Mankato Clinic Foundation: Giving | Growing | Thriving | Together

Our mission is to encourage and support the health and well-being of our community through health initiatives that promote and improve community wellness.

Giving back to the community is part of the fabric that makes Mankato Clinic what it is.

A small, dedicated group of physicians started the Mankato Clinic Foundation in 1965, making it one of the oldest foundations in Minnesota. Since that time, the Foundation has expanded its reach by supporting health-related initiatives and programs that address the social determinants of health.

The foundation receives the majority of its funding from Mankato Clinic physicians, along with giving by Mankato Clinic staff and the greater Mankato community.

Building a Thriving Community:

  • Community grant program—provides funds to local non-profit organizations with programs focused on health and wellness.
  • ImPACT®—a concussion management program provided to school and community athletic programs to safely determine when athletes can return to play.
  • First Steps—a community initiative that links new or expecting parents to free or low-cost services and resources. Click here for more information.
  • Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota—Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts Climber
  • Scholarships—offered to greater Mankato students entering health care programs.
J. Scott Sanders MD Memorial Scholarship

First Steps Fund

Give to the First Steps Fund honoring Dr. Mark Taylor

To honor Dr. Mark Taylor, you may donate to the First Steps Fund. First Steps is a community collaboration that promotes healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. You may send a check to the Mankato Clinic Foundation, 1400 Madison Avenue, Suite 324B, Mankato, MN 56001. Write Dr. Taylor on the memo line. Or call the Foundation at 507-389-8716.

Community Grants

Mankato Clinic Foundation Grant Application

If you are an area non-profit organization in need of funding for a program or initiative that promotes health and wellness in our communities, please use the button above. We have partnered with the Mankato Area Foundation for grant applications. If you already have an account, you may log in. Others will need to create an account.

Questions: Contact Marie Wood at or 507-389-8716.

Due DateDisbursement
March 1Mid-April
June 1Mid-July
September 1Mid-October
December 1Mid-January

Ways to Give

If you would like to help build a healthier tomorrow for our greater Mankato communities, you can give to the Mankato Clinic Foundation in a variety of ways:

  • Annual Mankato Clinic Foundation Golf Tournament
  • checks and memorials
  • property, securities, and other appreciated assets
  • bequests or testamentary trusts
  • charitable gift annuities with a return for the remainder of the donor’s life
  • unitrusts, charitable remainder trusts
  • life insurance designations

Donations can be mailed to: 

Mankato Clinic Foundation
ATTN: Marcia Bahr
1400 Madison Avenue, Suite 324B
Mankato, MN 56001

To learn more, call the Foundation office at 507-389-8770.

In the last 10 years, Mankato Clinic Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants.

Funding went to the following organizations in 2022:

  • Aging Services for Communities
  • Boy Scouts of America Twin Valley Council
  • Bridges Community School
  • Camp Sweet Life Adventures
  • City of Saint Peter
  • Educare Foundation
  • Feeding Our Communities Partner
  • Friends of Learning
  • Good Counsel Learning Center 
  • Greater Mankato Area United Way
  • Helping Paws of Minnesota
  • House of Hope
  • Junior Achievement of Greater Mankato
  • Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Schools 
  • Life-Work Planning Center
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
  • Mankato Area Foundation
  • Mankato Youth (MY) Place
  • MNSU Foundation
  • Miracle League of North Mankato
  • MN Brain Injury Force
  • MRCI Worksource
  • New Foundations St. Peter: Project Let’s G.O.
  • St. Peter North Elementary
  • South Central Minnesota Food Recovery
  • VINE Faith in Action
  • WellShare International 
  • YWCA Mankato

Mankato Clinic Foundation is Also A Long-Term Supporter of:

  • Greater Mankato Area United Way – First Steps program
  • Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund
  • ImPACT – Concussion management program
  • Mankato North Mankato Youth Football – Helmets
  • South Central College Foundation: Scholarships for students entering health care