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WKACF is celebrating their community support and accomplishments in their first two years of existence.   In that time, nearly a $100,000 has flowed through the organization enhancing our communities.  They are also building a community savings account (Their Endowment Fund) for the future needs of the Wabasha Kellogg Area.  They have helped numerous local programs:  Packing for the Weekend, Youth Ski Team, Combined Drive, Chamber of Commerce and City Collaborations, Free Pool Pass Program, Area Park Enhancements, cooperation with other local organizations, and the County Historical Society.  They have also worked with area professionals to ensure all donations, whether immediate, or through a personal will, estate plan or trust, will receive the most advantageous tax benefits. WKACF also held a well-attended public forum through Community Education on wills and estate planning.

The Foundation is very thankful for all their public support and looks forward to continued growth and expansion of the benefits they can provide to the communities.   However, they need your help. Their annual fundraiser is going on now and all donations made in 2016, to the Endowment Fund, will have a 25% match added to them. 

Donations can be made through their website  www.wkacf.org or may be mailed to:

Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 260
Wabasha, MN 55981

If you would like their new brochure and newsletter, contact the address above or go to the website and request one. 



Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation recently sponsored a Wills and Estate Planning meeting, through W-K Community Ed. Program. There was a big turnout. Attorney Mark Jarstad explained wills, estates, probate, power of attorney, health care initiatives and numerous other topics concerning why it is important to have a will. We received so much positive feedback from the meeting, that we put a videotape of this presentation on our website for all to view: www.wkacf.org. If you would like a free Planning Guide on Wills and Estates or the other brochures we distributed at the meeting, you may request them through the website (www.wkacf.org) or write to WKACF at Box 268, Wabasha, MN, 55981.

Watch the Will, Estate, and Trust Video


The Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation recently installed 3 new Board members.  Dr. Danielle Ott, M.J. Bussian and Russ Meyer join present board members Carol Scott, Rick Vaplon, David Ochsner, Bill Davidson, William Hager and Bob Mann.  This group has been working diligently raising money, planning future events and sponsoring programs, including the Free Pool Passes for all area youth; working with the local youth Ski Team, assisting in the Combined Drive which provides funds for numerous local organizations.  WKACF has also worked with the Packing for the Weekend program, Kellogg downtown park restoration and the Wabasha County Historical Society.  The Foundation would like to thank all of their contributors who have made this possible.


Watch for this truck and
sign in all of our local parades



For all $300 donations to the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation, their parent company, Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund, will match that donation, dollar for dollar to make that $300 donation worth $600.  If more than $300 is contributed, they will increase your donation by an extra 25% after the initial $300.  So now is the time to make your donation.  This is a very limited time offer.  Donations can be mailed to WKACF, P.O. Box 268, Wabasha, MN, 55981.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation you can call 651-564-1133 or you can check out their website at www.wkacf.org.

To the Editor,

I am sure you have noted the excitement and fun happenings at our local swimming pool this summer.   The enhanced equipment, free youth pool passes and free transportation have been a rousing success.  The Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation would like to thank all of their contributors who have made this possible. Thank you for supporting your community.

WKACF President,
Bob Mann   

WKACF Kellogg Park Project 2016

I was blessed to be included in the recent community park project in Kellogg. To watch the community pull together, with numerous volunteers and city workers, to attack a mulch and water problem in their park was special. It makes you realize how fortunate we are to live in small towns in Midwest, America. This project took a lot of planning, large equipment and organization to make it all happen in only two long days. This was done with financing by local city officials, and labor of their citizens, who have pride in their wonderful community, large park and great playground. This project included laying pipe and drainage tile, digging out all the mulch and bad soil and replacing it. Plenty of water was provided for all of the workers in the 90 degree-plus heat and meals for the short breaks. Everything went just as planned.

You may be wondering why I was included? The Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation had talked to the Kellogg City Council about helping out whenever the Kellogg City Park needed extra maintenance or equipment. I was proud to Represent WKACF in working with the City of Kellogg and their numerous volunteers who are passionate about their park and their city.

Bob Mann


SMIF Matches WKACF Donation to the Pool Pass Fund (March 2016)

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has matched Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation’s $500 contribution to the Pool Pass Fund for a total of $1,000.  This money will be used to allow all Wabasha-Kellogg area youth to enjoy a free pool pass to the Wabasha Swimming Pool for the summer of 2016.  The Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation is an organization established to channel funds from giving individuals and businesses to provide for needs in our communities.

If you would like to donate to the WKACF, or specifically, to the pool pass fund, please send your donation to:   Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation,   P.O. Box 268,   Wabasha,   MN,   55981.    If you have any questions contact Bob Mann at 651-564-1133.




Wabash-Kellogg Area Community Foundation Board members, Rick Vaplan, Al Koenig, Bill Davidson, and Carol Scott  around the Founder’s Club plaque displayed at the First State Bank Of Wabasha.

imageThe Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation is proud to display a plaque, honoring Founder’s Club Members of the organization, at the First State Bank of Wabasha.  These Founder’s club members built the foundation of this organization by contributing $1,000 or more during their first year in existence.  These contributions are investments in our communities and will help provide funding for the needs now and well into the future.

A recent Board meeting of the WKACF set the goals for 2016.    One of the main goals was to increase our endowment fund to $100,000.  We are 2/3 of the way there.  This money is invested and a percentage of these funds will be used annually to provide for needs or improvements of our communities.  The larger the endowment fund grows, the more money is available for the Wabasha-Kellogg area.

Now is a good time to donate and invest in our communities, because we have matching funds made available to us by our parent company, The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.  These funds are limited and on a first come, first serve, basis.  So, invest in your communities now and increase your donation, by sending it to Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation at P.O. Box 258, Wabasha, MN, 55981.  You may contact Bob Mann with any questions at 651-564-1133.


VFW Donates to Pool Pass Fund (JANUARY 20, 2016)


Bruce Wild representing the VFW Presents a check to John Ochsner for $500 for the pool pass fund which is a sub fund of the Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation.  Dr. Bob Mann, seen in the above photo, is President of the WKACF.  The Pool Pass Fund will allow all Wabasha Kellogg Area youth to attend the Swimming pool in Wabasha, free of charge for the summer of 2016