Since 1974, the Mankato Area Foundation has been dedicated to building a community of individuals that believe in the strength of giving. We continue today to shape Greater Mankato through connecting acts of giving with our community’s needs. As a permanent, trusted resource, donors look to the Mankato Area Foundation to help them make their charitable giving more effective. The Mankato Area Foundation is impacting the individuals in our community now and for generations to come by providing the expertise donors need to help donors nurture their philanthropic dreams and shape their legacy.
On June 4, the Mankato Area Foundation made an historical gift to the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota through the Dotson Family Fund. The $500,000 gift is the largest to date in the foundations near 40-year existence and ensures that the exhibit space designated as the “Back 40” will be a part of the long-term vision of the museum. The “Back 40” will represent space for unstructured play with the look and feel of an overgrown field filled with tree stumps, knolls to climb and openness to spark imaginations.View Gift Presentation Video. Read Press Release.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have individuals who care so deeply about the Mankato Area,” stated Bryan Sowers, Mankato Area Foundation Board President. “The Dotson Family has a long history of philanthropy in this community and we are thrilled that Denny and Carol have chosen the Mankato Foundation to help facilitate their generosity.”
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Mankato - Mankato Area Foundation presented a check for $500,000 today to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. This is the largest single gift donated from the Foundation to a local nonprofit organization. The contribution was granted through the Dotson Family Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation that is managed by the Foundation as a donor advised fund. Read Full Story