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Owatonna Foundation

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Owatonna Foundation


The Owatonna Foundation was incorporated in December 1957. One of the first community foundations in the State of Minnesota, it was established with the goal of improving the quality of life for present and future generations of Owatonna residents.  The Owatonna Foundation is focused on capital related projects in our community.

In the 64 years since, almost $13 million in grants and scholarships have been disbursed. The Foundation’s first grant was to the Owatonna Hospital to outfit two rooms and provide incubators for the nursery.


Today a quick look around the community reveals an abundance of capital projects supported by the Foundation including the Central Park Band Stand, the Steele County History Center, trails, scoreboards, and more.

Beyond providing financial support, The Foundation takes a strong leadership role by offering fresh perspectives on emerging community needs.  Learn more about our history.   Learn  More.....

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The Owatonna Foundation works toward Community, Education, Arts and Recreation community support.


See the differences donations have had within the Owatonna community.


The Legacy Society members make a lasting commitment to our community by including the Owatonna Foundation in their estate plan by making a bequest, gifting real estate, stocks, life insurance, or annual gifts.


The Owatonna Foundation has scholarships for students who wish to continue their education and returning adults who are looking for a new career. Building our educational base, helps build a better tomorrow.

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3 in 3 by 2023 is a campaign to help the Owatonna Foundation reach a goal of $10 million in assets. With assets of $10 million, your community foundation will be able to annually award close to $500,000 in capital grants each year.  This will enable more dreams and projects to come to fruition than ever before!

Your contribution to the Owatonna Foundation makes things happen in your community by supporting projects in the areas of the community, arts, recreations and education.  Tax-deductible donations can be made.

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