Shared Spaces Celebrates Five Years

Mankato, MN (September 2, 2020) – When the Mankato Area Foundation (MAF) purchased a building in the heart of Mankato, the vision was a nonprofit center – created to increase the capacity, collaboration, and effectiveness of the region’s nonprofit sector to support a healthy, vibrant Mankato-area community. Opened in late

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Mayo Clinic Health System Makes $100,000 Contribution to Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund’s Box Love Program

Mankato, MN (August 19, 2020) – The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund (JZCF), a donor advised fund of the Mankato Area Foundation, is pleased to announce Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) has made a $100,000 contribution to the JZCF’s Box Love Campaign—making it the largest gift received by the campaign. The

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Maureen Gustafson Named Donor Relations and Programs Director of Mankato Area Foundation

Mankato, MN (August 11, 2020) - The Mankato Area Foundation (MAF) is pleased to announce that Maureen Gustafson has been named the organization's Donor Relations and Programs Director.  This position will encompass the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund, which is committed to cancer awareness and support and philanthropic duties for the

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Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund Partnering With Fairmont

MAYO CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM, Fairmont, Minn. (October 28, 2019) – The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund is expanding its reach to the Fairmont area, partnering with Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont to serve the area’s cancer patients well into the future. The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund, a donor-advised fund of the

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Former GMG Leader Jonathan Zierdt Passes At Age 52

Mankato, MN — Mankato, MN (March 27, 2019) – The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund (JZCF) is deeply saddened to announce our founder, and former CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Jonathan Zierdt has passed away earlier today after a courageous, five-year battle with prostate cancer. All those involved with the JZCF

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Mankato Area Foundation Announces $20,000 Grant to VINE’s Emergency Fundraising Campaign

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 campaign in response to the recent loss of a critical funding source for the coming year. The Foundation is pleased to champion VINE’s efforts by

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Anonymous donor pledges $100,000 matching gift towards Elks Club Charitable Fund

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 contributed to the newly established Elks Charitable Fund, a permanent endowment through the Mankato Area Foundation (MAF). For over 125 years, the Elks of Mankato

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Recharge Mankato: Expanding Innovation, Opportunity & Vitality in Greater Mankato

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, October 6, the Olseth Family Foundation, Mankato Area Foundation, and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato hosted a campaign

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Mankato Area Foundation Announces Changes to Community Granting Program

MANKATO, MN (August 14, 2018) – The Mankato Area Foundation (MAF) is excited to announce updates to their community granting process.  As part of a recent strategic plan, MAF has broadened their granting framework to ensure the greatest efficiencies and effectiveness for the nonprofit sector. This new approach is designed

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Local Organizations Awarded Grants from the Mankato Area Foundation

MANKATO, MN (June 2018) – The Mankato Area Foundation (MAF) is pleased to announce $31,900 in grants from their Community Fund have been awarded to area nonprofits through their spring granting cycle. As part of the framework for their community granting, MAF funds projects and programs that foster livability in

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