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Leaving It Better:

That’s the legacy that motivates us. That’s the mission that guides us.

The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation was established as a family foundation in 1993 by the late Claude W. Ahrens. Mr. Ahrens enjoyed a long, successful business career in the playground and agricultural manufacturing fields and desired to return some of the fruits of his labor, particularly to his native Grinnell, Iowa area, with specific support to his special interest in parks and recreation. Claude W. Ahrens has truly set a philanthropic example to all.

The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation continues its active commitment to improving the quality of life for our Grinnell community. We are dedicated to providing innovative charitable programs and support to local community projects and needs.

We are a unique and innovative family foundation striving to help meet the needs of the Greater Grinnell community through ongoing support services and resources by maintaining and perpetuating an endowment. Our purpose is to provide improved and enhanced quality of life for present and future generations with interest in the areas of parks & recreation, education, and health with our collaborative partners.

To enhance the quality of life for future generations in the Grinnell community and its neighboring communities.
Collaboration, Compassion, Innovation, Integrity, Respect, and Wellness.

Latest News

Ahrens Park Playgrounds Upgrade to the Biggest and Best of Miracle Recreation

May 29, 2018 On Friday, May 25, second grade students from Bailey Park and Fairview Elementary Schools initiated the latest in recreation equipment on two new playgrounds at Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park. Last fall, the Ahrens [...]


April 26, 2018 Ahrens Park is replacing equipment and surfacing in two playgrounds which had reached the end of their useful lives, and the April 20 We Are Grinnell Day came along at just the [...]


April 16, 2018 We are excited to share a sneak peek of what the two new playground areas will resemble at Ahrens Park! As long as mother nature cooperates we will start the build later [...]

Celebrating 20 Years

CDAF Strategic Plan 2017-2019

Click to download the CDAF Strategic Plan 2017-2019