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 in the 2018-2019 Year
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.
September 2018 - No grants made.
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.
November 2018 - No grants awarded.
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.