The Edina Community Foundation
Bringing people together to serve, strengthen, and celebrate our community.
Summer 2015
In This Issue
Program Update -
Edina Dialogue

Since 2005, the Edina Community Foundation has hosted over 65 public discussions in collaboration with other community groups in order to foster small town relationships and conversations. Highlights include:

  • The Author's Studio co-sponsored by the Edina Art Center, interviews local writers and artists.

  • Edina Reads Program, co-sponsored by the Edina Library, is a community-wide reading program that encourages active reading, life-long learning and thoughtful conversation.  

  • Martin Luther King holiday speaker series co-sponsored by the Friends of the Edina Library.

  • CEO Roundtable co-sponsored by the Edina Chamber of Commerce is an annual fall event.


Program Update -
Connecting With Kids

Our mission is to connect individuals, families, organizations and other resources in Edina to help them fulfill their responsibility to raise healthy children and develop a healthy community. Some of our CWK programs include:

  • Edina Day of Service - an annual event that celebrates and encourages a culture of service through numerous volunteer efforts in the community.

  • Leadership Breakfast - honors adults and organizations that have impacted youth in the community. A Student Leadership Award is presented to an EHS junior who has shown exemplary leadership skills.


Foundation Board of Directors, 2015-16


Paul Mooty, President

Mamie Segall, Vice President

Scot Housh, Secretary

Steven McDonald, Treasurer


Katie Aafedt,*

Ron Erhardt,

Tom Gump,*

Michele Herring,*

James B. Hovland,

Andy Matysik,*

Jeff Ohe,*

Richard Olson,

Lana Slavitt, and

Maxine Wallin.

Staff representative Dick Crockett is Executive Director of the Edina Community Foundation. 


A special thank you to departing board members Brad Beard, Bernie Beaver and San Asato for their service and support of the Foundation over the past several years. We will miss you!


* New Member 

Life Reimagined - Edina
Richard Leider

Life is full of change. Our newest community program is intended to help people of all generations prepare for and engage in life's transitions. Life Reimagined - Edina (LRE) is inspired by the writings of Richard Leider, a national best selling author and executive coach from Edina, recognized for his work on the power of purpose. His 40 years of research on living purposefully has formed the basis for a national Life Reimagined Institute by AARP in Washington, D.C. The Edina Chamber of Commerce, Edina Community Education and the Edina Community Foundation are part of this pilot project along with the generous funding sponsorship of Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors.


Jan Schubert is the new program coordinator and can be reached at

DONOR Insight: 
Edina 4th of July Parade and Fireworks Sponsors

Our best parade yet with over 90 parade units and nearly 25,000 spectators!


Returning Presenting Parade Sponsors, U.S. Bank and Lunds & Byerly's, along with Fireworks Sponsor Fairview Southdale Hospital and numerous business sponsors make this annual Independence Day celebration possible. Thank you!


See this year's colorful 4th of July photos


The following Sponsors make Edina's Independence Day parade and fireworks possible:

Parade Presenting Sponsors: U.S. Bank/Flex Perks and Lunds & Byerlys

Fireworks Sponsor: Fairview Southdale Hospital


Gold Sponsors ($1,200)  

Jerry's Enterprise

(Jerry's Foods) 

Bizal Built
Jerry & Lisa O'Brien Family
Victoria Dance Productions
International Dairy Queen
Edina Realty
Xcel Energy
Faribault Woolen Mills
Think Bank
The Water's Senior Living
Grandview Tire and Auto
Ellingson & Ellingson P.A.
North American Banking Company


Silver Sponsors ($600)

Red's Savoy Pizza - Edina
Christensen and Lau P.A.
First Minnesota Bank
State Farm Insurance - Matt Boockmeier, Agent
Dermatology Specialists
Simon Properties - Southdale Center
Re/Max Results
Galleria Shops of Distinction
Pets are Inn
Sign Pro
Custom Remodelers, Inc.


Bronze Sponsors ($300)

Wings Financial Credit Union
50th and France Association


In-Kind Sponsors

Famous Dave's, Starbucks, Bobby and Steve's Auto World, Edina Rotary


The Edina Challenge

This initiative began in 2012 to bring various community nonprofits together to better help disadvantaged Edina youth. Five gap areas of needed support emerged and with the help of 14 community organizations the Challenge team has been working together to provide responsive programming to impact those needs. Your generous contributions have helped support:

  • Summer Edina Parks and Recreation fee waivers for 153 youth and their families;

  • Summer of Opportunity grants for 18 middle school youth to attend YMCA camps;

  • One2One mentoring for 15 middle school youth through a cooperative program with the Southdale YMCA;

  • Oasis for Youth services for homeless and displaced youth in Edina and surrounding suburban communities.

  • The Last Mile, a college preparation program benefitting 19 Edina High School graduating seniors who are the first in their family to attend college;

  • The development of the Ready-Set-Connect card focused on a dignity of access method to provide disadvantaged youth and their families a simple, cohesive way to access fee waivers and scholarships for numerous community programs. 

Foundation Fiesta

Over 85 adults gathered at board member Lana and Andy Slavitt's home in Edina for a fun spring FIESTA on Friday, May 15 to celebrate all of the good work of the Edina Community Foundation! Generous donations raised at this event help support local youth programs and student scholarships.


Your donation, in any amount, helps support the work of the Foundation. Donate today.

Edina Community Foundation | 952-833-9573 | |
5280 Grandview Square
Edina, MN 55436