“One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.” ~ Chinese Proverb
Building for a Better Tomorrow
The mission of the Owatonna Foundation is to improve the quality of life for present and future generations, safekeeping a spirit of belonging and sharing to pass along from our forefathers to our grandchildren.
By acting as a vehicle for the generous spirit of Owatonna citizens and businesses for the last 55 years, The Owatonna Foundation has provided over $11 million in support of projects across the community.
Supporting the Community
To meet the ever-changing needs of the community, the Foundation makes grants for capital purchases and improvements in the following categories:
Community – with projects that have an impact on the quality of life of the people of Owatonna, and the parks and places they use and enjoy.
Arts – with projects that support fine arts, both visual and musical, and encouraging a diverse cultural environment.
Recreation – with projects that help improve the recreational diversity of Owatonna, offering all ages a recreational outlet throughout the year.
Education – with scholarships and improvements promoting literary and scientific ventures and preserving the history of Owatonna.
Investing in Ideas and People
The Owatonna Foundation isn’t just about deciding where to spend funds, it’s about investing in ideas and people. The Foundation takes a strong leadership role not only by providing financial support, but also by offering fresh perspectives on emerging community needs. We know that today’s ideas can become something great for our children and grandchildren. And when the Foundation grants funds to innovative programs it can often launch fund-raising initiatives that engage the community and jump-start a group of volunteers with energy and enthusiasm, to provide the impetus for success.
The bottom line is that the Owatonna Foundation touches the lives of every citizen in our community. By working with donors from across our community, we help to shape the future by funding projects that make a difference in our lives and will make a difference in the lives of future generations.