Why invest in the Austin Area Foundation

Published 9:12 am Friday, March 6, 2015

By Jeff Baldus

Austin Area Foundation executive director


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People want their charitable gifts to be taken care of in the ways they intended during their lifetimes and beyond. The Community

Foundation is structured to ensure your gift will be invested wisely in perpetuity.


As a public foundation dedicated to pooling resources and leveraging charitable dollars to maximum impact, we offer donors customized giving options to accomplish their goals with minimum expense.


Unlike private foundations, community foundations can have a new fund up and running in a matter of minutes rather than a matter of months.


Deeply rooted in Austin, Minnesota, we are the local experts on philanthropy, we have in-depth knowledge about challenges and solutions for our community and we monitor national trends and opportunities in giving to give our donors every opportunity to make a difference.


We are here forever. The donor’s intent is our standard in every decision. We ensure our donor’s charitable priorities will always be honored, through changing time and circumstance.


One of our greatest assets is our extraordinary flexibility to create tailored charitable giving opportunities. This makes us a leader in philanthropy. Most importantly, The Community Foundation connects generosity with need.

From the beginning, we have helped donors and nonprofit organizations make a difference here in the Austin area.

Today and always, we continue to uphold the values of those who believed a foundation for the community could play a vital role in identifying and supporting critical needs in Austin, Minnesota. As a public foundation, everyone is invited to be a part of our work.

For more information about giving opportunities, please contact Jeff Baldus at 507-434-7494 or jeff@austinareafoundation.org.