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Consolidated Communications' Community Fund Awards $150,000 in Grants

Grants awarded to 22 non-profit organizations in the Greater Mankato area

MANKATO, Minn. – March 11, 2024The Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation is awarding $150,000 in grants to 22 local non-profit organizations across the Greater Mankato area. Consolidated’s Community Fund focuses its support on local programs that meet critical community needs, such as hunger and homelessness, along with initiatives that provide opportunities for innovative education and learning.

Consolidated’s 2024 Grants are being awarded to the following organizations:

    • Minnesota State University, Mankato – scholarships; $15,000
    • Committee Against Domestic Abuse – direct assistance for victims; $10,000
    • Connections Ministry – shelter operations; $10,000
    • ECHO Food Shelf – dairy products for children; $10,000
    • Feeding Our Communities Partners – BackPack and Power Pack Food Programs; $10,000
    • Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato Area – Entrepreneurial JA Company Program; $10,000
    • Partners for Housing – Emergency Shelter Program; $10,000
    • South Central College – scholarships; $10,000
    • VINE – PEARLS mental health initiative; $10,000
    • Educare Foundation – Ed Waltman Mini-Grants; $7,500
    • American Red Cross – disaster recovery services; $5,000
    • Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota – STEAM programming; $5,000
    • Goodwill – career exploration using virtual reality; $5,000
    • Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund – Caring Box Program; $5,000
    • Lake Crystal Recreation Center – Fit Kids Program and senior lunch and learns; $5,000
    • Life-Work Planning Center – Women in Transition Program; $5,000
    • MRCI – community-based day service programming; $5,000
    • Lasting Imprint – congenital heart defect kits; $4,000
    • Footnotes Trauma Foundation – care for veterans and abuse victims; $2,500
    • Living Earth Center – youth gardening initiative; $2,500
    • Bethlehem Inn of Waseca – transitional housing for women; $2,000
    • Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts of America – handbooks for new scouts; $1,500

We are proud to support 22 non-profit organizations and their good work positively impacting our community and our region,” said Jennifer Spaude, senior vice president of corporate communications. “Our Community Fund exemplifies a core value of Consolidated Communications and contributes to our legacy of building strong communities and connecting people in the greater Mankato area.”

Consolidated’s Community Fund grants are awarded on an annual basis through a grant application process, administered by the Mankato Area Foundation. Grant requests for the next fiscal year will open in early fall and are due Dec. 1, 2024. More information can be found at

About the Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation

Built on a tradition of community leadership and company giving, the Consolidated Communications Community Fund has given more than $6.7 million dollars to non-profit organizations since it was founded in 1963. The Consolidated Communications Community Fund focuses its outreach to communities in southern Minnesota and is administered through the Mankato Area Foundation. Learn more at

About Consolidated Communications
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