Benson Area Community Foundation Endowment Fund
Project for Southwest Initiative Foundation

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

Mission Statement 

To enrich our quality of life and provide a legacy by connecting charitable donors to community visions.

Grant total since inception (including grants made for operating expenses): $47,724

Fiscal Year 2016 Grantmaking  

Awarded grants totaling $7,450 including:

Minnesota Extension Service/ Swift update equipment used in the 4-H Lego Robotics program; including newly updated EV3 kits, iPads for remote operation of robots, and additional computer program resources

Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ to provide child-friendly activities and to act as a liaison between the children and different community organizations to make them and their families aware of resources available to them

Prairie Five Community Action Council to support Prairie Five Nutrition in Benson for their $2.00 Tuesday project

Swift County Fair Association for bathroom improvements at the Swift County fairgrounds

Swift County Historical Society to support exterior building weatherization, updates and repairs

Trinity Lutheran Church - ELCA to support the Benson Area Cares 4 Kids Backpack Program

Local Contact Information

Benson Area Community Foundation
PO Box 25
Benson, MN 56215-0025
Telephone: (320) 843-4411

Board Members  

  • Andrea Thomson, Chair
  • Frank Lawatsch, Co-Chair
  • Chuck Koenigs, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Val Alsaker
  • Debra Hilleren
  • Dennis Laumeyer 
  • Janet Lundebrek
  • Rose McDonald
  • Erin Nagler
  • Kerry Wilcox

Family of Funds

  • Galen Hanson Memorial Education Endowment Fund
  • Robert Sonsteng Memorial Advised Endowment Fund
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