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.
DONOR ADVISED FUNDS
Generosity. For Good.
A Donor Advised Fund is an effective tool for charitable giving that provides benefits similar to a private or family foundation without the hassles. Donor Advised Funds minimize the worries and administrative burdens of grantmaking, so you can put your time and energy into what really matters: making a meaningful impact on the community, organizations and causes you value.
MANKATO AREA FOUNDATION
Philanthropy Review 2022
The 2022 edition of our Philanthropy Review takes us back to the beginning of MAF with a story about one of MAF's earliest projects and an interview with Gretchen Taylor—a founding member of this organization. You’ll also hear from Denny Dotson, a longtime supporter of the Foundation, regarding his philosophy and commitment to local charitable giving. You’re going to read heartwarming stories about local projects and how they are changing lives—and if you get all the way to the back, you’ll get a glimpse of our staff who are responsible for everything we accomplish every day.
Telling Our Story
A Gift of Grain
Growing up in Wayzata, Minnesota, Kristin Duncanson always knew that giving back would be an important part of her future. What she did not anticipate is that sometimes her philanthropy would look less like cash and more like cash crops.
For the past three years, Kristin Duncanson and her husband, Pat Duncanson, have regularly donated grain to Mankato Area Foundation as part of their donor advised fund. The two are business partners and owners of Highland Family Farms in Mapleton, and they are firm believers in giving back to the communities and causes they care about. Learn More
News & Press
- 13 Mar
Charitable businesses: Nonprofits rely on partnershipsRead more
Mankato Free Press (March 13, 2023) — The concept of “corporate culture” has grown in importance as companies face challenges attracting new employees. Increasingly, how
- 26 Feb
Exhibit to highlight Zierdt’s photographic journeysRead more
Mankato Free Press (February 26, 2023) — Jonathan Zierdt was best-known to the Mankato community for helping found and then direct Greater Mankato Growth, an
- 18 Jan
Mankato Area Foundation given Emy Frentz Art Guild buildingRead more
Mankato Free Press (January 18, 2023) — Members of Mankato’s vibrant arts community, at times, have had a tough time finding affordable venues for creating,
- 14 Dec
Help Teachers, Help Students fund to provide stipend to each MAPS elementary teacherRead more
KEYC (December 14, 2022) — The Mankato Area Foundation says the Help Teachers, Help Students Fund reached its goal of raising over $40,000 to support
- 03 Dec
Mankato Area Foundation grants record $2.4M for the yearRead more
Mankato Free Press (December 3, 2022) — The Mankato Area Foundation continues to grow its philanthropic presence, disbursing $2.4 million to local groups this year.