Background Information:  The Richfield Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of the Richfield Rotary Club.  Foundation assets include funds raised at our annual Wine and Chocolate Tasting and Silent Auction.  Listed below are grants approved for funding in 2012. Richfield Rotary Foundation has donated over $15,000.00 to community and international programs this Rotary year.

Requesting Organization

Proposal Purpose / Key Activities   



2012 Funding

Richfield Historical


Jodi Larson


Support of the Richfield Historical Society.



Community Involvement Programs

Cassy Davis

Employing recent high school graduates living with disabilities.  CIP works with over one dozen individuals from Richfield. Employment representatives work closely with the individuals and local businesses to find matches and supports that are necessary for employment success.




Jaque Farrell

MIRA Board Chair

Latino Resource center assisting and empowering Latino families, children and individuals by promoting their educational, economic and social development. ESL Education, Teaching Technology (Computer Education), and Pre-school/Day care programs provided at no cost to participants.



Opportunity Partners

Sue Hayes

VP Advancement

Provides Youth Transition Services for young people with disabilities. Working to empower people with disabilities to live, learn and work as independently as possible.



Richfield Symphonic Band

David Butler



Richfield Symphonic Band recently had a xylophone and drum trap stolen and the band is seeking funds to replace these instruments. Replacement cost will exceed $1000.00



Headway Emotional Health Services

Patrick Dale

Headway offers a variety of services to individual, group, couples and families focused on improving their emotional health and life functioning. Funds will be utilized to provide 35 backpacks to Richfield children who are involved in specific Headway services.



AVID Program


Kristin Huber

Advancement via Individual Determination.  Including about 100 10th grade students, the mission of the AVID program is to close the achievement gap by preparing students for college readiness and success in a global society. Study materials for PLAN (pre-ACT test)  ACT, SAT, PSAT tests




Richfield Ambassador Program

Melissa Barns


Sponsor two candidates (one 12-22 year old and one k-2nd grader) in the Richfield Ambassador Candidate Program.





Fill a Mind & Heart

Sally Parks

Fill a Mind & Heart is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the most basic needs of children in Ethiopia through education, medical supplies, food and milk for children at four schools.  100% of all donations are directed to serving the needs of children




Patty Schulz

Advancement Director

Provides services for the Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, and South Minneapolis in the form of food, transportation, support for children and housing stability for low income individuals/families. VEAP serves families and individuals living at 200% of the poverty line. Served an average of 6500 individuals per month through the food pantry.



Southdale YMCA

Sara Johnson

Greg Hanks

Executive Director

Funding to provide scholarships for Richfield Middle School Youth so that they may participate in summer programs at the YMCA.  Southdale YMCA provides Youth Development programs to middle school youth in Richfield during the school year and desires the opportunity to provide positive, safe and structured summer activities for Richfield youth. Funds would serve 20-25 Richfield youth.



Richfield 4th of July Committee

Melissa Barnes

Richfield Hometown Fourth of July Celebration is a five day community event organized and executed solely by volunteers.  Requesting funding in support of the Richfield Street Dance by sponsoring the Street Dance band.




Stephen Steng

Foundation Grants Coordinator

Support of the Fraser School that serves preschool children with special needs along with children of typical needs together in the same classrooms.



Richfield Police and Fire Safety Day

Jill Mecklenburg

Crime Prevention Specialist

Safety Day supports 60 children entering 4th grade. Participants learn fire, bike, electrical and personal safety, basic first aid, emergency preparedness and bullying prevention.  Mentored by police officers and fire fighters.



India Matching Grant

Sandhya Gupta


Baal Ashram orphanage in Palampur. Residential school for special needs children. Funds to support the purchase of a bus to transport children and supplies for the hostels.



Rotary President Discretionary Fund

Funds used at the discretion of the Club President to fund programs or projects throughout the year benefitting either community or international causes.  Funds do not need to be approved by the board.



Total Funds Requested 2012