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

Once Upon A Playground

May 6, 2021 Great post from the Chandler Museum- AZ about Grinnell local Susan Ahrens Witt , CDAF Board Member and Granddaughter of the late Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens. So cool! Have you ever [...]

Partner Program Funds

The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation also serves as an umbrella organization and financial manager for many local community and county programs. Please click the image below to learn more about the local partner programs we serve and how you can support their program funds.

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Grinnell’s Mask Up marketing group has launched a new campaign to encourage continued mask wearing and help combat COVID protocol fatigue. Community members share why they still Mask Up – and encourage others to continue to Mask Up. Click on the link below for more information on the Mask Up campaign.

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Form for Service Providers

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Application/Reimbursement Form for Service Providers

Tour The Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park

Celebrating 20 Years in 2013