The recipe to make a good community has a long list of ingredients: good schools and parks, a strong base of nonprofits and civic organizations, healthy tax base, good proximity to services and amenities, wise planning, and more.
But one ingredient that stands out to the Foundation is the willingness of residents and businesses to work together on a common purpose: make the community a great place to live, work, play, raise kids, and retire. A great place to be, for everyone – not just a select few.
It’s probably no surprise to you that Eden Prairie has all of these ingredients, and more. It’s what makes it one of the best places to live in the United States.
Oh, yeah. There’s one more ingredient to make a great community, and that’s a community foundation. It’s pretty much a secret, but now you know.
You see, there are only about 800 community foundations across the U.S. But those locations, like Eden Prairie, have a nonprofit organization uniquely qualified to identify the biggest needs and rally resources to meet those needs.
That’s what we do in Eden Prairie: use the knowledge and expertise of a staff and volunteer board that’s been here a long time; identify which needs are most critical; and address those the best ways we know how – through philanthropy, collaboration, and leadership.
The great thing about Eden Prairie is that you don’t need to know about every community need and how to address it. The Eden Prairie Community Foundation does that for you. Donate to the Foundation and you can be assured that your gift is getting to where it’s needed most.
In a nutshell, that’s our appeal for your support as we approach mid-2021. We really need your financial support to keep identifying and addressing the biggest needs: hardships, connections, and more.
A lot of these needs are outlined in our latest Strategic Plan. We invite you to take a look.
If this plan and the Foundation’s approach to identifying and meeting needs resonates with you, we invite you to make a donation to support this work. You can donate through this website or send a check to: Eden Prairie Community Foundation, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. Donations of appreciated stock are welcomed. So, too, are gifts that are part of wills or estates.
Eden Prairie residents and businesses are engaged. We thank them, and you, for your support in making Eden Prairie great.