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Dawson Community Foundation Endowment Fund
Project for Southwest Initiative Foundation

An affiliate of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, the Dawson Community Foundation benefits Dawson, Minnesota.

Mission Statement 

To connect the needs of the community to the passion of donors with the goal of enhancing our community resources and spirit.

Grant total since inception (including grants made for operating expenses): $167,260

Fiscal Year 2017 Grantmaking  

Awarded grants totaling $10,205, including:

Dawson Chamber of Commerce to create a new gnome for display in the community park and repair existing gnomes

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association for two children's theater productions in its 2017-2018 season

ISD #378 - Dawson-Boyd to provide artist residencies for 125 students in grades 4-6 at Stevens Elementary

Lac qui Parle County to upgrade the Lac qui Parle County Park's flag pole light

City of Dawson to provide vouchers for the Lac qui Parle Hope Network and the Dawson and Madison Food Shelves 

Local Contact Information 

Dawson Community Foundation
PO Box 549
Dawson, MN 56232
Telephone: (320) 769-4394

Board Members  

  • David Pederson, Chair
  • Deb Breberg, Co-Chair
  • Josh Falness, Secretary
  • Vern Silvernale, Treasurer
  • Sharilyn Bates
  • Karen Bergeson
  • Karen Houff
  • Barry Lund
  • Leroy Mamer
  • Dr. Phil Maus

Family of Funds 

  • Dawson-Boyd Alumni Association Endowment Fund
  • Dawson Ruzick, Seeling, Gustafson (RSG) Scholarship Endowment Fund
  • Dr. Philip W. Maus Scholarship Endowment Fund of Johnson Memorial Foundation
  • Johnson Memorial Foundation Fund
  • Lac qui Parle Museum Endowment Fund
  • Maureen M. Yagodka, Ph.D. Memorial Fund
  • Russell and Betty Dahl Memorial Endowment Fund for the Benefit of Dawson-Boyd Public School Music Department
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