BIO (Bird Island and Olivia) Legacy Foundation Endowment Fund
Project for Southwest Initiative Foundation

An affiliate of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, the BIO Legacy Foundation benefits the Bird Island-Olivia area in Minnesota.

Mission Statement
To enhance our rural lifestyle by supporting ideas and projects that strengthen our communities.

Grant total since inception (including grants made for operating expenses):

Fiscal Year 2016 Grantmaking
Awarded grants totaling $6,450

Adult Client Training Service to purchase a laptop computer, projector and screen in an effort to keep their adult Day Care participants (average age of 81) connected with their family and friends through the use of social media

Bethesda: Park View Village to purchase fitness equipment geared toward seniors to keep them healthy, fit and independent for as long as possible through monthly Fit for Life classes

Christian Community Outreach Center to support the After School Program as they provide over 120 elementary school students with healthy snacks, adult care and mentoring, homework help, socialization, opportunities for service and extracurricular activites

Church of St.Mary’s to support the purchase of Smart Board upgrades at St.Mary’s School

City of Bird Island to support engineering fees to provide preliminary design services for construction of a splash pad in Bird Island

ISD #2534 - B.O.L.D.towards the purchase of sound equipment that will benefit the BOLD musical and drama students; specifically five wireless radio transmitter battery packs to accompany wireless microphones

Learning Funhouse support the purchase of tablets for the preschool and school age rooms

Renville County Aquatic Club to purchase starting blocks to train athletes on proper racing starts

Renville County Historical Museum to assist in the preservation of St.John’s Church

Local Contact Information 
BIO Legacy Foundation
PO Box 7
Olivia, MN 56277
Telephone: (320) 260-5365
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Board Members 

  • Rob Thurston, Chair
  • Sene Zupke, Co-Chair
  • Mark Glesener, Secretary
  • Rob Saunders, Treasurer
  • Susan Lang
  • Jon Butler
  • Steve Dirks
  • Ciji Farmer
  • Erik Peterson
  • Paul Setzepfandt
  • Justin Vogt

Family of Funds
• BOLD Early Childhood Fund
• Dr. Paul Thompson Legacy Advised Endowment Fund

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