Three years ago, the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation started the Community Giving to Community campaign to match $1M for five area community funds that cover the entire Greater Itasca Area.
The million-dollar match comes from an extremely generous grant from the Blandin Foundation. This partnership between the Blandin Foundation, the Community Foundation and all the communities across the Greater Itasca Area is a huge investment in our future.
The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation serves the entire Greater Itasca Area, - think Itasca County with small neighboring communities like Hill City, Remer and even Blackduck included. Within this Greater Itasca Area are some fairly unique areas providing natural affinities for local citizens. These areas include the Deer River Area, Greenway Area, Hill City Area, and the Nashwauk Area. These unique areas form the geography of the new and growing community funds.
“Community Funds are geographic, meaning that the money granted out focuses within these specific geographic areas,” says Sarah Copeland, Director of Grants and Programs at the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation. “For the purposes of these Community Funds we have focused on five unique communities, each with a slightly different flavor, that combined, provide the richness of the Greater Itasca Area.” The fifth fund is the Greater Itasca Area Community Fund. “Four of the five Community Funds provide coverage over specific areas well understood by local citizens, with a couple of these areas approximating the local school districts,” states Copeland. “Some people talk about a melting pot, I think our Northern Minnesota community is more like a hot dish, and the Greater Itasca Area Community Fund is like the tater tots. The Greater Itasca Area Community Fund includes District 318, Remer, Blackduck and all other townships, so all of the Greater Itasca Area is included in one of the Community Funds.”
“Community Funds are permanent endowments designed to meet emerging needs we just can’t anticipate,” states Chris Fulton, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “Our grandchildren’s grandchildren will benefit from the efforts of building these community funds now.”
The Community Giving to Community campaign is nearing completion with HUGE success so far in meeting the $200,000 match for each of these five funds. Please consider being a part of this effort to ensure our communities remain great places to live, work and play. By the way, meeting the match does not end this effort as these funds will continue to grow through estate gifts and other donations to this area we love.
The Deer River Area Community Fund approximates the boundary of ISD 317, covering much of the western portion of Itasca County. Amount needed to meet the match: Less than $20,000 is needed to meet the match!
The Greenway Area Community Fund includes the cities of Coleraine, Bovey, Taconite, LaPrairie, Marble, Calumet, and Pengilly; and the townships of Trout Lake, Greenway, and Lawrence Lake. Amount needed to meet the match: Greenway MET THE MATCH in November!
The Hill City Area Community Fund includes Hill City, Jacobson, Palisade, Spang and Swatara. Amount needed to meet the match: Less than $20,000 is needed to meet the match!
The Nashwauk Area Community Fund includes Nashwauk, Nashwauk Township, Keewatin, Pengilly, Buck Lake area, and Goodland. Amount needed to meet the match: Less than $30,000 is needed to meet the match!
The Greater Itasca Area Community Fund combines District 318, Remer, Blackduck and all the other towns and villages between. Amount needed to meet the match: Less than $25,000 is needed to meet the match!
We Need Your Help
We need your help to meet the match by the end of 2019. As an added bonus, we will double your gift to any of the Community Funds that have not met their match. You can make your $100 instantly turn into $200 by donating to a Community Fund before the end of the year.
Donations can be made online through our website at www.gracf.org, or stop in to the Community Foundation. We are right downtown in Grand Rapids across from the Old Central School. We’d love to thank you in person for investing in our community.