Since 1988, the Okoboji Foundation has granted over $5.24M to 89 nonprofits in the Lakes community to be used to create and sustain vital capital projects.
The Okoboji Foundation considers projects at two giving levels. Requests of $500-$24,999 are considered “community need grants” and requests of $25,000 or more are considered “capacity building requests.” Grant applications are accepted from January 1st to March 1st each year. A committee, comprised of board members and other engaged community members, reviews the applications and makes aware decisions in late spring.
Additionally, students of the Youth In Philanthropy program of the Okoboji Foundation assist in the grant review of “community need grants,” awarding dollars they have raised throughout the school year.