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 Grinnell and its neighboring communities through ongoing support 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

2016 “LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” AWARD TO GRINNELL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP

August 18, 2016 The Grinnell Education Partnership, a collaboration of area institutions, employers and individuals committed to educational success, is the 2016 recipient of the “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the [...]

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 2016 “LEAVE IT BETTER” AWARD

June 20, 2016 Nominations are open for the 2016 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation. All Grinnell area nonprofit, social, civic, fraternal, and community groups [...]

CSS REACHES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE OTHERS

June 1, 2016 The Community Support Services (CSS) program of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) has reached its 10-year anniversary, and according to CDAF President and CEO Julie Gosselink, the program has [...]

NEW LOGO CELEBRATES COLLABORATIONS AND GROWTH

May 19, 2016 A new logo for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF) has recently been unveiled.  "The staff and board felt it was time to update the foundation's logo and celebrate the collaborations and growth [...]

Celebrating 20 Years

Strategic Plan 2014-2016

Click here to download the Strategic Plan 2014-2016.