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WKACF Supporter,

During this time of Thanksgiving, as the president of the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation (WKACF), I would like to thank the people of the Wabasha Kellogg Area.  Our Communities have been very generous and supportive.  This has allowed, in our young existence, for us to support and provide assistance to numerous projects and organizations.  These include the Backpack program, Community Tree Garden, our Local Library, Free Pool Passes for all area youth, the Splash Pad, Ski Team, Kellogg Lions Club, Elder Network, Great River Homes, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Meals on Wheels, Kellogg Park Department, Wabasha Chamber of Commerce, National Eagle Center, Public Health, Reads Landing Museum, Senior Dining, Substance Abuse, Domestic Abuse, and Youth Mentorship.

Without your help, the aid and assistance to these important community organizations would not have taken place.  I would like to thank you for your previous and future support of our efforts to keep our communities great.  If you would like to support our mission or get to know more about our organization, go to our website, wkacf.org, our Facebook page or if you would like, you can send a check to WKACF, P.O. Box 268, Wabasha, MN  55981 or call 651-564-1133.


Bob Mann, 
President – Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation





Kristi Kropp receives checks for Senior Dining and Meals on Wheels from Dr. Bob Mann, President of the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation, at their Ice Cream Social

Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation recently held an Ice cream social to thank the local communities for their support.  They also handed out $22,000 worth of checks raised from their Local Giving Day fund raiser to 14 Local Service Organizations.  They served free ice cream, cookies and refreshments.  This was also their kickoff for their Fundraiser for their Endowment Fund, which is the money used annually to support whatever our local communities may need.  They did announce matching funds for every first-time donor to the endowment fund, up to $100.  This means that if you have not donated to the WKACF endowment fund before, your donation will be doubled.  So now is the time to donate to the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation.

If you have any questions go to the website at WKACF.org or on their Facebook page, or call 651-564-1133.


Without a will, the government will make the decisions and can take a good share of your assets after you are gone.

The Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation will be sponsoring a class, given by local Attorney, Mark Jarstad.  Learn about the importance of having a Will and Estate Plan and the pressures it will take off your family members.

Date:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (Registration Deadline: October 6, 2017)
Time:  7:00 pm

Location:   W-K High School Room #102 (across from performing arts center)
Cost:  $5.00

Register by contacting Wabasha-Kellogg Community Education at 651-565-3559, Ext. 258.



Thanks to all of you who have donated to the Local Giving Day.  The Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation was able to raise $22,000 for our Local Service Organizations.  Many of these service groups would not be able to help our friends and neighbors without this additional revenue.  Totals to date for Local Giving Day are;

Backpack for the Weekend        $1097.00
Wabasha County Elder Network $1032.00
Great River Homes $1047.00
Meals on Wheels $1991.00
National Eagle Center $547.00
Public Health Special Needs $1563.00
Reads Landing School Museum $822.00
SEMCAC Senior Dining $756.00
St. Elizabeth Medical Center $3206.00
Wabasha County Substance Abuse Program $1000.00
Wabasha County Women’s Shelter $2374.00
Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation $3555.00
Wabasha Public Library, Children’s Edition $1943.00
Wabasha County Youth Mentorship Program $1048.00

All of these organizations would like to thank you for your generosity.  If any of you did not get a chance to donate and would like to, call 651-564-1133 or go online to our website wkacf.org  or e-mail at info@wkacf.org to get a donation form.


Letter To The Editor

I am writing to inform the public that applications for the board position for the Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation board position is open until August 1st.  Unfortunately, in the previous articles it inaccurately gave the date of July 1st.  If you are interested on serving on a board that serves many interests and members of our communities and is building the foundation for the future of our communities, you may pick up an application by requesting one through our Facebook page, website (wkacf.org), email (info@wkacf.org) or by calling 651-564-1133.  If you have the time and like serving people and have a keen interest in improving and preserving our communities, pick up an application.

Bob Mann
President Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation


WKACF taking Applications for a board position

The Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation is seeking applications for a position on their Advisory Board. The Board’s responsibilities include building relationships with donors and their philanthropic wishes and coordinating that with local projects and Service Organizations requesting assistance.  Applicants should be dedicated and willing to work towards a better community.  Applications will be received until July 1, 2017.  To receive an application or for more information contact Bob Mann at 651-564-1133.


To The Editor,

Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation would like to thank all of you who supported our successful Local Giving Day to raise money for many of our Local Service Organizations.

If you have not had a chance to contribute, donations are still being accepted. Use the form that you received in your mail or you can contribute online at WKACF.org/local. If you would like another form, they can be picked up at Wabasha Dentistry at 115 E. Main Street or by calling 651-564-1133.

Final numbers are not in yet, but our local service organizations use your contributions to help our friends and neighbors. They are very grateful for your generosity and say Thank You to those who have contributed and to please consider a donation, for those that have not taken the opportunity to do so.

