Essential nonprofits can be trusted

Mankato Free Press (June 24, 2024) —As the CEO of the Mankato Area Foundation, part of my responsibility is to speak up, share, and support the incredible work of all the nonprofits in our community. In fact, this is one of my favorite parts of the job. 

 Because of this responsibility, I feel it is important to speak to the countless generous donors and nonprofit volunteers in the area as well as community members at large. Your work is valued and appreciated, and your support is needed now more than ever.

 There is currently a high-profile trial taking place at the federal level involving one fraudulent nonprofit organization with ties to Minnesota. Knowing this, I want to assure our community that the actions of one group are not a reflection of the multitude of organizations doing good and important work in the Mankato area and elsewhere. Every day I get to witness and work with dedicated, hardworking individuals who care deeply about strengthening our community, and the aforementioned trial does nothing to diminish their powerful impact. 

 The staff and volunteers of our local nonprofit sector tackle critical issues like food insecurity, housing instability, access to healthcare and transportation, and workforce development. They enrich our lives through the arts and recreation and by helping us build community with one another. Their work is not just vital to the livability and vibrancy of this place we call home; it is transformative.

 As we all know, the actions of one bad actor are not a reflection of the whole. While I appreciate an awareness and understanding of the federal trial at hand, I also encourage generous support of our nonprofits here at home. I know them well, and I know just how wonderful they are. 

 If you have any questions about how we at Mankato Area Foundation continue to be a trusted resource, please connect with me. We take great care in building trust and transparency in our work, and you can rest assured that your support for us and for the nonprofits we serve will make a positive difference in shaping our community for good.

Nancy Zallek, President and CEO
Mankato Area Foundation