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


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, contact us at 507-637-4004.


The Redwood Area Communities Foundation: A Core Supporter of the Community

The Redwood Area Communities Foundation (RACF) is a core community developer. The support offered to the community by RACF is unrivaled in impact. 

The Redwood Area Communities Foundation Defined

The Redwood Area Communities Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit entity organized for the welfare and benefit of Redwood County residents and organizations. The RACF’s focus is on those who live or have their principal place of business in Redwood County or within a 10 mile radius. The RACF was established in 1988. 

The Redwood Area Communities Foundation Impact

Redwood Area Communities Foundation works hand in hand with the Redwood Area Development Corporation to improve the quality of life for local communities and their residents, to benefit public school districts and any charitable organizations operating in Redwood County and to provide scholarships and loans to students living here.  

“Looking at all of the diverse groups served in itself is a success story. The groups benefited by RACF include different spectrums across the board, from youth to senior citizens and the healthy to those in need,” says Don Yrjo, Chairman of RACF.

The RACF supports civic, charitable, benevolent, educational and cultural purposes in Redwood County. The foundation has more than 30 subsidiaries and over three million dollars in assets that are managed for these groups. The foundation’s current designated accounts are listed as follows and continue to expand.  A cornerstone program of RACF is the Ehlers Student Loan Fund.The cost of a college education continues to rise, and, for some, those costs can hinder their goal of earning a degree. Those who do pursue post-secondary education quickly discover the costs associated with furthering their education result in taking out loans at a high rate of interest. In an effort to help address those financial realities a program was established in Redwood Falls by a benefactor named Martin Ehlers. The program provides interest-free funds for students living in Redwood County or attending school in Redwood County. Next deadline is May 4, 2020. 

These groups are able to receive grants and tax deductible gifts from individuals due to the 501(c)(3) status of RACF. They can receive these grants and tax deductions as both short term subsidiaries and long term subsidiaries. The financial help received by the 501(c)(3) status allows these accounts to put more of their finances into their missions for the community. 

The Redwood Area Communities Foundation Future Growth 

The RACF plans to continue providing scholarships for youth to adults, encouraging the expansion of community youth activities as well as mental and physical health activities, progressing technology in the area,  assisting civic organizations, helping veterans, benefiting the arts and providing leadership. Countless opportunities exist for growth in Redwood County.

“The RACF has been serving many diverse needs for more than 30 years in our communities,” explains Yrjo. “I believe it will continue to grow and serve the needs of many more groups as time and needs change in the future,” he finishes.