Annual Report 2017

The Foundation is continuing with its commitment to promote new ways to build and sustain community in keeping with our mission statement, “To nurture the unique community assets of St. Anthony Park to secure a strong and vibrant neighborhood for future generations.”

In support of that commitment we brought on five new board members this year giving us a 2/3 membership turnover in the last three years. Our board member advocates are assigned to each of our schools, as well as representing other important community partners such as Luther Seminary, HealthPartners, and The Emily Program. These new positions are in addition to the ongoing relationships we have with our other non- and for-profit organizations.

We also followed through with our 2nd annual “Spring Reveal” at Lake Monster Brewery. The turnout was robust and we were able to celebrate our 2017 grantees while providing an additional opportunity for their representatives to network with board and community members.

EDUCATION

Education is a high priority as we partner to supplement existing programming and promote innovative new approaches in areas of art, music, environmental science, leadership and tutoring.

We understand our community’s deep commitment to a whole education and maintain ongoing support for the St. Anthony Park Elementary School artists-in-residence programs that help to provide unique art experiences at every grade level. This is the 17th year of our support for the Schubert Club/Music in the Park Series to bring internationally acclaimed musicians to play and interact with the students. Environmental education also remains a priority and our Environmental Education Fund grant helps to enable annual student trips to area environmental learning centers.

Murray Middle School’s Environmental Inquiry 2 program is in its 5th year with support from our Provisional Fund. This collaboration between St. Paul Public Schools, U.S. Forestry, and Wolfridge Environmental Learning Center is designed to lift up students of color and high poverty backgrounds onto an accelerated science track as they move into high school. This year we saw a number of our “year one” E2 students move on to post-secondary educational opportunities. E2 continues to work in partnership with another Foundation-supported program - an annual trip to Wolfridge for eighty 7th & 8th graders to develop cooperation, understanding and student leadership for the school year.

This is the third year of Murray’s Class of ’65 5-year Foundation matching grant to support a partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center which integrates raptor research into core Murray academic curricula. The Foundation also gave 2017 grants for the Murray band, special education and Pilot One-on-One Tutoring Program. We followed up with another grant after a successful first year for Engage!, a student hosted parent/community dinner to promote understanding across racial and cultural boundaries.

Como High School was the focus of several grants including a 2nd year of support for a Big Brother/Big Sister partnership with Como Elementary School and a pilot reading program for special needs students. The Foundation gave a first time grant to the Jennings Community School to develop a student arts area.

ARTS

This is a community that sees art as a critical element in all lives. Our grant to the Schubert Club/Music in the Park Series supports musical performances at our Senior Home and the Family Concert Series. Following the strong response to Shakespeare in St. Anthony Park’s workshops and performances, the Foundation gave a 2nd year grant to support similar work on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Twenty or so local teenage actors came together to learn and perform two wonderful shows in the magical setting of College Park. We also granted money to the annual Art Festival for a mobile glass-blowing shop that was a big hit, showing folks of all ages how you make those beautiful glass sculptures and everyday drinking glasses.

ENVIRONMENT

We continue to support environmental education in both St. Anthony Park Elementary and Murray Middle School with grants for trips to environmental centers and Murray’s award-winning Environmental Inquiry 2 class. This year’s grants also included grants to an edible landscape project in College Park as well as landscaping around the South St. Anthony Park/Joy of the People rec Center.

COMMUNITY

This year the District 12 Community Council began it’s consideration of our district’s next Ten Year Comprehensive Plan. The Foundation supported the current plan with a grant to hire a facilitator to help coordinate the project and we have once again provided grant support for this important city-wide process to gather neighborhood perspectives on development and desires for our area.

Phase 1 of the Como Avenue resurfacing project was recently completed and the Foundation has been part of bringing city planners together with local merchants to plan for next year’s continuation of that project from Commonwealth to Eustis. This will be a very challenging project from late spring to late October but thoughtful consideration can help mitigate the disruption to a degree. The Foundation will continue to ensure that all voices are heard as this project’s timeline and staging takes greater shape.

The Foundation is mindful of our broader community and gave a first-time grant to The International Institute on Como Avenue to support work to welcome and help integrate new Americans to our area. The Institute teaches these new neighbors how to navigate everything from traffic to grocery shopping with visits to our local shops. We also gave a grant to Keystone Community Services for their Meals on Wheels program and to St. Anthony Park Area Seniors. Both of these wonderful organizations make an important difference for neighbors in our area and beyond. When it comes to community building, our local award-winning newspaper, The Bugle, is a centerpiece. With its expanding readership and reach, this year’s grant will help them to sustain their high quality of reporting. Finally, we awarded a grant to a group of neighbors interested in studying a possible replacement of the Langford Park Bandshell with a more useful facility.

We will continue to support critical non-profits, institutions, and quality of life issues. We will continue to bring neighbors together through events like the 4th of July, Art Fair, Progressive Dinner, Park B4 Dark, and Shop Home for the Holidays. We will also continue to look for ways to foster better understanding between the different racial and cultural communities here and across our city.

Officers: Lisa Sackreiter, Chair; Bryan Lindsley, Vice-chair; Ray Dietman, Treasurer; Dominick Washington, Grants chair; Andy McNattin, Marketing chair.

Board Members: Clay Ahrens, Jeff Blodgett, Dave Burke*, Julie Causey*, Brian Clark, Deb Cran, Chris Deming, Ray Dietman, Paul Hanson, Don Hedges, Anna Haubrich*, Andrea Hendel*, Jane Leonard, Bryan Lindsley*, Andy McNattin, Lisa Sackreiter, Jay Schrader, Erica Schumacher, Amy Swenson, Dominick Washington, Amy Williams and Executive Director, Jon Schumacher.

*   New 2017 Board member

 2017 Spirit of the Park Award: Rick Beeson, Sunrise Banks

 Memorial Gifts: Fred Steinhauser, Andy Boss


YTD Fund Summary as of 9/30/17

FUND

2017 Grant Totals

Current Fund Totals

Fund Purposes

Provisional

$6,000

$12,608

For ongoing programming

Operating

$0

$17,411

Staff Salary & supplies

Andy Boss

$30,102

$912,933

Undesignated endowed

Environmental Ed

$2,000

$58,139

Designated endowed

McKay Music

$2,398

$65,930

Designated endowed

TOTALS

$40,500

$1,067,021

 

*Endowed Funds provide a permanent source of granting money based on interest earned

**Our staff is a half-time Executive Director position devoted largely to programming