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
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
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.
4.) Dickinson County Endowment Fund
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