Austin Area Foundation

Austin Area Foundation Creating opportunities to connect donor's wishes to the needs of the Austin Area. The Austin Area Foundation is a community foundation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors whose members live in Austin and the greater Mower County area.

The board is committed to ensuring that the spirit and intent of each gift is honored.

Mission: The Austin Area Foundation seeks to enhance the community through charitable giving.

Austin Area Foundation announces new executive director - Austin Daily Herald
06/10/2020
Austin Area Foundation announces new executive director - Austin Daily Herald

Austin Area Foundation announces new executive director - Austin Daily Herald

It has been announced that through a virtual vote, the Austin Area Foundation board approved the hiring of Steve Barrett to lead efforts at the community foundation. Barrett will be the second hired executive director, replacing Jeff Baldus, who was hired to help grow the foundation in 2014. “The ...

Cedar River Watershed District - Austin, MN
05/07/2020

Cedar River Watershed District - Austin, MN

#CRWDcares - Our staff and a few relatives today cleaned the Wolf Creek shoreline in Austin’s Todd Park while practicing social distancing.
Thanks to Austin Area Foundation for the grant a year ago to purchase 20 litter grabbers with a 4-foot reach for community cleanups!
Contact CRWD’s Tim Ruzek ([email protected]) if you or a group would like to borrow litter grabbers for a cleanup.

Austin Park & Recreation Department
Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts
Impact Austin MN
Discover Austin, Minnesota

03/04/2020

If you have pictures from the “For the Love of Austin” event, please post them to the Austin Area Foundation page!

Thank you to every who attended the “For the Love of Austin” event!  It was great!  If you didn’t we have two options: 1...
03/04/2020

Thank you to every who attended the “For the Love of Austin” event! It was great!
If you didn’t we have two options:
1. Look at the attached photos of all the fun you missed!
2. Mark your own and every else’s calendar for February 14th 2021, because we are doing it again!

Did I mention they auctioned off my "new sport coat" right off of my back!
02/18/2020

Did I mention they auctioned off my "new sport coat" right off of my back!

Hurry....Only 5 days left to purchase tickets!
02/07/2020

Hurry....Only 5 days left to purchase tickets!

Discover Austin, Minnesota
10/14/2019

Discover Austin, Minnesota

#mngpho2019

Science Fair Mentoring Project
11/27/2018

Science Fair Mentoring Project

THANK YOU to the Austin Area Foundation for supporting this program. They recently awarded us a grant to support Austin elementary school students with participating in the science fair.

Thank you for supporting young scientists in our community.

Southgate Elementary School Austin Public Schools

Belita Schindler joining me in presenting this check to the KAUS, HyVee "Feed a Family" program. These funds came from o...
11/16/2018

Belita Schindler joining me in presenting this check to the KAUS, HyVee "Feed a Family" program. These funds came from our Basic Needs fund. Enhancing the community through charitable giving is what we are all about. Have questions, feel free to get in touch with us.

Gerard Academy
10/16/2018

Gerard Academy

Gerard Academy purchased flip flops for youth in residence to use as shower sandals with the help of Basic Needs Funding provided by the Austin Area Foundation. The flip flops promote health and safety during bathing, and the youth in care at the Academy appreciate the new footwear.

The Austin Area Foundation is a public charity whose purpose is to enhance giving in all sectors of the community. This Foundation partners with local nonprofit organizations to support critical area needs and opportunities.

Karen Wolf, Executive Director at Gerard Academy, said Gerard residents were thrilled to get their own flip flops. “This is a really wonderful gift to our youth,” Wolf said. “We are grateful for the support from our community, it truly makes a huge difference in the lives of our youth.”

Cedar River Watershed District - Austin, MN
08/25/2017

Cedar River Watershed District - Austin, MN

Great gathering today to celebrate the completion of a new canoe-kayak access on the Cedar River State Water Trail!
The rock-surface access is located behind Austin's Marcusen Park baseball stadium in Lafayette Park.
Many thanks to CRWD's project partners: Austin Area Foundation (gave a $2,000 grant to cover the cost of materials); City of Austin, Minnesota (designed the access and delivered materials); and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (helped locate the site and provided a crew and equipment to build it).
Also thanks to Cedar River Canoe & Kayak Rental Service; Vision 2020 - Austin, MN; along with state Senator Dan Sparks and state Rep. Jeanne Poppe, who both helped CRWD get the Cedar designated by the Legislature in 2011 as a state water trail.

Discover Austin, Minnesota
Austin Park & Recreation Department
Explore Minnesota Tourism
Southern Minnesota Tourism Association

Gerard Academy
08/25/2017

Gerard Academy

Thanks to Austin Area Foundation for their support in helping us purchase shower flip flops for the boys and girls at Gerard! Gerard Academy's Associate Director Karen Wolf said, "This is just a really wonderful gift to our youth. We want the Austin Area Foundation to know that their gift has made a real difference in the lives of these youth. We all just want to say thank you!"

12/16/2016
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

Sincere thanks to the Austin Area Foundation for the generous grant which will provide the funds to purchase a puppet theater and many animal puppets! We look forward to all of the "performances" to be held in the Childhood Room in the Interpretive Center, here at the Nature Center.

07/18/2016

The Austin Area Foundation’s application deadline for its annual awarding of grants is Sept. 1.

Each year the Austin Area Foundation awards grants to local organizations, and past recipients include the Austin Dog Park, Matchbox Children’s Theatre, the ARC of Mower County, the Mower County Humane Society, and special interest groups within the school system. Applications are available at austinareafoundation.org, or hard copies are available at the Austin Public Library or the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce. Applications may be mailed to Austin Area Foundation, PO Box 6, Austin, MN, 55912.

Austin Area Foundation's cover photo
07/14/2016

Austin Area Foundation's cover photo

2015 Legacy Gifts
07/07/2016

2015 Legacy Gifts

Austin Area Foundation
07/07/2016

Austin Area Foundation

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110 1st Ave SE
Austin, MN
55912

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I wanted to share this story about our last recipient with you - Thanks!