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Redwood Area Communities Foundation

The Redwood Area Communities Foundation, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit entity organized for the welfare and benefit of Redwood County residents or organizations who live or have their principal place of business in Redwood County or within a radius of 10 miles of Redwood County.

RACF logoThe Foundation was organized for:

  • The welfare of communities and their residents.
  • The welfare and benefit of any public school district.
  • The welfare and benefit of any charitable organization located or operating in the defined area.
  • The benefit of students and former students of the school servicing the member communities by providing scholarships and loans.

The Foundation was established in 1988 for any of the following purposes: 

  • Civic 
  • Charitable
  • Benevolent 
  • Educational 
  • Cultural 
  • Or other eligible purposes as approved by its board of directors.

Fund Features:

  • Each Fund Retains its Own Identity 
  • Local Control or Central Control 
  • Tax Filing 
  • High Visibility 
  • Perpetual or Single Purpose 
  • Low Cost
  • Non-profit status
  • Annual audit
  • Compliance with non-profit registrations
  • D&O Insurance

Established Accounts Include:


I wanted to share with the Technology & Trades on the Prairie board, the impact that our initial Career Institute last summer had on my granddaughter, Maiya Thompson.

Maiya was clueless at the end of her junior year about continuing her education.  She had shared with me that she had no intention of going on to college.  And, then, as I have shared with some of you, grandpa tricked her into attending the 2017 Career Institute by paying her a daily stipend to attend and provide transportation to other students, who needed a ride.

At the end of the 2017 Institute, Maiya shared two stories:

  • In the hospital trailer, during delivery, when the other students freaked out when the birthing dummy started screaming and blood was squirting about, Maiya stepped up to the challenge and completed the delivery.  When I asked her what she learned from this experience, she stated:  “I learned that I don’t want to be a nurse!”
  • In the welding trailer, she discovered her real talent and a new passion for welding; and announced:  “I’m going to welding school.”

At Redwood Valley’s Evening of the Stars last night, Maiya received her $500 TTOTP Scholarship.

Yes, grandpa was proud, but more importantly, what I have witnessed was the impact, over the last year, that we, as an organization, have had on this young lady’s self-esteem and occupational/educational journey.

Maiya has applied to and been accepted into the welding program at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Jackson.

This morning, we received a phone call from AGCO that she had been awarded a $2,000 per semester ($4,000 in total) scholarship that will include a job, waiting for her, following graduation next spring from the welding program.
Way to go Maiya!

In closing, I want to share two thoughts:

  • TTOTP is positively impacting lives and making a difference.
  • Thanks to each of you for the time and energy that you have committed to making TTOTP a success for our local students.

Loran Kaardal

Redwood Area Communities Foundation, Inc. is a charitable foundation organized under the IRS code 501(c)(3). The board of directors is comprised of volunteers from member communities. RACF's records and books are open for inspection for reasonable requests. For the necessary steps to establish a subsidiary of RACF, give us a call at 507-637-4004 and ask for Pat Dingels.

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