Monday, August 31, 2009

Donations Received

Over the last couple of years, the foundation has received donations from the employees at Schwans, Mrs. Allen Gratz, and a $500 donation from Hope Mutual Insurance. Hope Mutual would like to use their donation as a challenge to the rest of the businesses in Tyler to see what they can donate to help the Tyler Area Foundation meet its endowment fund goals of $25,000 and to support the Community of Tyler. Thank you.

I was just at the post office and I see that the foundation has received its first donation since the design team launched its new information campaign. The donation is from Lois Andersen and is in memory of her husband Arvin "Ben" Andersen. Thank you Lois!

Friday, August 28, 2009

August Update

Good Morning to all of you. The design team held it's monthly meeting on Tuesday of this week and we spent our time trying to coming up with ways to get the Foundation information out to the residents of Tyler. We also spent some time on ways to raise the remaining $15,500 dollars for the endowment fund which would be matched by the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF). Once the group gets through the design phase of setting up our local foundation, we will have a limited time to raise these dollars before we lose the matching opportunities from SWIF. So, we want to hit the ground running as soon as we get the first board seated.

It looks like we will have our first donation, since this blog put out that we are accepting donations, and it will come from the Aebelskiver Car Show. We hope to get a picture of the presentation in the local paper and hopefully spur some additional donations. We have also put a "Donations Needed" slide on the local public channel. Here is what the slide looks like:

Donations Needed
The Tyler Area Community Foundation (TACF) is now taking donations to its endowment fund. The first $25,000 in donations will be matched dollar for dollar by the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF).
Donations can be sent to:
PO Box 239
Tyler, MN 56178
To learn more about the foundation or to catch up on what is going on with the foundation, please visit and read the blog updates at
TACF thanks the community of Tyler in advance for their support of the foundation and its endowment fund.

I will use the next update to list other ideas that we came up with during our August meeting. And if you have ideas for us, please contact one of the members on the design team below and share it with them.

TACF Design Team includes: Tim O’Leary, Deanna Drake, Sharon Jacobsen, Gary Manson, Joan Jagt, Trent Hess, April Thomas, Margo Snow, Steph Ekema and Dan Tolsma.

Thank you again for your support of the foundation.