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Okoboji Foundation

Our Story

People have been coming to visit the Iowa Great Lakes area for over 100 years. It’s beautiful, it’s fun and it’s memorable. Families who live and work here and families who come in the summer enjoy this special atmosphere and the memories that take us back, sometimes for generations.

The Okoboji Foundation is dedicated to that history and to that future. Our friends and donors share that vision and know it’s important. Through your generosity we have worked for many years to preserve what is wonderful about the Lakes and help ensure its future. The parks, the trails, the water quality, the recreational life here are just part of what we have supported. The Okoboji Foundation has placed itself at the center point of giving in the area.

Mission Statement

To be the center point of community giving, providing leadership and building beneficial partnerships to make a lasting, positive impact in the Iowa Great Lakes area.

Meet Our Team


Mindy Gress, CFRE, President


Alison Schmitz, Executive Assistant

Board of Directors

Pat O’Brien, President

Terri Jackson, Vice President

Ryan Johnson, Treasurer 

Michele Goodenow, Secretary


Dr. Walter Carlson, Dan Carson

Joan Gronstal, Pat Lloyd

Amy Maris, Kelcey Morrison

Mark Peterson, Chris Quance

Kathryn Schuster, Kory Smith