Richfield Foundation Gives Thousands in Grants to Local Organizations

The Richfield Foundation awarded more than $11,000 in grants to local organizations, projects and schools.

Editor's note: The following is a Richfield Foundation press release.

In 2012, the Richfield Foundation continued its 30-plus year tradition of awarding grant money to projects and organizations that are working to strengthen the community, while also refocusing its mission in serving the people of Richfield.

As a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, the Richfield Foundation is uniquely positioned to make a positive difference in partnering with outreaches working to strengthen Richfield. Combining a long history of service to Richfield and a new mission focus, the Richfield Foundation is prepared to work for a bright future for the community. The foundation awarded $11,200 in grants in 2012.

In mid-December, the Richfield Foundation announced that it was awarding its 2012 grants to the following organizations and projects:

Cornerstone - an agency serving domestic abuse victims

Dedicated purpose for grant: Translate written materials into Spanish to better serve clients

Grant award: $2,000

Fraser - a nonprofit serving youth and adults with special needs

Dedicated purpose for grant: Renovate playground equipment at school

Grant award: $1,000

Loaves and Fishes - a nonprofit serving hot meals to people in need

Dedicated purpose for grant: General operations

Grant award: $2,000


Mira - an agency serving Latino residents

Dedicated purpose for grant: English as a second language and computer education

Grant award: $1,500

Oasis for Youth - an agency that provides assistance to homeless youth

Dedicated purpose for grant: General operations

Grant award: $1,000

Richfield Dual Language School - a Richfield Public School serving K-5 students

Dedicated purpose for grant: Purchase books written in Spanish for 4 and 5th graders

Grant award: $1,000

Richfield Environmental Learning Center Fund - a project of the Richfield Middle School

Dedicated purpose for grant: Provide grants to families to defray costs of overnight trip

Grant award: $2,000

Richfield Transitions Program - a project to help students with disabilities

Dedicated purpose for grant: Provide money for CIRCLES program

Grant award: $700 

The Richfield Foundation makes grants from a portion of donations received during the year and earnings from an endowment. According to Gordon Hanson, vice chair of the Richfield Foundation, "Requests for grant money far exceed the ability of the foundation to give, so we are hoping to build our endowment so we can meet more needs of the community in the future." 

The year 2012 was also a time of change for the foundation.  In 2012, the foundation board defined the focus of the Richfield Foundation as serving three areas: 1) Successful kids, 2) Secure families, and 3) A strong community. The foundations will be seeking to partner with organizations and initiatives that serve one or all of these focus areas.

More information about the Richfield Foundation may be found at www.RichfieldFoundationMN.org. Individuals, businesses and organizations wishing to donate to the Richfield Foundation will find a link for secure online giving on the website. Questions about the Richfield Foundation may also be directed to Steve Quam, chair, at 612-861-2601 or Gordon Hanson, vice chair, at 612-559-7632.


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