Cookie Cart, 2019 Community Grant Recipient

Foundation Annual Report 2019

The Affinity Plus Foundation made progress in its mission to engage, empower, and educate individuals and communities.

Board Report

The Affinity Plus Foundation had a successful 2019, fully implementing our re-envisioned mission statement of “Engaging, educating and empowering individuals and communities across Minnesota.”

In 2019, the Foundation focused on engaging communities all over the state, seeking more opportunities to support our community members working toward a better future for everyone. We’re proud that the Foundation was able to award more than $150,000 in scholarships and grants to Minnesota students and changemakers in 2019.

We’re also proud of the work we’ve done to expand the Foundation’s ability to do more for Minnesotans, including hosting our most successful fundraising golf event ever, raising more than $60,000, all of which will go toward fulfilling the Foundation’s mission. We couldn’t have done it without the support of incredible vendors, partners, and those who genuinely care about the Foundation’s mission.

The Foundation’s financial health is strong, and the board continues to look toward the future for new ways to grow our impact. Part of that future will involve a transition in leadership, as outgoing-Board Chair Bill Urick hands the reins over to 2020 Board Chair Kate Austad.

Using our momentum from 2019, we look forward to expanding and growing our impact across Minnesota.

With a continued determination to support the people and organizations doing good, we believe we can affect change in creative and meaningful ways. Thank you for your ongoing support and generous contributions. We could not do this without you.

Bill Urick

Board Chair

Kate Austad
Stephan Geyen
Ann Koetz
Joel Swanson

Financial Report


Total Scholarships


Total Grants

Scholarship Programs

The Affinity Plus Foundation recognizes the value of higher education in one’s pursuit of success. And greater learning comes at a greater cost. The Foundation awarded $70,000 through its Annual Scholarship and Campus Scholarship programs in 2019.

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Veterinary school is so expensive, and leaving my first four years of college with as little debt as possible is very important. This scholarship provides the financial assistance that will help me do just that. It also gives me the validation that the hard work I did to prepare for college is paying off.

Alexis G.

Foundation Scholarship Recipient

I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and will not squander the blessings I have received. Thank you, Affinity Plus Foundation for supporting my dreams and believing in me!

Adrian T.

Foundation Scholarship Recipient

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Annual Scholarship Program

The Affinity Plus Foundation’s Annual Scholarship recognizes 8 members with a $5,000 scholarship for their leadership, character, community building, and pursuit of education.

  • Kevin L. – Moorhead
  • Joseph A. – Minneapolis
  • Arian T. – Harris
  • Hunter H. – Mankato
  • Rupesh B. – St. Cloud
  • Kyle S. – Deer River
  • Claudia C. – Centerville
  • Alexis G. – Cottage Grove

Campus Scholarship Program

The Campus Scholarship recognizes students positively impacting their campus communities while attending local universities and colleges.

  • Maria Z. – Moorhead
  • Emily B. – Minneapolis
  • Sunjin S. – Harris
  • Christabelle S.W. – Mankato
  • Rylee P. – St. Cloud
  • Samantha K. – Deer River
  • Maryn H. – Centerville
  • Chase P. – Cottage Grove
  • Elizabeth C. – Cottage Grove
  • Julissa T. – Cottage Grove

Foundation Grant Programs

The Affinity Plus Foundation supports the positive work of educators, community groups and nonprofits through its grant programs. In 2019, the Foundation distributed $85,000 in grant funding to individuals and organizations.

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The Yes Network, 2019 Community Grant Recipient

Community Grant Program

The Community Grant Program supports organizations and activities that have a positive impact on Minnesota communities.

2019 Community Grant Recipients

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud

Cookie Cart

The Eagan Foundation

Exodus Lending

Genesys Works Twin Cities

Hearts & Hammers

Isanti County Triad & Minnesota Triad

The Link

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers

The Open Door

Prepare & Prosper

The Yes Network

Cultivator Grant Program

In recognition of teachers and the tremendous responsibility they have to current and future generations, the Affinity Plus Foundation provides Cultivator Grants to support unique educational programming focused on making a positive impact on Minnesota communities.

2019 Cultivator Grant Recipients

Chisholm High School, Chisholm

Gene Dillon Elementary, Bemidji

Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids

Harvest Prep, Minneapolis

Hastings High School, Hastings

Little Falls Community High School, Little Falls

McKinley Area Learning Center, St. Cloud

North Star Academy, Duluth

Richmond Elementary, Richmond

Sauk Rapids Rice Public Schools

Thank you to our 2019 Top Supporters!

Jugaad Leadership Program, 2018 Community Grant Winner

Contribute Today

Donations can be made at any time to support the Affinity Plus Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs. Your support means the world to students, educators and community organizations making a difference in Minnesota.

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About the Affinity Plus Foundation

The Affinity Plus Foundation is a 501(c)(3) established in 2000 by Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union. The Foundation's mission is to engage, educate and empower individuals and communities.

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