What We Do

For the past thirty-seven years, The Mankato Area Foundation has been connecting philanthropic interests with community needs. We serve as a leader and resource to enrich the quality of life in Greater Mankato through our various grantmaking programs.

Bi-annually, the Foundation makes grants from its discretionary funds in response to applications based on our four core areas of giving.


Education & Community Development
Programs, projects or initiatives that educate area citizens of any age in ways that help shape the Mankato Area.


Arts & Culture
Projects that enrich or strengthen infrastructure and opportunities for arts and culture offerings in Mankato Area communities.


Recreational activities or visible and useful enhancements to area parks that will benefit people in the Mankato Area.


Landscaping, restoration, remodeling, or other improvements to a community site that will enhance the Mankato Area.

In addition, the Mankato Area Foundation distributes grants from designated funds established by donors who either wish to advise the Foundation on grants from their funds or who wish their funds to be distributed to a specific organization or purpose. In this way, donors can ensure that their personal fields of interest are supported.

The Mankato Area Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. All contributions are fully deductible to the extent allowed by federal law.


´╗┐Shaping Our Community. For Good.