Two new community-impact funds have been launched at the Eden Prairie Community Foundation:
- Southwest Pride, Powered by Eden Prairie, which supports this area’s LBGTQ community; and
- Marilyn’s TWOcan, which takes older adults confined to wheelchairs on outdoor bike rides using specially designed tricycles.
Both are start-up organizations that are using the Foundation’s 501(c)(3) status and administrative services while they focus on their mission and fundraising.
This type of arrangement is called “fiscal sponsorship” and is a common offering among community foundations across the country. The process helps launch fledgling charitable organizations that make the community better, without these organizations needing to go through a lengthy and expensive process to get tax-exempt, nonprofit status.
“This little-known sponsorship role has helped create an Eden Prairie Veterans Memorial, a Miracle Field, and organizations like Eden Prairie Reads and Interfaith Circle,” said Foundation Executive Director Mark Weber. “These charitable start-ups get help from the Foundation so they can hit the ground running and start to make an impact on the community.”
For more information about these groups, contact Weber at [email protected] or (952) 949-8499.
To donate to Southwest Pride or Marilyn’s TWOcan, write a check to the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, with one of these organizations’ name in the memo line, and mail the check to the Foundation at 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Or, donate on this website and in the Comment Box type the name of the organization to which you are donating.