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History of the Martin County Area Foundation

2020 - Martin County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was created with the help of a generous gift from the Schmeeckle Foundation.

2017 - Local group of devoted donors stepped up and pledged an additional $250,000 toward the challenge, MCAF set new goal of $1 million.

2016 - 3 year challenge started with a dollar for dollar matching grant up to $250,000 from Thor Mickelson (Mickelson Media).

2016 - Celebrating 25 year anniversary

2014 - Fund balance reaches $2,000,000.

2013 - Fairmont Area Foundation changed their name to Martin County Area Foundation.

2008 - 2nd Annual Fairmont Area Foundation 500 held raising another $18,000 for the endowment fund.

2007 - 1st Annual "Fairmont Area Foundation 500" fundraising event held, raising over $35,000 for the endowment fund.

2006 - Fund balance reaches $1,500,000.

2005 - Fairmont Area Foundation was recognized by the Minnesota Community Foundation for reaching a fund balance of $1,000,000. In honor of this milestone, the Foundation was presented with a tree which was planted at Heritage Acres.

2004 - Vision for the Future campaign initiated. Goal to raise $250,000 in new investments over the next three years, allowing us to reach our goal of exceeding $1,500,000 in total fund balances by December 2006.

2000 - Since inception, over 25 people have provided volunteer time on the Board of Directors and over $1,000,000 has been received from donations and investors, helping us toward reaching our goal.

1998 - Total grants of $52,786 were awarded from earnings.

1996 - On April 5th the Circle of Legacy was adopted. The legacy provides the opportunity for planned giving to the Foundation.

1994 - The first grants from earnings were awarded. The Board set a goal of reaching $1,000,000 in assets by the year 2000.

1992 - A Board of Directors was established with assets of $200,000. Work began on local policy and by-laws.

1991 - Local businessmen met to hear details of a proposal for a matching grant of $1 for every $2 from the community. The donations would become part of a $100,000 matching fund drive offered through Mickelson Media Foundation. Just a month after the proposal, an agreement was signed with the Minnesota Community Foundation for administrative assistance and fund management.