Community Giving

Katie Stigman

Fund Name: Katie's Club Fund
Fund Established: November 9, 2005
Community Foundation(s): Central Minnesota

After a long battle with cancer, 28-year-old Katrina Stigman died on October 30, 2005.

“The amazing thing about Katrina was that while she was the victim of her circumstances and her disease, she was always trying to lead her recovery,” said Jim Stigman, Katrina’s husband. It seemed that Katrina, a devout Christian, had been born with the knack to draw people in.

“She had an impact on so many people’s lives.”

Even as a young child, her family would joke about how the kids at the playground loved to play with her and she had her own “Katie’s Club.”

Stigman turned to the Central Minnesota Community Foundation to open a donor advised fund, Katie’s Club Fund, to help young women and girls.

“I can focus on sharing her legacy of faith and joy and the Community Foundation handles all the administrative functions like keeping track of the gifts and receipts. It’s a great benefit,” Stigman said.

In the summer of 2006, Stigman and 12 other climbers did the first Hope Hike and set out to reach the 14,000 foot summit of the Mount of the Holy Cross in Colorado as a fundraiser for Katie’s Club.

Eight reached the top, and they all exceeded their goal of $25,000. The Hope Hike continued for a total of 10 years with the final hike on July 23, 2015.

With the generous support of hundreds of donors, Katie’s Club Fund distributed more than $168,000 between 2006 and 2016.