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.

Online Auction – Starts July 1, 2020

All proceeds from the online auction, “A Stitch In Time” will benefit the Poweshiek Housing Assistance Fund. Please click on the Quilt Auction Booklet to the right to view the 16 various beautiful quilts generously donated by Kathy Kessler.

The online auction begins July 1st and ends at 11:59 p.m. on July 31st. Click here for Online bidding instructions.

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Latest News

Coalition provides food vouchers, local resource guide

July 7, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic reached Iowa in March and emergency closures triggered unemployment, Grinnell residents began discussing how they could help fellow townspeople in need. Those discussions quickly resulted in formation [...]

July 3, 2020 Grinnell received a visit at the offices of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation on June 22, from Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg. Reynolds said she had read [...]

Nonprofit Educational Workshop Series

Click the image below to view or download the educational workshop schedule.

Partner Program Funds

The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation also serves as an umbrella organization and financial manager for other nonprofit partners and their program funds. Please click the Catalog For Giving image below to learn more about the nonprofits we serve and how you can support their program funds.

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Tour The Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park

Celebrating 20 Years