Mankato Area Foundation Receives National Recognition: Accredited with Rigorous Philanthropic Standards

Mankato, MN (May 9, 2023) — Mankato Area Foundation (MAF) recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

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CityArt Walk

KTOE (May 8, 2023) — Talk of the Town with Lisa Kaye visits with Maureen and Greater Mankato Growth’s Crystal Olson talk about the CityArt Walk.

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Recreation center to expand with indoor playground

Mankato Free Press (May 1, 2023) — An anonymous donor has given $50,000 to the Lake Crystal Area Recreation Center. The donation came by way of the Mankato Area Foundation and was given to support the recreation center’s indoor playground expansion project.

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Minnesota nonprofits rethink office space as employees opt for hybrid work

Star Tribune (April 29, 2023) — While some companies are downsizing office space to adjust for more remote-working employees, Dean Orton's St. Paul nonprofit added office space and still managed to cut costs — thanks to a unique collaboration.

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My Place “Block Party”

KTOE (April 11, 2023) — Talk of the Town with Lisa Kaye has Maureen and Erin from My Place in to talk about the Block Party fundraiser that is coming up!

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Mankato Area Foundation Grants $35,000 to Mankato East Planetarium

Mankato, MN (March 28, 2023) — The Mankato Area Foundation (MAF) announces a grant of $35,000 to the Mankato East High School Planetarium to support major technology upgrades. For almost 50 years, Mankato East High School had the honor of providing a unique learning environment for students and community members

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Photographic Journeys

KTOE (March 20, 2023) — Maureen from Mankato Area Foundation was on Talk of the Town with Lisa Kaye to talk about the gallery exhibit “PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS BY JONATHAN ZIERDT.” 

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Charitable businesses: Nonprofits rely on partnerships

Mankato Free Press (March 13, 2023) — The concept of “corporate culture” has grown in importance as companies face challenges attracting new employees. Increasingly, how businesses support nonprofits in their community is high on the list of questions when potential employees are job hunting.

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Exhibit to highlight Zierdt’s photographic journeys

Mankato Free Press (February 26, 2023) — Jonathan Zierdt was best-known to the Mankato community for helping found and then direct Greater Mankato Growth, an organization that combined the old models of chamber of commerce, industrial development corporation and tourism bureau under one roof. The end of his life at

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