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Foundation Receives Living Legacy Donation

The Owatonna Foundation is pleased to announce that a “Living Legacy” gift of $100,000 has been made to the Foundation by Melanie A Nelson and her mother, June A Nelson. The Foundation established its Legacy Society in 2012 to encourage donors to make a lasting commitment to our community by including the Owatonna Foundation in their estate plan by making a bequest, gifting real estate, life insurance, or annual gifts. Donors become a member of the Legacy Society when they sign a form that states their intentions to make a gift from their estate. A “Living Legacy” gift is a gift of $10,000 or more that is given during the donor’s lifetime.

A strong supporter of Owatonna and with a passion for women’s education, Nelson stated, “My mother June and I are thrilled to be able to make this gift to the Owatonna Foundation. The money will be used to fund two annual scholarships for women in a technical or two year college program. It is so important to be an advocate for women’s education; supporting them in any way possible to ensure their future success, whether financially, by mentoring, or other support. We know that thru the Foundation’s well established scholarship program we will be able to help empower women with a better education.”

“The Owatonna Foundation wishes to express its deepest gratitude to Melanie and her mother for this very generous gift to the Foundation’s Legacy Society. Her gift and those of the other Legacy Society members guarantees the continuation of the Foundation’s mission of improving the quality of life for present and future generations by supporting Owatonna projects that focus on our Community, Education, the Arts, and Recreation.” said Tom Dufresne, Chairman of the Foundation’s Legacy Society.

The Owatonna Foundation, now in its 58th year of serving the Owatonna community, provides “brick and mortar” grants in Owatonna and its environs in four areas: Recreation, Education, Arts, and Community projects. The Foundation also provides both traditional and non-traditional scholarships for 2 year colleges and technical schools.

The Foundation was established in 1957 with the goal of improving the quality of life for present and future generations of Owatonna residents. Since then, the Owatonna Foundation has committed more than $11.5 million dollars in grants and scholarships to local organizations and students. For more information about the Owatonna Foundation, the Legacy Society, grants or scholarships, please visit our website at:, or call our office at 455-2995.


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