a new set of needs in all kinds of areas, including social services, recreation, and housing.
  • The needs are often hidden. This isn’t a major metropolis, where the homeless are visible on street corners. Many of our teens who are precariously housed are couch-hopping. Many of those who need social-services help live in our own neighborhoods and are quietly and invisibly suffering through a financial crisis, divorce, addiction, or other calamity.
  • The Foundation isn’t able to keep up with all of the needs. Each year, several grant requests go unfilled because the Foundation doesn’t have the means to fund them.

It’s the Foundation’s job to identify community needs and rally the resources to meet them head-on. Last year, with the help of fund holders and supporters like you, the Foundation awarded 52 grants totaling more than $330,00. But more can be done.

You can support the Foundation’s work and help your neighbors in need by making a donation during this annual Century Giving appeal. It was named “Century” because the thought was this: If every Eden Prairie household gave $100, we’d be well on our way to filling these needs.

You can become a Century Giver (donating between $100 and $999), a Patron Giver ($1,000 to $4,999), or Benefactor Giver ($5,000 and above) by donating on this website or sending a check to: Eden Prairie Community Foundation, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Stock donations are also welcome; for more information, contact the executive director at [email protected] or call (952) 949-8499.

When you donate, you’re helping your neighbors in need. Thank you!

Categories: Feature, Foundation News

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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