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To visit with staff or a board member or add your name to our mailing list, please call (952) 250-5138, or e-mail: carvercounty
foundation@gmail.com
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What is a Community Foundation?
A community foundation is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people in a local area. It enables people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about — immediately or through their will or estate plan.

Donors can give to an existing fund or establish a charitable fund by contributing a variety of assets to the Foundation.

A community foundation looks to the well-being of the total community, not just one part of it.

How is a Community Foundation different from other public charities?
Most public charities provide direct and specific services to the community, such as feeding the hungry, providing shelter, or developing health care education. They are what people tend to think of when they use the term "nonprofits." When donors make gifts to these organizations, they are usually making a gift to help the organization perform a specific service.

A community foundation, while also a public charity, is primarily a grantmaker and not a direct service provider. Rather than focus on servicing a particular community need, a community foundation serves donors and the broad needs of a community.

Our Vision:
To make Carver County a great place to live, learn, work and play.

Our Mission:
To serve as a catalyst for community investments that contribute to the health and vitality of those living and working in Carver County.

Our Goal:

To obtain permanent funds that will support organizations in Carver County and the surrounding area as they meet current and future human needs.

Our Objectives:


1. Convene and foster dialogue among stakeholders to identify emerging needs and create a sense of shared responsibility for community.

2.  Attract the charitable contributions of individuals, families and businesses, providing an opportunity for donors to give back locally.

3.  Provide financial and other resources to strengthen organizations and initiatives that contribute to the health and vitality of those living and working in Carver County.

Our History:

Founded in 2004, The Community Foundation for Carver County is a public charity created by and for the people who live and work in Carver County.  The Foundation complements existing nonprofits by connecting emerging community needs and interests with resources.  It enables people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about.  All assets gifted to the Foundation have the opportunity to remain in the region.

Beyond the gifting of assets, the Foundation helps donors identify issues of importance to them and inspires engagement with organizations addressing those issues.

The Foundation builds on the work and progress of others, empowering individuals, families and businesses to have a direct and lasting impact on Carver County for generations to come.

 

Bob Roepke, Chair
Chaska

Jim Weygand, Vice Chair

Carver

John Roebke, Treasurer Waconia


Members At Large:

Gregg Davies

Chaska

Dave Elling

Norwood Young America

Rick Ford

Chaska

Laura Helmer

Chanhassen

Racheal Holland

Norwood Young America

 

Jonathan Larson

Victoria

Shannon Mindt

Chaska

Roger Storms

Cologne

Barb Swanson

Carver

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Ph: (952) 250-5138 | E-mail: carvercountyfoundation@gmail.com | P.O. Box 468, Chanhassen, MN 55317 | For Staff