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an affiliate of St. Croix Valley Foundation

Est. 2008

Volunteer-Driven, Community-Focused

Serving people and communities of the Chisago Lakes area of Minnesota (defined as communities within the boundary of Chisago Lakes School District #2144).

Chisago Lakes Area

Community Foundation

Board of Directors

Kathy Kirvida (Chair)

Noel Stensrud (Vice Chair)

Ann Gillach (Secretary)

Erik Anderson (Treasurer)


Chris DuBose

Jennifer Kmecik

Wendy Redland

Joe Thimm

Bridget Hoolihan

Tanya Paine

Brian Dietz
LouAnn Mattson

Jerilyn Mattson


To build permanently endowed funds to support projects, programs and initiatives to enhance the quality of life throughout our communities. 


Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation was established in 2008 by civic leaders as a community trust. Its purpose is to allow individuals the opportunity to make lasting, flexible gifts to meet the needs of residents within the boundary of Chisago Lakes School District # 2144. This mandate benefits the communities of Shafer, Center City, Lindstrom, Taylors Falls and Chisago City.


As an affiliated of St. Croix Valley Foundation, the board of Chisago Lakes Community Foundation can assure donors that gifts will be professionally managed, used wisely and effectively, and utilized to enhance the future well being of the Chisago Lakes area.


Donors to Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation have several options for directing philanthropy.

  • The Community Fund:  Benefiting needs in the greater Chisago Lakes Area. 

  • Enhancing Senior Living Fund: Benefiting local hospice and home care needs and related projects.

  • Chisago Lakes School Endowment Fund: Supports opportunities for students in the areas of arts, academics, athletics and activities.


  • Each year, Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation links donors and charitable gifts to community needs through small grant awards. 

  • Civic organizations, service groups, municipalities, schools and 501(c)3 nonprofit groups located in Independent School District #2144 are eligible to apply.

  • Grants are made based on viability of idea, scope of impact and degree of need. Grantees are required to report on the results of their work.

  • The application window will be open annually late summer. Awards are announced in the fall.


For further information visit Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation. To begin the application process, click here.  

Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation

P.O. Box 449

Lindstrom, MN  55045





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