Perham Area Foundation

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Since 1989, the Perham Area Foundation has been dedicated to building a community of individuals that believe in the strength of giving. Today, we continue to shape the Perham area through connecting acts of giving with our community’s needs. 

Gifts received by the Perham Area Foundation are invested for growth to make an impact long after the gift is made through grant making, scholarships, and funding of needs.  The Perham Area Foundation operates in perpetuity with gifts continuing to grow and provide benefits to our community forever.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is Perham Area Foundation?

It is a community foundation with a mission to improve the quality of life in and around the community of Perham. 

How does the Foundation work?

The Perham Area Foundation operates in cooperation with the West Central Initiative Fund under the direction of a local Advisory Board of Community Directors. The Foundation receives donations from individuals, families, businesses, and charitable organizations. These funds are invested and managed by the WCIF and are available through a grant application process to meet the charitable needs of the community. 

Who benefits from PAF?

The citizens of the Perham area. The Perham Area Foundation will assist in the funding of activities that promote cultural, educational, environmental, and economic development programs in the Perham area. 

How can I give?

There are easy ways to give. Donors can establish a fund, contribute to our unrestricted Perham Area Community Fund or take advantage of the Foundation’s wide range of planning/deferred gift opportunities. The Foundation accepts a variety of assets including:

  • cash gifts
  • stocks and securities
  • mutual funds
  • IRAs
  • life insurance
  • real estate
  • assets of other trusts of a private foundation

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Quartly Meetings

in January, April, July, October

Mailing Address

612 3rd Ave SE
Perham, MN 56573