Sincerely, Bob Mann
President, Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation


Note From Gloria

Wabasha – Kellogg Area Community Foundation

The Wabasha – Kellogg Area Community Foundation (WKACF), a community foundation that builds and maintains an endowment, the earnings of which are used for philanthropic purposes with in the surrounding communities. At a time when the responsibility for solving local problems and enhancing the quality of life for local citizens is clearly shifting back to the local community, community foundation’s are in the right place at the right time.

My husband and I annually donate to the WKACF to build better communities for our local families, schools, and local business within our area. Supporting youth is one of the foundation’s top priorities and is also one of my favorite funds to support, these including the Pool Pass Program and supporting our Wabasha Public Library.

Thanks’ to the foundation and it’s donors for all you do.

G. J.

Tree Garden

Left to right: Scott Lien, Russel Meyer, Kenny Pavelka, Dan Schmidt, Brandon Huth, Seth Tentis, Angela, Bill Davidson, Rick Vaplon, Bob Mann


Photo of some of the leaders of the Service Organizations that are participating in the Local Giving Day. Top row from left to right, Amy Glomsk i- Wabasha Public Library, Mike Weinandt – Great River Homes,  Greg Glomski – Mentorship program, Pastor Dave Knox – Back Pack Program,  Sara Carrels -  Domestic Abuse,  Front row,  Carrol Scott – WKAC Foundation,  Margaret Peterson – Reads Museum, Marie Perry – National Eagle Center.

Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation recently discovered the Combined Drive will no longer exist.   WKACF knows the importance of raising funds for our local service organizations and have put together a replacement program.  This program is titled “Local Giving Day” which is officially on May 24th, 2017.  However, donations will be accepted at any time.  Won’t you please help us support the following service organizations.  You can contribute several different ways.  It can be done online at wkacf.org or on our Facebook page.  You should soon receive a mailing, with the information and donation form, which can be dropped off at community drop off boxes or mail it to:  WKACF Local Giving Day, Box 268, Wabasha, MN 55981.  Please take a moment to support the foundation in helping these service organizations and our community.

Backpack for the Weekend
Elder Network
Great River Homes
Meals on Wheels
National Eagle Center
Public Health Special Needs
Reads Landing School Museum (Wabasha County Historical Society)
Semcac Senior Dining
Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center – Community Health Improvement
Wabasha County Substance Abuse Court
Wabasha County Women's Shelter (Domestic Abuse)
Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation
Wabasha Public Library, Children's Library Expansion Project
Youth Mentorship

Help us improve our communities with your donation.

Make all checks payable to: WKACF Local Giving Day.


$4000 donation Pool Pass and Spash Pad

The Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation, with a matching grant from Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund, donated $4,000 to the Wabasha Free Pool Pass Program and Splash Pad fund raiser.  Pictured above, receiving the check, are the people that ensure that the pool is ready for our youth.  From left to right, Public Works Director Tony Johnson,  his right-hand man, Dylan Hartert.  Pool manager and administrator, Kellie Quade and WKAC foundation president, Bob Mann.  If you would like to support these programs, send your check to WKACF, P.O. Box 268 Wabasha, MN 55981 or go online to wkacf.org and hit the donate button..



The Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation (WKACF) awards Minnesota Green Corp and the cities of Wabasha and Kellogg, $500 towards the construction of a gravel bed tree garden.  This will allow the cities to plant bare root stock trees to develop a more stable, fibrous root system.  These trees would be planted in our communities to replace the numerous large Ash Trees.  Emerald Ash Borer has been found in our area and these ash trees will be removed over the next year or two.  This program is to help replace the Ash Trees with several different varieties.  Trees create a richer environment by providing health, as well as, aesthetic benefits.  It will also save the community expenses on trees, reduce heating and cooling costs and reduce the amount of water entering the storm water system.  This program needs more funds and volunteers.  If you have any interest in helping, please call Angela LaCroix at 651-565-4673 ext. 111.




The Wabasha Public Library Board has approved a 11,000+ square foot addition to the children’s portion of the library.  The children’s program at the library has been dramatically successful and many times is overflowing.  This expansion will also provide more space for storage and small group meetings.

The Wabasha Kellogg Area Community Foundation (WKACF), through their parent company, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, is proud to announce a $10,000 grant for this children’s library expansion project.  The WKACF is your local foundation, organized to raise money through individual and group donations for the benefit of our local communities, now and into the future.   If you would like to know more about the WKACF, you may go online to www.wkacf.org or call Bob Mann at 651-564-1133.

The Library is more than half way to their fundraising goal.  If you would like to contribute to this worthwhile project, you may go online to www.wkacf.org and use the donation link button and include a note that your contribution is for the Children’s Library Expansion.  Or, you may send a check to Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 268, Wabasha, MN 55981 with a note on the memo line that it is for the Library.  Either way, your tax-free donation will be helping children of our communities, now, and for generations to come.