Donor Designated Funds

Funds to benefit agencies

This endowed fund appeals to the donor who knows which organizations they would like to perpetually support. One or more charitable organizations may be named as the permanent beneficiaries of the grant awards from a designated fund. Each year the organization(s) receives a grant distribution check in the name of the founding donor(s). The minimum to establish a designated fund is $25,000.


Bernelda W. Busian Donor-Designated Fund

The children of Bernelda W. Busian created this fund to provide perpetual care for the Evergreen Cemetery in rural Dover, where Mrs. Busian is buried. The cemetery’s association plans to use the fund for long-needed capital improvement projects.

CRW Architecture + Design

CRW Architecture + Design established the fund to assist Boys & Girls Club youth with an interest in architecture with a scholarship to colleges for architectural design.

Pam Frangipane Memorial Fund for Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity

The family of Pam Frangipane, Charles Nelsen’s daughter, created this fund in her memory to benefit those individuals with basic needs within the community.

Rickee Henoch Art

Rickee Henoch lived in Rochester from 1973 until her death in 1988. She worked with her husband, Phillip Henoch, in the operation of McDonald’s Restaurants in Rochester.

Rickee Henoch Music

Rickee Henoch dearly loved music. She was a strong believer that music is an integral part of a community’s spirit and deserves unwavering support.

Rickee Henoch KLSE/KZSE Public Radio

Rickee Henoch believed in the importance of public radio. Income earned will provide ongoing support to Minnesota Public Radio stations KLSE and KZSE in Rochester.

Alan E. Hiley Memorial Hockey

The family of Alan E. Hiley created this fund to sustain Alan’s long-standing support of youth hockey. During his lifetime, Alan quietly ensured that youth could access equipment needed to participate in youth hockey and could pay association fees. The fund provides "scholarships" for basic city league youth hockey and equipment required to play hockey safely.

W.P. and Thena Iwen Scouting

W.P. and Thena Iwen actively participated in the Pine Island community. The fund will provide annual support to the Pine Island Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

St. Olaf Heritage Association - Robert and Lois Jorstad

St. Olaf Heritage Association was organized in cooperation with the Lutheran churches of the area to preserve the historical John P. Tverberg House. This cabin was saved from demolition in 1975 and preserved to its original 1856-1870 era condition, and is considered to be the first home of the St. Olaf Parish. The fund will be used for future care and maintenance.

Stewartville Area Historical Society Fund - Robert and Lois Jorstad

Robert and Lois Jorstad lived in Stewartville for a quarter-century, during which time Robert served as schools superintendent there. When they moved to Rochester in 2001, the couple donated many items of interest to the Stewartville Area Historical Society. The new fund will help the society with the upkeep of its collections.

Bernice Krug

Bernice Krug included instructions in her will that the following four charities receive gifts without restriction as to the use of the funds: Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester Civic Music Association, Rochester Public Library and the Salvation Army.

Charles Nelsen Memorial Fund for Dorothy Day Hospitality House

The family of Charles Nelsen, co-owner of Quality Plumbing and Heating, created this fund in his memory to benefit those individuals with basic needs within the community.

Mark and Sheryl Tasler Excellence Fund


Dodge County Historical Society

Christ Methodist Church


Soldiers Field Memorial


Benedict and Eloise Dresbach


Ehmke Endowment Fund


Harold and Margaret Neece


Janet Denny


James W. and Jean A. Newcomer


Elizabeth LaRoque Memorial