BIO (Bird Island and Olivia) Legacy Foundation Endowment Fund
Project for Southwest Initiative Foundation

An affiliate of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, the BIO Legacy Foundation benefits the Bird Island-Olivia area in Minnesota.

Mission Statement
To enhance our rural lifestyle by supporting ideas and projects that strengthen our communities.

Grant total since inception (including grants made for operating expenses):
$21,491

Fiscal Year 2017 Grantmaking Awarded grants totaling $8,028

Adult Client Training Service to purchase a wireless sound system for work floor

Christian Community Outreach Center:

  • for acoustical room dividers to create a quieter space for doing homework and meeting spaces for other groups
  • to purchase a business computer for administrative work and to assist youth with homework, reports, research and science fair projects

Church of St. Mary's for busing to and from airport and student lunches during 2017 Washington, D.C. trip

CIRCLE to collect and distribute school supplies for students in Renville County in need

ISD #2534 – BOLD:

  • to purchase a leveled literacy library for all classroom teachers and interventionists
  • to upgrade and expand wireless microphone units for use by BOLD musical students

Play Island, Inc. for art and educational learning supplies

Renville County Hospital & Clinics for a program to help Renville County residents prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes 


Local Contact Information 
BIO Legacy Foundation
PO Box 7
Olivia, MN 56277
Telephone: (320) 260-5365
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Board Members 

  • Jon Butler, Chair
  • Rob Thurston, Co-Chair
  • Justin Vogt, Secretary
  • Erik Peterson, Treasurer
  • Susan Lang
  • Sene Zupke
  • Justin Vogt
  • Summer O'Neill
  • Holly Johnson
  • Neal Prokosch
  • George Ebbers

Family of Funds
• BOLD Early Childhood Fund
• Dr. Paul Thompson Legacy Advised Endowment Fund

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