Shaping Our Community for Good



The Mankato Area Foundation is a trusted resource that connects donors with causes they care about, provides funding to enhance our region, and serves as a collaborative community partner.


We work as a knowledgeable and innovative community foundation that promotes philanthropy and drives transformative action to strengthen our region and improve lives.

MAF in Our Community

Fund Types

Community foundations are a creative and flexible means for community-based philanthropy. Donors who want to give back to “Main Street” have a myriad of options. The role of the Mankato Area Foundation is to assist donors in structuring their gifts so both the donor and the community benefit from their charitable generosity.

Through a gift to our Unrestricted Fund, you are helping to ensure there will be resources tomorrow for needs we can’t even imagine today. We use our unrestricted funds to address current community needs and invest in the work of local nonprofit organizations that are collaborating with others to make long-term, transformative change.
Through a Designated Fund, you create an enduring source of support for specific organizations and programs you care about. You choose the projects or purposes to benefit from your generosity, and we invest and distribute the income from your fund in the form of grants.
Through a Donor Advised Fund, you can have a voice in your philanthropy and receive benefits similar to a personal or family foundation without the administrative responsibilities. Donor Advised Funds are convenient, flexible tools for individuals, families or businesses that want to be personally involved in recommending grants made possible by their gifts. If you have a range of community interests, you may find that donor advised funds are an ideal vehicle for fulfilling your charitable wishes.
Through a Scholarship Fund, you create a legacy of helping individuals achieve their potential by supporting their educational goals. You have the ability to establish a scholarship fund to benefit students of a particular school, geographic region, educational discipline, gender or other designation.
Through an Agency Fund, your nonprofit organization has the opportunity to create a fund that generates investment income, year after year, which can be granted back to the agency, or reinvested in the fund to grow over time at the discretion of your governing board. Learn More
Through a gift to our Equity Partners fund, you are supporting the ongoing sustainability of the Foundation. The resources from this fund help to enhance our ability to serve donors and the community.

What to Give

The Mankato Area Foundation knows the issues facing our community and we’re committed to shaping it for good. As a local partner for over 40 years, we’re here to help you create a giving program that works for you, your assets, your wishes and your goals.

There are many ways to give to the Foundation. You can contribute a variety of assets such as:

  • Cash gifts
  • Stocks and securities
  • Mutual funds
  • IRAs
  • Life insurance
  • Real estate
  • Assets of other trusts or of a private foundation

Work with our MAF team to find the right fit for you.

Learn how you can start to make an impact today.

Meet the Team