2015 Fall Audubon County Community Endowment Grants Announced

posted 11/11/2015 in News

$41,170 Granted to Audubon County Nonprofit Agencies

Brett Irlmeier, Chair of the Audubon County Community Foundation, is pleased to announce that $41,170 in grants was awarded to Audubon County nonprofit agencies.  With these grants, the Audubon County Community Foundation has distributed over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships over the last 15 years.

The following nonprofit organizations, which submitted applications to the Audubon County Community Foundation by the September 1st deadline, were awarded grants by the Audubon County Board of Directors:




Audubon Country Players Community Theater

Truss system to mount lighting for dinner theater productions in Agri Hall


Audubon County Agricultural Society

Add a concession stand and restrooms near Livestock Pavilion


Audubon Recreation Foundation

Construction of recreation center in Audubon


Exira Community Club

Phase 2 of Exira Rec Center renovations


Exira Park Committee

Renovate brick path in Memorial Flood Park


Of this amount approximately $2,500 from the Leon and Iva Milliman Endowed Fund went to the Exira Community Club; $2,900 from the Charles T. and Kathleen K. Manatt Endowed Fund, $690 from the Audubon State Bank/Stephen Garst Endowed Fund; $1,200 from the Audubon Masonic Association Endowed Fund; and $490 from the Merle and Norma Petersen Endowed Fund went to the Audubon Recreation Foundation; and $490 from the Fred and Evelyn Nissen Endowed Fund went to the Exira Park Committee project.

All grantees met the criteria as Audubon County nonprofit agencies or organizations with charitable missions in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services.  Only organizations providing services in Audubon County were eligible.

Audubon County agency representatives received their checks on November 10th.  During brief check distribution activities Irlmeier commended the nonprofit agencies for their individual efforts to provide a better quality of life for the residents of Audubon County.

The Audubon County Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create permanent funds that address the changing, vital community needs and interests.  Donating to a permanently endowed fund helps your neighbors today AND you help build a stronger community tomorrow.   Not only that, you’ll be eligible to receive a 25% Endow Iowa Tax Credit for each donation, in addition to any Federal tax benefits for which you may qualify.

The Audubon County Community Foundation invests and administers these funds and distributes grants to deserving, qualified nonprofit organizations.  “This has grown from an annual event to twice a year, with one grant cycle in the spring and another in the fall,” said Irlmeier. 

Board members of the Audubon County Community Foundation are:  Chair, Brett Irlmeier of Audubon; Vice Chair, Jonnie Meislahn of Audubon; Secretary/Treasurer, Barbara Johnson of Audubon; Genelle Deist of Audubon; Jay Nelson of rural Brayton; Daryl Olsen, DVM, of Audubon; and Joseph T. Rasmussen of Exira.

For information about donating or establishing an individual foundation/fund, please contact any of the Board Members, or call Dennis Nissen, Iowa Foundations Director, at 800-794-3458.

Nonprofit representatives receiving grant awards: 1st row from left to right:  Genelle Deist, Audubon County Community Foundation board member; Greg Jensen, Audubon County Agricultural Society; Troy Wessel, Doug Olsen, Jenny Smith, Steve Schmitz, Jane Schmitz, and Andy Griffith of the Audubon Recreation Foundation; Julie McVay and Pat Mullenger of the Audubon Country Players; Darrell & Viola Kilworth (Exira Park Committee); and Abby Rasmussen, Exira Community Club.