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


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 [...]


May 3, 2016 The Ahrens Baseball/Softball Complex received a nice face lift thanks to some new fencing, new field material, base systems, and a fresh coat of paint on all of the press boxes and dugouts [...]


April 1, 2016 The foundation administrative offices building for the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation went through a recent makeover with the renovation of a new reception area and additional conference room space.  With [...]

24 Watertower Square apartments becoming new homes

November 23, 2015 Twelve of the 26 apartments in the Mayflower Community's new Watertower Square have welcomed residents in the past month, and nine more apartments will have residents by January. Residents of three other [...]

Celebrating 20 Years

Strategic Plan 2014-2016

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