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Awards in Philanthropy

This award recognizes the efforts of an individual, couple, or family who have significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy in the region—either through their personal philanthropy, their work as a volunteer, or through their work as a professional in advising their clients about philanthropy.

The Award in Philanthropy was created in an effort to honor those who work to build a better community and inspire the next generation of philanthropic leaders.


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2022 AWARD IN PHILANTHROPY RECIPIENT

Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union




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2022 Global Humanitarian Award Recipient

Dr. Paul Severson





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2022 Legacy Hero Award

Jean Collins*




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Past Award in Philanthropy Honorees

  • 2021 - Virginia and Kenneth* Merrill
  • 2019 - Dutch and Irma Cragun
  • 2018 - The Ruttger Family
  • 2017 - Stewart C. Mills Jr.
  • 2016 - Jim and Linnea* Anderson
  • 2015 - Lee and Penny Anderson
  • 2013 - Paul and Lynn Hunt
  • 2012 - Kevin Thesing
  • 2011 - Kevin Close and Rod Converse
  • 2010 - The Cote Family
  • 2009 - JoAnn and Arnie Johnson
  • 2008 - Kathy and Bruce Buxton
  • 2007 - Linda and Bernie Roberts
  • 2006 - Fran and Clarence Holden
  • 2005 - John Sullivan

PAST Legacy hero award HONOREES

  • 2021 - Linnea Anderson* and Millie Gjertson*

*Indicates deceased