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WINONA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INC

aka Winona Community Foundation   |   Winona, MN   |  winonacf.org

Mission

The Winona Community Foundation is a catalyst for igniting generosity and building the vibrant and enduring place we call home.

Ruling year info

1994

President/CEO

Nancy McIntire Brown CFRE

Main address

Winona Community Foundation 111 Riverfront, Suite 2 E

Winona, MN 55987 USA

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EIN

36-3500853

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Winona Community Foundation is focused on building philanthropy in the greater Winona area. We accomplish this by offering a variety of fund types to individuals, businesses, groups of individuals, and organizations, collaborating with nonprofit organizations, and partnering with professional advisors. A key objective is to grow the Foundation's permanent assets to provide a consistent and permanent stream of charitable dollars to invest back into the community. These dollars enable to the Foundation to infuse the community's nonprofits with needed operating funds, allow it to invest in solving difficult problems, and take advantage of opportunities that will help the community thrive.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Donor Advised Grants

Winona Community Foundation holds many donor advised funds. These funds may or may not be endowed. Donor advisors may direct funds to public charities for use within their specifications. Although most donor advisors will benefit state or local charities, they may direct anywhere within the United States.

Population(s) Served

Applications are received from the Winona Community and reviewed by the grant committee for awards

Population(s) Served

The Winona Nonprofit Alliance is a collective o nonprofits in the Winona area. Its purpose is to allow space for nonprofit leaders and staff to share opportunities, challenges, learn, and exchange ideas to strengthen the nonprofit community. The Winona Community Foundation facilitates the group.

Population(s) Served

Ready Set School is a vital program of the Winona Community Foundation. It ensures all eligible K-12 students who attend school in Winona County have the basic and necessary supplies and clothing for school.

Ready Set School is funded by private, public, and business donations. Contributions are distributed directly to families via vouchers to select, local retailers allowing them to decide whether to purchase supplies, clothing, or a combination of both. Donated school supplies are distributed to classrooms in need and to new students entering throughout the school year.

Ready Set School distributed 949 vouchers worth over $66,000 to local students in 2022!

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children
Preteens
Adolescents

The Winona Goodfellows Fund has been in existence for more than 100 years, providing countless Winona-area children with warm winter clothing and footwear. Originally a program of the local newspaper, Goodfellows is now volunteer-led and is a program of the Winona Community Foundation. It runs fully on donations from individuals and organizations across the community.

The program provides vouchers for between 700 and 800 income-eligible children in grades preschool through eight enrolled in Winona County schools. Our partners are all of the public and private schools in the Winona community. We extend our program into Winona County through partnerships with Project FINE and the St. Charles Resource Center.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Community Foundation National Standards Board 2021

Community Foundation National Standards Board 2015

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donor-advised funds

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Donor Advised Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Active-grant making from DAFs is an important way the Foundation supports local nonprofits while helping donors manage their philanthropy.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Foundation's Community Grant Program is board directed. In 2023, due to a challenging stock market in 2022, the board reduced its dollars for grantmaking.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Winona Community Foundation seeks to expand its ability to invest back into the community by growing its assets under management and unrestricted endowment, increasing the number and diversity of funds it holds, and increasing the dollars granted back into the community. It does so with the goal of building and strengthening the community.

This will be accomplished by educating the public about philanthropy, connecting people with needs, and collaborating with other charitable organizations, working with professional advisors to increase their comfort level with talking to their clients about philanthropy.

In 2018, the board of directors more than doubled the dollars available for its community grant program. In order to continue growth, it is essential the staff, in collaboration with the board, will increase giving directly to the Foundation's permanent funds, as well as increase the number and diversity of funds held by the Foundation. This will be accomplished through personal contacts and diverse communication channels as outlined in the strategic plan.

In 2021, the Foundation grew its assets under management by more than $2 million while simultaneously increasing its community grants to more than $130,000 and overall grants to more than $1.7 million.

The Foundation is leading a collaboration among the Winona-area nonprofits to build a workplace giving initiative that will allow employees to contribute to their preferred charities via payroll deduction.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WINONA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jacob Woodworth

Denise McDowell

Winona State University

Jerry Papenfuss

Community Leader

Aaron Young

Great River Shakespeare Festival

Kevin O'Reilly

Peerless Chain

Genelle Groh Beck

RTP Company

Ann Gibson

Community Leader

Angela Lallemont

Lallemont Law Office

Corey Hancock

Benchmark Electronics

Andrew Guzzo

Merchants Bank

Jolene Vaselaar

Altra Federal Credit Union

Jackie Czaplewski

WinCraft

Maurella Cunningham

La Crosse County

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.