Balaton Area Community Foundation Endowment Fund
Project for Southwest Initiative Foundation

An affiliate of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, the Balaton Area Community Foundation benefits the Balaton area in Minnesota.

Mission Statement

Dedicated to making Balaton a growing and healthy community by providing opportunities for everyone to impact the present and invest in the future.

Grant total since inception (including grants made for operating expenses): $35,019

Fiscal Year 2016 Grantmaking  

Awarded grants totaling $6,465 including:

Balaton Area Historical Society toward the project of moving the Burchard Country School in Tyler to the Historical Society’s property in Balaton

City of Balaton for:

  • a concrete pad under movable bleachers next to the new basketball court in Lions Park
  • additional routine maintenance of the public restrooms at Lakeside Park to improve cleanliness
  • providing a 2-year subscription of the Marshall Independent newspaper to the city library
  • installing seven new LED lights on existing poles, straightening the poles as needed, and installing a photo eye for light control

Colonial Manor Nursing Home/ City of Balaton to install a new Wanderguard Management System to prevent residents from leaving the facility unknowingly

Local Contact Information

Balaton Area Community Foundation
PO Box 132
Balaton, MN 56115
Telephone: (507) 734-4879
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Board Members  

  • Del Rutz, Chair
  • Bruce Larson, Co-Chair
  • Theresa M. Zaske, Secretary
  • Mary Timmermann, Treasurer
  • Ann Gifford
  • Rachel Janssen
  • Gayle Kaup
  • Marcia Wee
  • Willis Wendland
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