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kids on new playground
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New playground ribbon cutting
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lend a hand program community meal helpers
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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

Power Up, Financial Fitness for Women

January 8, 2019 Beginning January 25th, S.H.E. Counts will launch a quarterly financial educational workshop series for women, titled Power Up, Financial Fitness for Women. Each session will focus on providing financial skills and management [...]

New Fund Created with the Ahrens Foundation

Pictured above: Nate and Karie Smith, Linda and Skip Lowe January 3, 2019 Area families may benefit from a new fund established by Grinnell residents Skip and Linda Lowe and Nate and Karie Smith [...]


Where: Peace Tree Brewing Company When: Thursday, December 13th, 5:30-9 PM What: A holiday party and fundraiser for Imagine GrinnellFor more info: Imagine Grinnell will host a holiday mixer at the Grinnell Peace Tree [...]

Celebrating 20 Years

Nonprofit Educational Workshop Series

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

CSS Educational Series Dates Flyer

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.

Click the image to view or download the Catalog For Giving

CDAF Strategic Plan 2017-2019

Click to download the CDAF Strategic Plan 2017-2019