The Brainerd Rotary Foundation
The Brainerd Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
We rely on your private donations and the success of our annual fundraisers to fund charitable programs in our area and around the globe. Our annual fundraisers include:
٠King's or Queen's Feast
٠Peach Sales (International Projects)
All proceeds benefit the charitable work of partner organizations.
The primary mission of the foundation shall be to further the development and/or addition of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs of demonstrable value and to provide an enriching and quality experience for students in grades Pre-K through 12 located in the Brainerd Lakes area. The Board of Directors, at its discretion, may participate in other local, national, and international projects of a charitable or educational nature.
We look to fund:
٠Projects that are "Uniquely Rotary".
٠Projects with active member involvement and support.
٠Projects that are meaningfully impacted by our grants and that might not otherwise be able to continue without our support.
٠Projects that, in the spirit of Rotary International, address the critical “social needs” of our community
Summary of Grants
District 5580 World Community Service Matching Grant – $1750 - for a meat producing/egg laying operation in Haiti. Approved by the international committee - used funds from Peach Sales.
Rotary Riverside Park - $2,000.
Junior Achievement – $1500 to Junior Achievement for general operations. Annual grant – reaches about 5,000 students. JA provides volunteer- delivered curriculum to kids K-12 which covers topics such as financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness.
Forestview STEM Afterschool program – $750. High Altitude Balloon class. Expanding program and launching 3 SkyTrackers this year. The balloon and tracker are designed to make multiple trips around the globe at 40,000 feet. All students at FMS participate in some way in addition to the students in the class.
Imagination Library –$1500 – supplies books monthly for newborn to 5 years old. 2,085 children registered, 1280 live in the Brainerd School District. This is a uniquely Rotary project – connection to Rotary International Foundation.
Advocates for Reproductive Education (WeARE) –$500 to host the Illusion Theatre production (from Minneapolis) of “Keeping It Real” which is a play targeted at 7-9th graders that aims to prepare younger students for the transition to high school and gives students the opportunity to practice skills to deal with bullying, cliques, and peer pressure around drug and alcohol use.
City of Brainerd Parks and Rec Easter Hunt –$600 to pay for candy – uniquely Rotary project.
Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project - $1250 for general program operation. LARJP provides a forum for juvenile wrongdoers and their families, those victimized by harm, and their supporters to meet in a safe and respectful environment to discuss the incident and to decide on how to repair the harm done. Offenders often need to do many hours of community service and write apology letters to all those involved.
Indigenous Health Center’s Initiative (First ever Global Grant for our District from RI) focused on prenatal care - $1,865.86 - the remaining dollars in peach sales – approved by international committee.
Lakes Area Music Festival – Music Mentors Program - $1500. Brings musicians from around the world into the classrooms to demonstrate, teach and mentor students along with exposing them to the world of classical music. 2,500 students benefit each year.
Bridges of Hope Self-Healing Communities Project - $2500. Six part parent education series to launch at Garfield Elementary. 2 meetings a month. 1 for learning, 1 for reflection and discussion. Partnering with YMCA to cover childcare. Project created with the evidence-based Adverse Childhood Experiences model in Self-Healing Communities.
$500 to the Brainerd Ski Loons
The Mission of the Ski Loons is to provide opportunities for personal development, teamwork, and community involvement through water sports. Our goals are to teach new members about the disciplines of show skiing while building character, confidence, and self-esteem. The program has about 35 youth participants.
Salvation Army Back to School grant for $1,000
The Salvation Army Back to School program serves more than 500 low-income families in Crow Wing County by providing educational supplies at the start of the school year.
St. Francis School Robotics for $250
The Robotics Club is an after-school program at St. Francis School. The students in the the club are participating in VEX IQ Robotics. The students work in teams of 3-4 and build robots, keep an engineering notebook and compete at tournaments.
Mark Munson Rock Music Camp: $690 for three scholarships for summer camp.
The Mark Munson Rock Music Camp bings students in grades 5-12 together with some of the best area musicians for 6 days of learning how to perform in a rock band setting. The camp culminates with a final performance with each band performing on-stage in the Tornstrom Auditorium with professional lighting and sound.
Community Garden (FFA) - $425. The Community Gardens started with the FFA and they continue to manage it today. Funds were provided to purchase protective fencing around the community gardens that the FFA manages.
Camp Journey Reconnect - $1200. Camp Journey Reconnect is a one day, 10am-7pm Saturday event facilitated at Confidence Learning Center that opens up the opportunity for families whose children have attended Camp Journey to return to camp and reconnect via a variety of educational, memorial, family building and collaborative activities. Camp Journey is a camp for youth who have experienced loss of a loved one. Families whose children have attended Camp Journey in the past 3-5 years are eligible to attend Camp Journey Reconnect.
August 2019 - No grants awarded (no meeting).
September 2019 – No grants awarded.
Junior Achievement – $2,000. Junior Achievement’s grant request is for $2,000 to cover expenses for the programs directly related to Brainerd High School.
Imagination Library - $1,500. Imagination Library is a uniquely Rotary project and is budgeted at $1,500 this year.
Lakes Area Music Festival – Music Mentors - $1,500. LAMF’s Music Mentors program brings professional LAMF musicians from around the world into the classrooms of the Lakes Area schools, exposing children in grades K-12 to classical music and the impact it can have for their future. This program is free to all students and has an annual budget of $10,000.00. Over 2,500 students benefit from this program each year.
Easter Egg Hunt - $600
January 2020 – No grants awarded
February 2020 – No grants awarded
Immediate COVID relief: $1,000 to each of the following organizations. 1) YMCA, 2) Salvation Army, 3) Port Group Homes, 4) Bridges of Hope for Operation Sandwich.
COVID relief: $2,000 to The Outreach Program, $1,500 to Operation Sandwich/Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen, $1,000 to Women’s Center/Alex & Brandon Child Safety Center, and $1,500 to Salvation Army.
Boy Scouts - $500 (COVID relief)
Crisis Line: $2,000
Camp Invention: $1,000
Uniquely Rotary programs/projects budget
Youth Exchange - $2,000
Camp Journey - $2,350 (previous year – 2019)
BHS Interact Club - $500
Easter Egg Hunt - $600
Camp RYLA - na
Imagination Library - $1,500
Strive - (separate funds)
Rotary Park – (separate funds)
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