February 4, 2019
The 13th annual Preston Area Community Foundation dinner and auction will be held on Monday, March 11th, 2019 at the Fountain Community Center starting with a social hour at 5:30pm and a Dinner at 6:30pm. This annual event is a great opportunity for PACF donors in the greater Preston and Fountain areas to hear about the impact their contributions are making to improve the quality of life and build stronger communities.
The event highlight will be guest speaker Mike McCabe. As head of all Naval Aviation, Admiral Mike McCabe oversaw some of the deepest technological shifts and changes at the U.S. Navy. He ensured thousands of military personnel would be ready for these transformations and managed the budgets that supported these key innovations and changes. His career was driven by one motivation: sustaining a culture of excellence while caring for his people. Eighteen months after graduating college, Mike was flying combat missions under the mentorship of one of the original TopGun Instructors, shooting down MIGs together. He became the Executive Officer of TopGun himself, and the two combined again to consult for the movie “Top Gun”.
Following Navy retirement, he became the CEO/President of a large Commercial Charter Airline. He grew the airline into a multi-hundreds of million-dollar business. He left the airline and retired a second time to battle cancer. Having survived air combat, the 9/11 attacks, and cancer, Mike embodies the spirit of “Glad To Be Here” and lives in a “pay it forward mode” bringing his storied experience and passion to helping teams and leaders.
There will be several opportunities to donate to the PACF throughout the evening through silent and live auctions. All auction proceeds as well as donations made to PACF that evening will be matched by Dan Christianson and F&M Community Bank 50 cents on the dollar. If anyone would like to donate items to the silent auction, these items can be dropped off at F&M Community Bank through midday on March 8th. Tickets for the PACF dinner and auction are $40 and are available at F&M Community Bank in Preston or at First State Bank in Fountain.
December 6, 2018
October 23, 2018
At the 2018 Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Luncheon, SMIF recognized the Preston Community Foundation for moving the needle on rural philanthropy. Dan Christianson, former PACF board member and owner of F&M Community Bank, was invited to speak and mentioned initiatives the Preston Area Community Foundation has supported such as Economic Development projects, like the National Trout Center and the Veterans Home, as well as the renovation of historic buildings such as the historic elevator and box car.
- Preston Area Community Foundation “Moving the Needle on Rural Philanthropy” Click Here to Read the Full Article
- The Preston Area Community Foundation was also mentioned in the 2018 SMIF Annual Report : Click Here to View the Annual Report
Click on our “Projects Funded” link on the right to see the many new grant awards this Spring and Summer!
Your Foundation just returned from a fun evening accepting our awards from our November Give To The Max Campaign Victory. We are so in awe at the thoughtful reception and award ceremony conducted by the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation! They are a class act. We are excited to promptly get the 100 children books into the hungry hands, eyes and imaginations of our children. A pleasant surprise was the added Miken Bats! Thanks to both of our award sponsors for helping to improve our communities!
PACF has a wonderful Student Advisor Program. The Directors are very pleased with this years Advisors!
Kaitlynn Aug enjoys being involved in her community and gaining experience on a foundation board. She enjoys participating in the grant process for the school district and our area and gets satisfaction from making a difference even though it involves very early morning meetings!
Kaitlynn also participates in volleyball, basketball, softball, is the student council president, TNT treasurer, SADD board member, and National Honor Society member.
She plans to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato majoring in exercise science and continue on for a doctorate in physical therapy. More volunteering is in her future as it’s a great thing to do for your community.
Nicholas Mensink likes providing input and having an impact on his community at a young age and believes that everyone should be involved in their community in some way. He enjoys the quarterly meeting and helping so many different groups.
Nick plays football, basketball, and baseball, and is a captain in all three sports. He’s a SADD member, National Honor Society member and plays in the band.
Soon Nick will be attending Minnesota West in Worthington for their Powerline Technician program and playing baseball there as well. He is open to more volunteering opportunities in the future.
Your job isn’t finished yet but thanks Kaitlynn and Nick!
December 22, 2014
Your Foundation got a quick look at the new Smart TV in use as part of a Technology grant for early childhood readiness. More details to follow in a few weeks.
December 9, 2014
The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation recently announced a Major Gift Fundraising challenge to all of their community foundations. The goal of this SMIF challenge is to promote major endowment gifts by matching donations to help grow the philanthropic base in Southern Minnesota. SMIF has offered a dollar-for-dollar match on a single donation in the range of $5,000-$15,000 towards the respective community’s endowment fund. The Preston Area Community Foundation is very pleased to announce that F & M Community Bank has donated $15,000 in this challenge which has been accepted and matched by SMIF with another $15,000 for a combined $30,000 Endowment Fund Gift to PACF.
