A fund partner of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, the Appleton Community Foundation benefits Appleton, Minnesota.

Mission Statement

To be a permanent local catalyst, stimulating growth and the enrichment of the people of Appleton by inspiring leadership, hope, generosity, and the spirit of unity.

Grant total since inception (including grants made for operating expenses): $400,797

Fiscal Year 2013 Grantmaking

Awarded grants totaling $149,592, including:

  • '52 Wing Restoration Committee to landscape and install speakers at the bandstand
  • City of Appleton for the basketball and volleyball project at the pool
  • City of Appleton for golf course improvements
  • City of Appleton for population/designation signs
  • City of Appleton for the swimming pool
  • Countryside Public Health to provide meals for parents, children and childcare during Incredible Years Curriculum training
  • ISD #2853 - Lac qui Parle Valley for the 2012-2013 Strengthening the Family Child Guide Program
  • ISD #2853 - Lac qui Parle Valley for a fun, safe, drug and alcohol free after prom event for students
  • ISD #2853 - Lac qui Parle Valley to send children to Camp Buckskin
  • ISD #2853 - Lac qui Parle Valley for a week of curriculum with Artist in Residence Ross Sutter
  • Lac qui Parle Valley Community Education to defray participant costs of the Appleton/Milan summer recreation program and to replace program equipment
  • Lac qui Parle Valley Community Education for a traveling baseball team
  • Lac qui Parle Valley Dollars for Scholars for the Lac qui Parle Valley Dollars for Scholarship program
  • Lac qui Parle Valley Drama Dept. to produce the Garry Marshall/Paul Wil­­­­liams musical 'Happy Days'
  • Prairie Playhouse Child Care for required annual training, including CPR and First Aid
  • Preserve Appleton’s Heritage, Inc., for a new Appleton A’s Baseball Team scoreboard Preserve Appleton’s Heritage, Inc., for new baseball field dugouts


Local Contact Information

Appleton Community Foundation
PO Box 82
Appleton, MN 56208
Telephone: (320) 289-2736


Board Members

  • Jason Giese, Chair
  • Cheryl Schmidt, Secretary
  • Thomas Rice, Treasurer
  • Angie Conn
  • Leslie Ehrenberg
  • Susan Erickson
  • Dale Lien
  • Cherri Schmidt
  • Kathy Skjei
  • Andrea Sawatzky


Family of Funds

  • Appleton VFW Post 4955 Flags of Honor Memorial Endowment Fund
  • Lac qui Parle Valley Early Childhood Fund

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