Date: May 29th, 2018

Inaugural Grants Awarded from Mineral Point Community Endowment

MPCF board member Nancy Schmit, center, presents a grant in support of the Restoration of the Governor Dodge Lodge at Water Tower Park to Kiwanis President Joelle Doye (left) and Kiwanis 50-year member Merle Freymiller.

Some may remember the early conversations – in January of 2016 – about the development of an endowment that would generate monies FOR GOOD, FOR EVER, FOR MINERAL POINT. Much has happened since the successful establishment of the Mineral Point Community Endowment fund in June of that year. In fact, through the generous contributions of many in our community, the endowment currently exceeds $150,000 (3 times the required initial amount of $50,000). The endowed monies ARE NOT EXPENDED. Rather, earnings on the endowment are made available to DO GOOD through grants to benefit the community.

Earlier this month the MPCF advisory board reviewed 8 grant requests from very well developed and written grant applications. Two awards were approved – a grant to Shake Rag Alley for the Sardeson Building Renovation Project and a grant to the Mineral Point Kiwanis for the Restoration of the Governor Dodge Lodge at Water Tower Park.

Kristin Mitchell, board chair, noted, “There are incredible organizations in our community with great people whose ideas and energy enhance life for all of us. We are extremely proud to make these grants and very appreciated of the many donors that have helped us to establish and build the MPCF endowment.

Mike Wagner, MPCF board member (right), presents a grant in support of the Sardeson Building Renovation Project to Mike Christensen, president of the board of Shake Rag Alley.

We’re looking forward to 2019 with the goal of making additional grants.”

The Mineral Point Community Endowment Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For additional information, contact Kristin Mitchell, board chair (608-987-3370 or [email protected]) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). Donations may be made online at or by mail to MP Community Endowment Fund, PO Box 24, Mineral Point WI 53565.