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

  • 2015 "Leave It Better Than You Found It" Award Grinnell Area Arts Council

2015 “LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” AWARD TO GRINNELL AREA ARTS COUNCIL

August 27, 2015

The Grinnell Area Arts Council (GAAC) is the 2015 recipient of the “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF).

The arts council oversees programming […]

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“LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” Nominations Open

July 1, 2015

Nominations are open for the 2015 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” awards from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation. All Grinnell area nonprofit, social, civic, fraternal, and community groups making […]

Grinnell’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading Benefits from Funding Infusion

June 30, 2015

Grinnell College receives AmeriCorps National Service Grant to hire 14 AmeriCorps members and the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation donates 10K to propel the cause

Through a grant from the Iowa Commission on […]

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GPCF honors Marshall with monthly award

June 3, 2015

The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF), founded by the late Tom Marshall, honored his legacy with a Pie in the Sky event at the foundation’s office on June 2, Marshall’s birthday. The event […]

Celebrating 20 Years

Strategic Plan 2014-2016

Click here to download the Strategic Plan 2014-2016.