Meet Our Donors

In every generation there are special people who look to their past with gratitude, who recognize their commitment to the future, and who exercise their power to make a difference. At the Mankato Area Foundation, we have the privilege and pleasure of helping individuals, families and organizations exemplify generosity and achieve their philanthropic wishes. We are proud to be able to share some of their stories.  

The Page Jones Richards Fund maintains its focus on family priorities, even as part of the Mankato Area Foundation. Sarah Richards has one word for why her family decided to convert their foundation to a donor-advised fund run by the Mankato Area Foundation: trust.

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Amid all the changes that John Finke was thinking about when Enventis was purchased by Consolidated Communications in 2014 was the question of what to do with the company’s foundation.

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Jim and Kathryn Vonderharr laugh that during their 22 years of marriage, they’ve updated their will dozens of time. But the couple is fairly sure that they won’t need to change it again, now that they’ve set up a donor-advised fund with the Mankato Area Foundation.

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When Michelle Schooff’s dad died in 2013, she knew exactly how she wanted to memorialize him: with a scholarship given in his name each year. And Michelle and her husband David knew exactly how they would create that scholarship, as well another in honor of David’s father: through funds set up with the Mankato Area Foundation.

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Recent Donors

2014 - 2016

1st Choice Security
4 Point O School Services, Inc.
A.H. Hermel Co.
Julie and Jay Abdo
Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP
Margery Anderson
Judy and Daryl Arzdorf
Associated Finishing
Beverly Bakken
JO Guck and Chuck Bailey
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
Linda and Randy Berkland
Jessica Beyer & Kurt Klinder
Beth Blair
Blethen Gage & Krause, PLLP
Cathy and Mike Brennan
Brennan Companies
Blue Valley Sod, Inc.
Catherine and Lonnie Bristol
Marilyn Buscher
David Butler
Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation
CBC Fisher Group
Jo and Michael Cavel
Marcia Chalgren
Anne and George Chronic
Jane and Ogden Confer
Consolidated Communications, Inc.
Sandy and Jerry Crest
David Layman, ESQ
Kim and Mark Dehen
Mike Domeier
Virginia and William Edwards
Lenore Else and Doug Johnson
Estate Of Max Heintz
Brian Evans
Jill Evans & David Christensen
Jean and Randy Farrow
Curt and Debbie Fisher
Floor to Ceiling
Betsy Fowler
Thomas Frederick
Anna and Tony Frentz
Brand Frentz
Dorothy and Kelton Gage
Mary and Richard Gaskins
The Gillette Group, Inc.
Glen A. Taylor Foundation
Arvis and William Groebner
Brenda A. Guldan
Shannon and Jim Gullickson
Harmening Oil and Trucking, Inc.
Jayne and Henry Heintz
Carolyn and Gary Hopfenspirger
Tim Huebsch
Lynda Jacobsen
Kay and Lyle Jacobson
Steve Jansen
Terry and Richard Kakeldey
Kakeldey & Associates, PA
Kalina, Wills, Gisvold & Clark, P.L.L.P.
Carolyn and John Kanyusik
Julie and Mike Karp
Kato Moving & Storage
Kaye Corporation
Jane and Michael Kearney
Wendy and John Kind
Peng Z. and Gregory J. Klinger
Valerie and Brian Koch
Marcia and Kerry Koepp
L & N Andreas Foundation
Roxan and Jeffery Lang
Lawrence Cumpston & Associates, PLLP
Jacquelyn and Daniel Lemke
Ann and Roger Lenhardt
Diane and Thomas Lentz
Barbara Leuthe
Stacy Lienemann
Elaine Lilly & Joan Roca
Lime Valley Advertising, Inc.
Harry Lloyd
Judi and Marlin Lloyd
Wanda and Mike Lloyd
Lloyd Management Inc.
Kate and Jon Loging
LPL Financial Charitable Foundation
Diane and Fred Lutz
Joy and Arlen Maloney

Mankato Clinic Foundation, Inc.
Mankato Clinic, LTD
Mankato Computer Repair
Mardag Foundation
The Mark and Mary Davis Foundation
Rosemarie and John Marso
Max & Darlene Gutmann Family Foundation
Mayo Clinic
Mayo Foundation For Medical Education and Research
Karen and Byron McGregor
Jill and Ryan McKeown
Rod and Kendall Meyer
Meyer & Norland Financial Group
Stacy Miller
MN Business Center of the Principal Financial Group
MN Valley Federal Credit Union
Daniel Mundahl
Dawn and Dave Naples
Norland Financial LLC
Lester Olson
Susan and Robert Olson
The Olseth Family Foundation
Otto Bremer Trust
Maryann Ouverson
Chuck Peterson
Shirley and Mark Piepho
Pier Pleasure
Pub 500 Inc.
Bette and John Puhlmann
RBC Wealth Management
Rent MSU
Marcia Richards
Ridley, Inc.
Riverfront Technology
Robert W. Carlstrom Co.
Donna and Mike Rstom
Jeannie and Kenneth Saffert
Sylvia and Richard Salvati
Darryl Sannes
Colleen and Jim Santori
Michelle and David Schooff
Lynn Schreiner and Matt Downs
Judith and Richard Schugel
Scheels All Sports
Schwickert's Tecta America Of Mankato LLC
Tom Sernett
Kathy Sheran and Dean Doyscher
SHIELD Security Systems of Mankato
Sign Pro
Margie and Philip Slingsby
Snell Motors Inc.
Southern Minnesota Hockey Officials Association
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Deb and Bryan Sowers
Jennifer and Ryan Spaude
P and L Stadick
Stinson Leonard Street, LLP
Jorae and Jason Storm
Nadine and George Sugden
Bonnie Sullivan
Linda and Dave Sunderman
The Tailwind Group
Becky and Glen Taylor
Gretchen and Brett Taylor
Rhonda and Mark Taylor
Cindy and Jeff Thom
Melinda and Andrew Thom
The Thom Family Foundation, Inc.
Becky and Al Tolzman
Kathy and Dean Trauger
Katherine Van Tol
Truck Writers, Inc.
US Bancorp Foundation Matching Gift Program
US Bank
Valley News Company Charity Fund
Melanie and Steve VanRoekel
Kathryn and James Vonderharr
Maureen and Ed Waltman
Web Construction Inc.
Eric Webster
Polly and Dr. Bill Webster
Melinda and Waclaw Wedzina
Wells Fargo Foundation
Nina and Warren West
Wilson Trailer Sales of Minnesota, Inc.
David and Mandy Wittenberg
Bambi and Dean Wuebker
Joel Yakovac