“When we found out about the matching program, we immediately offered to do what we could to get those matching funds,” said Dan Christianson, CEO of F & M Community Bank. “After all, how often can we get a 100% return on our investment in the Preston Area! This investment on behalf of F & M and SMIF will benefit our area for years to come.”
“PACF is honored to accept this major donation and we thank F & M Community Bank and SMIF for their commitment to PACF and for recognizing that together we can all make a positive impact improving the quality of life in our area,” Stated chair Will Mensink. This matching opportunity carried restrictions and was available on a first come first serve basis. We commend F& M Community Bank for so promptly stepping forward.”
November 26, 2014:
November 25, 2014:
Please join us January 8, 2015 at the Kingsland vs. Fillmore Central Varsity Boys Basketball game in Spring Valley where the Preston and Spring Valley Area Community Foundations will receive our Award Books resulting from our very successful Give To The Max Fundraiser.
November 20, 2014
At our Fall Quarterly meeting PACF was presented with some worthy grant applications:
A grant was awarded(and matched dollar for dollar by SMIF) to Fillmore Central Community Education School Readiness Program. We believe this is identically matched by the Harmony Area Community Foundation and combined this grant allows the purchase of a SmartTV for the 4 and 5 year old preschool room and IPads for both 3 &4 year old and the 4 & 5 year old rooms along with learning resources for all the above.
The National Trout Center was awarded a partial grant to assist in establishing a Comprehensive Digital Program Management System consisting of computers, software, and large digital screen all for archiving,storing, displaying, managing and developing documents, photos, and videos of the operation and environmental learning center.
A grant was awarded to the Crown Hill Cemetery Association for repair and reset of some gravestones in the three oldest sections of the cemetery contain our area’s founders and their families. Most of these stones have no known heirs to contact for the maintenance.
The Preston Park Board was awarded a partial grant which, along with funds from the Fillmore Central Booster Club and the Preston Park Board, will add covered dugouts to the remaining softball fields.
We have received even more good news about our Give To The Max event. The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation just keeps sending us pleasant surprises.
SMIF matched every tenth donor to PACF for an additional $545 and awarded us $500 for having the largest number of unique donors. That’s a fancy way of saying we had great participation! That brings our total raised to $12,965 in one day.
We thank you for joining in affirming that together we can build a stronger community.
November 14, 2014
Wow! What a day it was yesterday for the Preston Area Community Foundation! Thank you to everyone who so generously contributed to the Give to the Max Day fundraiser! In just 24 hours, the Preston community donated $11,920 to the endowment fund – – now that is something to cheer about! The Spring Valley Foundation collected $10,645 so we edged them out in our “friendly” challenge for the third year in a row! This means our community will be the benefactor of 100 early childhood books! There were really no losers in this contest, but it is nice to have those bragging rights!!! On behalf of the PACF board thank you again! You can be assured your donations will be invested wisely and used to enhance the quality of our community! It is all about Preston Pride!
Give To The Max Committee Chairperson
Thanks to all of you who stopped by to see us yesterday day at the Fall Expo. A great event that was very well planned. Thank you Preston Chamber of Commerce.
Our next PACF meeting is Just around the corner on November 6. The deadline for grant applications is October 23. Grant applications received after that date may not allow adequate time for proper consideration by the Directors and could possibly be delayed until the next Quarterly meeting.
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is offering a one time matching grant opportunity in the area of entrepreneurs or early childhood $1 for $1 up to $3,000 upon PACF’s and THEIR final approval! Previously matched projects do not qualify. Please contact Scott or Will for details.
Back in 2012 the PACF Directors created a Capital Campaign Initiative to raise $50,000 in two years time. Our fiscal year has ended and our Community met that challenge by responding with a very generous $53,256. Thank You! We have so much gratitude to live where people care, are involved and desire to improve the quality of life for our entire community.
The PACF also sends a huge Thank You to outgoing Directors Dwight Luhmann, Sheila Craig, and Tim Bremseth for their efforts in making this a successful Campaign and for volunteering years of their time and experience improving our Foundation and Community.
Thank you Taylor Case and Colin Bennett for serving as PACF 2013-2014 Advisory Members. We sincerely appreciated your involvement and attending those 7:30 AM meetings!