Honoring Extraordinary Commitment to Improving Life in Winona

The Winona Community Foundation is seeking nominations now through May 15, 2020 for their annual Founders Award which recognizes individuals who:

• have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving life in the Winona area community through the use of their time, talent and treasure;
• have recognized unmet needs and untapped opportunities to better our community;
• have collaborated with others to create a vision of what could be, then motivated others within the community to take action towards pursuit of that vision;
• serve as role models for others related to charitable activities & community projects;
• advance philanthropic activities in the Winona area community.

Individuals selected to receive the award will have the opportunity to grant the funds to the charity of their choice. Nominations are accepted through May 15, 2020 from Winona area community members, with the recipient of the award selected by the Winona Community Foundation Board of Directors. The individual will be honored at the October 6, 2020 Founders Event.

The office is closed to visitors but staff are working remotely and can be reached by email.


The Founders Fund was created in 2003 to honor all of the individuals who planted the seed for the start of the Winona Community Foundation in the 1980s. This endowed fund awards dollars to local non-profit chosen in the name of an individual or organization that clearly touched community life for all time. Past recipients of this award include:

• Louis De Thomasis, Saint Mary’s University, Past President – 2004
• Dr. Darrell Krueger, Winona State University, Past President – 2004
• Ms. Gloria Ames, Community Volunteer – 2005
• Tim Burchill, Past Development Program Director at Saint Mary’s University of MN – 2007
• Sue Cornwell, Community Leader & First President of WCF – 2008
• The Winona HIMS – 2010
• Patte Peterson, Past Board Member of the Winona Community Foundation – 2012