Board of Directors
Mary Richie (Chair)
Jennifer Cates Peterson
Dedicated to improving the lives of area residents and devoted to helping solve diverse and emerging community problems, Stillwater Area Community Foundation has the flexibility to channel monetary resources into multiple organizations to help address the most pressing community needs at any given point in time.
Stillwater Area Community Foundation was establish in 2010 by a group of community leaders seeking to help people give back to the communities they love by offering a pathway to keep philanthropic giving and support local. The Foundation servies cities and villages along the St. Croix River on the Minnesota side, from Marine on St. Croix south to West Lakeland Township (north of Interstate Highway 94). These communities are connected by a common school district. And while each has its own distinct identity, they share many goals and challenges.
Stillwater Area Community Foundation has been providing grants to area non-profits for many years. Some of the organizations funded include Canvas Health, Middle St. Croix Watershed Management, Stillwater High School, Family Means, Youth Service Bureau, St. Croix Family Resource Center, EVOLVE Adoption/Family Services, Silver Sobriety and Community Thread.
Since 2015, Stillwater Area Community Foundation has been offering a "Great Idea" grant program for larger, high impact projects. "Great Idea" grant recipients have included Stillwater Dog Park, Pollinator Friendly Alliance, River City Sculpture Tour, Lens Flare Stillwater, Beautify the Stillwater Stairs and Power of St. Croix Utility Box Mural Project.
The Stillwater Area Community Foundation supports community projects through several community grant programs. Find all details on the SACF website. The Fall Grants Program supports area nonprofits which meet the Foundation's annual 'Focus Area(s).' The Great Idea Competition helps to fund inventive civic-enhancement projects (usually a Spring/Summer application deadline) and the Racial and Social Justice Grant Program (initiated in 2020) supports work aimed at fostering change and improving racial and social justice in our communties.