1) Okoboji Foundation
With an endowment of more than $3 million, the Okoboji Foundation makes a tremendous impact on the Iowa Great Lakes Area. To date, grants of more than $ 2.1 million have been awarded to more than 50 local non-profit organizations in support of over 100 projects. A recent recipient of $100,000 of the Okoboji Foundation’s bounty is the Spirit Lake Protective Association.
Established in 1989 to encourage dreams of a better place to live and to support projects that improve the quality of life in the Iowa Great Lakes region, the Okoboji Foundation provided the Spirit Lake Protective Association with $100,000 to renovate and rehabilitate the historic Mini-Wakan Shelterhouse and State Park on the north shore of Big Spirit Lake.
Ann Ditsworth, Executive Director of the Okoboji Foundation states, “As the community foundation in the Iowa Great Lakes Area, it is the vision of the Okoboji Foundation to facilitate projects here which are not fulfilled by government or for-profit enterprises. These projects may be, but are not limited to cultural, educational, environmental, historical, life-saving or recreational needs.”
The Spirit Lake Protective Association’s wish for a fully usable Mini-Wakan shelterhouse and park is significantly helped by the Okoboji Foundation’s encouragement of this project. “The Okoboji Foundation’s generous support of the renovation of the historic Mini-Wakan Shelterhouse and State Park demonstrates the foundation’s commitment to turning dreams into reality,” said Joe Ulman, Chairman of the SLPA’s Mini-Wakan Committee. “We are grateful that the Okoboji Foundation recognizes the importance of this work,” he continued.

2) Dickinson County Endowment Fund
Dickinson County Endowment Fund has approved the amount of $5,600 to assist in the renovation of Mini-Wakan State Park".
The grant will be used for part of the project completed by August 31, 2009. Thanks to Dickinson County Endowment!

3.) The SLPA's Historic Site Preservation Grant
The Spirit Lake Protective Association’s Historic Site Preservation Grant (HSPG) application for $100,000 is approved for full funding in 2010, according to Kristen Vander Molen, Grants Manager at the State Historical Society of Iowa.
The SLPA’s submission was one of 31 applications requesting over $2.4 million during this annual grant cycle. The fiscal year 2010 appropriation for the HSPG program provided a total of $980,000 for 12 grant awards. Click here to read the press release. (.doc 25KB)

4.) Dickinson County Endowment Fund (2)
A second Dickinson County Endowment Grant has been awarded during 2010. This $15,000 has been added to our total and makes the Project closer to completion. Thanks again to Dickinson County Endowment!


Spirit Lake Protective Association
P.O. Box 51 Spirit Lake, IA 51360