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): $157,055

Fiscal Year 2016 Grantmaking  

Awarded grants totaling $9,662, including:

ISD #378 Dawson/Boyd for:

  • 2015 Essay Contest Award
  • 2016 Essay Contest award
  • supporting the purchase of a trap thrower for the Dawson/Boyd High School league

Veterans of Foreign Wars to renovate the VFW Post Event Center

West Central Minnesota Educational Television Co.to support a webcast on poetry and the creative and spiritual life of southwest Minnesota’s prairie

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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