Alexanria Area Community Foundation

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The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) has been working for more than 25 years to provide innovative ways for area residents and businesses to give back to their community. As an affiliate partner of CommunityGiving, we are able to provide a wide variety of services to our donors, their professional advisors, and area non-profit organizations as we all work together to create a lasting impact on our community.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
– Vince Lombardi

The Alexandria Area Community Foundation is able to work with you to create your own fund to support the Alexandria area, guide you to an appropriate grant to apply for and much more.


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AACF Legacy Stories

For inspiration for your own fund, look to some of our AACF donors’ Legacy Stories. Here are a few samples.

Fred & Terri Bursch

Fred & Terri Bursch Charitable Fund

Fred and Terri Bursch have roots in Alexandria dating back to 1913. Fred’s father, Pete bought the business which eventually became Bursch Travel. Fred took over the company in 1977, and it has grown from two locations to 15 offices in four states!

The Bursch family has given generously to many causes in the Alexandria area, and found it much easier to do when they partnered with Alexandria Area Community Foundation in 2011 by establishing a donor advised fund.

Rick & Sandy Paulsen

Rick & Sandy Paulsen Family Fund

For Rick and Sandy Paulsen, giving back starts close to home. The couple’s charitable giving has grown out of the connections they have made professionally and personally since moving from southern Minnesota to Alexandria in 1981.

Some of their favorite local charities have included United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties, Habitat for Humanity, Calvary Lutheran Church and more. They recently created a donor advised fund with the Alexandria Area Community Foundation to make the most of the advantages of giving appreciated securities.

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AACF by the Numbers

*Last updated June 30, 2022

Founded: 1992
Total Assets: $6.8 million
Total FUNDS: 52
Total GRANTS to Date: $7.5 Million



A.J. Koewler
AACF Executive Director

Phone: 320-257-9736

Additional Staff & Board of Directors