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Rochester Area Foundation today announced the creation of the Coalition for Rochester Area Housing, a group of public and private sector organizations dedicated to affordable housing in the Rochester area.

The Coalition will lead a collaborative community program to acquire, invest, manage, and distribute funds and resources to create and preserve affordable and workforce-priced housing. The Coalition’s founding partners are Rochester Area Foundation, the City of Rochester, Olmsted County and Mayo Clinic. Read more.


Archived News

1.17.17 | Rochester Area Foundation Launches Search for New President

The Rochester Area Foundation (RAF), whose mission is to build and enhance the quality of life in the greater Rochester area through philanthropic leadership and community partnerships, is announcing the search has begun for their next President. The position profile is posted on the RAF website at ->Read more

8.24.16 | weGive365 Program Announces 2016

Grant Recipients

Members of the Rochester Area Foundation’s weGive365 program presented $1,000 grants to 7 area nonprofits at an ice cream social on Tuesday, August 23. Learn more

8.22.16 | Rochester Area Foundation Announces Executive Leadership Transition

The Rochester Area Foundation Board of Trustees announced today that JoAnn Stormer has resigned as President of the Rochester Area Foundation and Karel Weigel has been selected as the Interim President. Learn more

Rochester Area Foundation Recognized Nationally

The National Council on Foundations announced that the Rochester Area Foundation was recertified for continuing to meet the 43 exemplary compliance standards for community foundations. read more»

GRAUC Is Building Tomorrow's Future Today

RAF is assisting GRAUC in growing its capacity to enhance its mission.  Learn more about GRAUC, as profiled in our 2014 Annual Report.

Rochester Ranks Low in Economic Diversity

Steve Borchardt speaks with KAAL regarding the Journey to Growth initiative and the importance of a diverse local economy.

RAF Receives CFC Approval

The Combined Federal Campaign has named RAF eligible to recieve pre-tax charitable contributions from all federal employees.  Click here to learn more.

RAF Announces Latest Grant Awards

$81,000 has been granted to local nonprofits aimed at increasing the quality of life in our area. Click here to learn more.

$1 million donated in four days

The Otto Bremer Foundation's matching dollars were fulfilled in four days! Click here for more on the story.

KIMT interviews First Homes staff

First Homes Program Officer Shirley Lee speaks on the Community Land Trust and how it makes homeownership affordable for so many families.  View the story here.

Olmsted County housing plan needed as region grows

Olmsted County Commissioners Paul Wilson and Stephanie Podulke wrote a commentary on the housing issues facing our area.  Click here to read their piece.

RAF Announces Latest Grant Awards

$61,668 has been granted to local nonprofits aimed at increasing their impact and increasing the quality of life in our area.  Click here to learn more.

RAF partners with Nuss Truck & Equipment

Click here to learn more about the unique partnership that is helping to grow philanthropy in seven communities across our area.

Post Bulletin Editorial Page

Click here to read the new Post Bulletiin editorial on philanthropy and the RAF mission going forward.

Post Bulletin Summary of the Celebration of Philanthropy

Click here to read the latest Post Bulletin article on RAF and it's Celebration of Philanthropy.

KROC AM Features Rochester Area Foundation

Steve Borchardt was a guest on KROC AM to discuss the current state of the Foundation and other topics.  Click here to listen. 

RAF assists Salute to the 4th in Rochester Fireworks Funding

Salute to the 4th has been recieving in kind and financial grant support in an effort to raise money for Rochester's annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show. Click here for the story

RAF appearance on KROC Steve Borchardt and representatives from the Rochester Public Library sat down with KROC 1340 AM to discuss their most recent partnership.  Click here for the audio.

Olmsted County Housing Study

RAF partnered with Olmsted County, Mayo Clinic and Maxfield Research to develop a study aimed at assessing our area's future housing needs.  Here is a link to the study.


RAF Announces Latest Grant Cycle

The Rochester Area Foundation has announced it's largest grant distribution in over 5 years.  Click here to see the organizations that were chosen as recipients.

Income tax deduction for charitable giving isn’t ‘wasteful’

JoAnn Stormer and Paul Harkess issued a commentary on the recent New York Times article that called into question the charitable tax deduction.  read more»

Area Foundation awarded $100,000 grant from U.S. Treasury Department 

A technical assistance grant was awarded to the RAF for use in developing its Rochester Community Finance (RCF) initiative.  read more»

Nonprofit Academy Seminar Agenda

Here are the upcoming topics to be discussed in the following months. read more»

Rochester Area Foundation Announces Latest Grant Cycle Awards

$40,500 will be granted out to nine local organizations to improve the quality of life in the greater Rochester area. read more»

weGive365 Provides a New Way to Give to the Community

This new initiative will make it possible for everyone to become involved in philanthropy. read more»

Rochester Area Foundation State of Support for Destination Medical Center

As the community's endowment, the Rochester Area Foundation Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution in support of Destination Medical Center (DMC). read more»