Keith Bauer, Mankato Clinic Foundation board member, presents the $25,000 grant to Jessica Blais, Educare Foundation board member. Funding supports teacher-led initiatives and programs. 

MANKATO (March 29, 2022) — The Mankato Clinic Foundation continues to partner with the Educare Foundation by awarding a $25,000 grant to support educator-led initiatives and programs in Mankato Area Public Schools in 2022.

“The Mankato Clinic Foundation strongly supports education and learning opportunities for our young people. We partner with Educare to gain insight into the needs of our students, educators and schools. Through Educare, we can positively impact children, teens and families,” said Marcia Bahr, Mankato Clinic Foundation president. “This is our third $25,000 grant to the Educare Foundation since 2019.”
The Mankato Clinic Foundation grant will help support Educare’s mission to provide funding and support to teachers for innovative learning tools, materials and student opportunities. Educare funds direct-from-teacher requests through quarterly mini-grants and larger educator initiative grants. This year, Educare has funded requests ranging from reading supplies to makerspace kits and soldering materials, with larger teacher awards to be announced soon.

“Educare is grateful for its partnership with the Mankato Clinic Foundation. Its support directly impacts our teachers and students. We look forward to putting these funds to good use in our schools,” said Jeff Grace, chairperson, Educare Foundation Board of Directors.

About Mankato Clinic Foundation

The Mankato Clinic Foundation, established in 1965, is dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of our community. In the last 10 years, the Mankato Clinic Foundation has provided more than $1.8 million in scholarships and grants to worthwhile organizations, programs and initiatives. The foundation receives the majority of its funding from Mankato Clinic physicians, along with giving by Mankato Clinic staff and the greater Mankato community. Visit

About Educare Foundation  

The Educare Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1995, has provided more than $1.2 million in financial support to Mankato Area Public Schools. Educare’s support goes beyond the normal operating budgets to fund programs and activities that enhance educational opportunities for all students, encourage teachers to explore new ways of learning and provide a vital link between the community and the classroom. Visit to see a highlight of grants funded by Educare.