Who is the Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation and what do we do?
The Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation (MRPF) was established in 1973 and incorporated as a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in 1974. MRPF is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Minnesota communities by supporting recreation and parks through educational and networking opportunities, programming grants, student and continuing education scholarships, and support of the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association.
MRPF’s primary objective is to support the education, innovation and training for all members in the recreation profession. The affairs of MRPF are governed by a Board of Trustees which meets on a bi-monthly basis to direct the activities of the organization. The MRPF Board of Trustees and Officers are Lisa Abernathy,(Secretary) Marcia Bach, Dr. Brooke Burk, Jennifer Fink, Nicole Gorman (Treasurer), Jason Hicks, Mary Jo Knudson, Michelle Margo (Vice President), Michael Ramirez, Nate Rosa, and John Stutzman (President).
If there are areas of the recreation profession you would like to see the Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation become more involved with, events you would like to have us offer membership, or you would like more information about the MRPF please feel free to contact any of the Officers or Board members.
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National Professional Development Grant – Now Accepting Applications!
MRPF strongly believes significant benefits are gained when recreation professionals attend national training opportunities. For this reason, we are excited to offer this annual grant which is intended to inspire and expand the participation of Minnesota recreation professionals who would not otherwise have the opportunity to develop their leadership and experience the benefits and professional growth which is connected to attending a national conference or seminar. This grant will be in the amount of $2,000 and is to be used for conference registration, travel arrangements or lodging. Congratulations to the 2017 recipient Joe Amundson!
Annual Membership Contribution:
Become a member of MRPF with a tax deductible Annual Membership Contribution and become eligible for our great programs and benefits available to members. Membership contributions provide financial assistance to help us achieve our primary objective and support the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association and all individuals passionate about parks and recreation. Annual membership contribution rates:
Join MRPF or renew your membership now through the MRPA Annual General Meeting, with a tax deductible contribution, and you will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to the 2017 MRPA Annual Conference at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd.
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MRPF is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Minnesota communities by supporting recreation and parks through educational and networking opportunities, programming grants, student and continuing education scholarships, and support of the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association.
Student Scholarship Programs:
The MRPF Student Scholarship Program is made possible through the Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation scholarship partner program. The MRPF scholarship program has been created to promote and enable excellence in the field of park and recreation by providing financial assistance to juniors, seniors and graduate students who are majoring in a Minnesota four-year curriculum with a park and recreation emphasis, or are permanent residents of Minnesota and attending school in a neighboring state majoring in the same degree. The scholarship program includes up to five $1,000 scholarships with up to one designated for graduate students and the remainder for undergraduates. These scholarships are not intended for professionals and recipients may only receive this scholarship once.
Completed scholarship applications must be submitted by Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:59pm
Candidate interviews will be scheduled in November or December 2017 – exact date and location TBD
Click the following link for application
If you have questions, email Brooke Burk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Scholarship Program:
The MRPF Professional Scholarship Program is made possible through the Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation scholarship partner program. The MRPF scholarship program has been created to promote and enable excellence in the field of park and recreation by providing financial assistance MRPF members that are pursuing a graduate degree. Applicants must also display excellence in their abilities, leadership qualities, job experience and commitment to the park and recreation field. The scholarship program includes a $1,000 scholarship for a park and recreation professional.
• Eligible recipients must be an MRPF Member
• Eligible recipients must work full time in the parks and recreation field and be enrolled or planning to enroll in a graduate degree program.
• Eligible recipients must be enrolled in a program with a parks and recreation emphasis. Programs can include, but are not limited to:
o Therapeutic Recreation, Recreation and Tourism, Leisure Planning and Management Recreation Park and Leisure Studies, Recreation Resource Management, Sports Management, Public Administration
• Completed scholarship applications must be postmarked or received by Monday, November 13, 2017
• Candidate interviews will be scheduled the week of November 20, 2017
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New Initiative Grants:
Each year MRPF awards financial support up to $4,000 to member’s organizations who are working to develop new and innovative programs. These grants are intended to spur innovation in the parks and recreation field starting at the local, regional and state level which might ultimately impact the future of recreation services throughout the state of Minnesota.
MRPA and MRPF Professionals! Be sure and take advantage of the MRPF New Initiative Grant opportunity for any new programs you may be looking at trying in 2018. The MRPF New Initiative Grant is intended to spur innovation in parks and recreation services at a local, regional or state-wide level that could ultimately have a state-wide impact! The timeline has been adjusted this year so that programmers have a chance to utilize this opportunity for funding during their planning time frame! For more information or questions contact Lisa Abernathy at 952-924-2539 or email@example.com
Congratulations to the following grant recipients for 2016:
– City of Inver Grove Heights – $2,000 for Rec and Roll Program
– City of Bloomington & City of Richfield – $700 for Spikeball Program
For any questions, please contact Lisa Abernathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
One Time Financial Contributions/Memorials:
In addition to an Annual Membership Contribution, One Time Financial Contributions of any amount may be made to MRPF. One time contributions can be made directly to MRPF or by designating Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation on your United Way, Give to the Max Day, or coordinated giving campaign at work.
Lifetime memberships to the Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation are available with a contribution of $1,000. Lifetime membership contributors are eligible for the great programs and benefits available to annual members.
Memorials are a wonderful way to remember a loved one and MRPF will work with you to honor someone special through a memorial contribution. You may designate a specific Foundation program to support through the memorial or make a general contribution to MRPF. To make a memorial contribution or for more information regarding donations/memorials contact Nate Rosa at email@example.com
Annual General Meeting:
The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held January 9, 2018, 9:30 – 10:15 am at the Chaska Community Center for our annual review of MRPF’s activities for the year and our planned strategies and events for the upcoming year. The 2017 MRPF Student Scholarships recipients will be honored following the meeting.
Supporting Continuing Education:
MRPF offers financial assistance to professionals who desire an opportunity to attend National and State conferences, workshops, or institutes to enhance their professional development. We are also proud to provide sponsorship of speakers at MRPA Conferences and seminars as well as financial support to Minnesota Recreation and Park Association.