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 FOUNDATION RECEIVES ART OF GROWING COMMUNITY AWARD

October 13, 2016 The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation (GPCF) bestowed its four annual awards during an Oct. 8 event and added a new award to be given as appropriate. The event raised over $12,000 for [...]

Dolly’s Garden Permaculture Makeover

October 10, 2016 Photos show the transformation of Dolly's Garden at Ahrens Park during the October 8th fun-filled landscape design class hosted by Imagine Grinnell and the Ahrens Park Foundation. Three heirloom peach trees, a large strawberry patch, and several [...]

DOLLY’S GARDEN TO ADD PERMACULTURE FEATURES

September 22, 2016 Imagine Grinnell holding October “Edible Landscape” Workshops at Dolly's Garden beginning October 1st Imagine Grinnell and The Ahrens Park Foundation will host two fun-filled landscape design classes on October 1 and October [...]

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 [...]

Celebrating 20 Years

Strategic Plan 2014-2016

Click here to download the Strategic Plan 2014-2016.