SHAPING OUR COMMUNITY. FOR GOOD.
Mankato Area Foundation
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.
The Mankato Area Foundation provides a medium for people to make a difference by offering annual, lifetime and planned giving opportunities. After 40 years, the Mankato Area Foundation continues to help individuals and organizations achieve their charitable goals by offering a variety of giving strategies and funds.Making an Impact
Philanthropy needn’t be complicated nor does it require great wealth. Your clients can give in a way that’s convenient, financially comfortable and personally rewarding. When your clients have the desire to make a lasting impact through charitable giving, we’re here to make it easier.Helping Your Clients
Semi-annually, the Foundation makes grants from its Community Fund in response to applications received from the community. Grants are awarded in our four core areas to help build a vibrant, strong and interconnected community. These areas include Educations & Community Development, Arts & Culture, Recreation and Aesthetics.Learn More
MAF IN Our COMMUNITY
The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund (JZCF), a donor advised fund of the Mankato Area Foundation, was established in 2017 to provide community cancer awareness and support and to help change the cancer journey. In January 2018, the JZCF launched their signature program—the JZ Caring Box and supplied nearly 1,000 care packages to area cancer patients in 2018. The JZ Caring Box is specially designed for cancer patients and contains items to provide support and comfort as well as access to information and resources for patients, their families and caregivers.
In anticipation of the need for nearly 1,200 Caring Boxes each year, the JZCF invites you to join the Box Love Campaign. By making a five-year pledge you can touch peoples’ lives and help sustain the distribution of these important care packages and the ongoing operations of our JZCF. For more about the Box Love Campaign, please view our video.
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News & Press
- 05 NovRead more
MANKATO, MN(November 5, 2018)—The Senior Endowment Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation (MAF) announces a grant of $20,000 toward VINE Faith in Action’s emergency fundraising
- 16 OctRead more
MANKATO FREE PRESS (October 16, 2018)—An anonymous donation will help the Mankato Elks Lodge expand its charitable giving. The fraternal organization recently established the Elks
- 16 OctRead more
MANKATO, MN (October 16, 2018) – The Mankato Elks Lodge announce a $100,000 philanthropic challenge. An anonymous donor has offered to match $100,000 to be
- 09 OctRead more
MANKATO, MN (October 9, 2018) – Over 50 community members came together on a blustery morning to witness the culmination of Recharge Mankato. This past Saturday,
- 14 AugRead more
MANKATO, MN (August 14, 2018) – The Mankato Area Foundation (MAF) is excited to announce updates to their community granting process. As part of a