Arden Hills Foundation
General or undesignated donations and gifts allow the Foundation to use its discretion to identify where and when the funds will provide the greatest community-wide benefit, often in response to a critical community need or a new opportunity.
Designated donations and gifts allow the donor to specify how their gift will be used. Examples of possible designated gifts are:
· Park, trail, and playground amenities, such as benches, playground equipment, and sport equipment or supplies, picnic amenities.
· Landscaping, such as trees, shrubs, and flowers for City property.
· Lake water quality improvements efforts.
· Scholarships for recreation program fees (Angel Fund).
The Foundation is committed to serving the community of Arden Hills now and in the future by:
· Providing a way for individuals and organizations to make tax-deductible donations to help fulfill the needs and desires of the community.
· Assuring donors that their gifts will have the greatest community-wide benefit, while remaining true to their wishes.
· Matching community needs and desires with donation opportunities.
· Aggregating smaller donations to fund larger projects.
The Arden Hills Foundation supports efforts to maintain, enhance, and enrich the quality of life in Arden Hills, Minnesota, by connecting the generosity of people with the evolving needs of the community.
The Arden Hills Foundation was created to provide an opportunity to connect generous donors with community needs and desires. It was founded nine years ago, in October 2012, as an incorporated 501(c)(3) charity. It is run solely by community volunteers.
Although it bears the city’s name, it is not part of city government. It has its own Board of Directors and its own finances. No money comes from the city. Quite the opposite, the Arden Hills Foundation has made several donations to the city for the purchase of items that were not in the city budget. It has made donations to other organizations as well. All donations to the Arden Hills Foundation come from local residents, businesses, and organizations. Because this is an entirely volunteer run organization, overhead expenses can be kept to a minimum.
The Arden Hills Foundation’s mission is to use donated money to help maintain, enhance, and enrich the quality of life for those who live, work, and play in Arden Hills by:
· Identifying opportunities to aid our community
· Providing tax deductibility
· Aggregating smaller donations to fund larger-ticket items
· Accepting and tracking donations given for designated purposes
· Satisfying the requirements of donors whose gifts must be given to charitable organizations
· Making wise use of donated funds.
The Arden Hills Foundation does not directly purchase items or run programs; it is a source of funding for those who do these things.
New style neighborhood watch signs have been installed. Eight replacements and six new signs for spots that did not have signs.
Common Sources for Donations
· Life insurance policies
· Securities and property
We accept both Designated and General (undesignated) donations.
Please use the Contact Form below and drop us a note if you wish to make a donation.
Q: Can I donate to the Arden Hills Foundation through the United Way?
A: The Arden Hills Foundation does not directly provide services so we cannot be included on the United Way's selection list. However, you can still donate to us through the United Way by including our name and our EIN number (46-1557589) on your donation form.
Q: Is the Arden Hills Foundation part of the city?
A: No. They are separate legal entities, each with their own governing boards.
The City of Arden Hills is lead by the City Council and supported by city staff.
The Arden Hills Foundation is lead by its Board of Directors, all of which are volunteers. The Arden Hills Foundation has no paid staff. The Arden Hills Foundation is incorporated in Minnesota and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity.
Q: Is my donation tax deductible?
A: Yes. The IRS recognizes the Arden Hills Foundation as a charitable organization.
Q: How much does the Arden Hills Foundation spend on staff and expenses? How much is used to help the community?
A: Since the Arden Hills Foundation has no paid staff or paid office space, its expenses are minimal—mail and communications expenses, mostly. Expenses are running at less than 1% of donations.
Q: Where do donations go?
A: Many donations to the Arden Hills Foundation are given specifically for certain projects or programs. These are called “designated gifts” and are used accordingly.
For example, money donated to the Arden Hills Foundation for park benches or basketball hoops in city parks is given to the City of Arden Hills. The city then purchases, installs, maintains the equipment.
Other donations do not involve the city staff. Donations to improve the water quality in Karth Lake are used to pay invoices from the vendors providing the service—the company providing the fish for stocking the lake, the company clearing the ice, or the company clearing debris from the lake.
The Arden Hills Foundation Board of Directors determines how to best use general donations. To date they have been used things such as scholarships for residents who wish to participate in Park and Recreation programs but are unable to afford to and to support an after school snack program for elementary school students. General donations have also been used to purchase additional park benches, to add grill equipment to Cummings and Perry parks, and to replace/add neighborhood watch signs within the city.
Q: I have an idea for a project—what do I do next?
A: You can use the “Contact Us” place on this web site to send the AHF Board of Directors information about your idea. We like to receive ideas from residents. One of us will get back to you about the next step (which will vary depending on who the stakeholders will be).