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In response to the COVID19’s impact on regional nonprofits, the Greater Mankato Area United Way and Mankato Area Foundation have come together to create a Community Response Fund to assist them in their joint efforts to address emerging needs in our region.


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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 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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