Community Giving


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Or mail a check payable to CommunityGiving with "Paynesville Area Community Foundation Endowment Fund " in the memo line to:

PACF c/o CommunityGiving
101 S. 7th Avenue, Suite 100
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Learn More

If you are interested in learning more about how to establish a fund and you would like to discuss the process, please contact us at (320) 253-4380 or talk to a member of the PACF Board.

PACF Board of Directors

  • Leo Louis, Chair
  • Rosie Lieser, Secretary
  • Steve Peterson, Treasurer
  • Amy Bast
  • Paul Bugbee
  • Mary Hendrickson
  • Dick Johnson
  • Dale Klein
  • Lou Louis
  • Bev Mueller
  • Wayne Nelson
  • Bill Spooner
  • Maggie Utsch

PACF Funds

  • Bugbee Family Charitable Fund
  • Leo and Luella Louis Family Fund
  • Paynesville Area Community Foundation Fund
  • Paynesville Area Hospital Foundation Fund
  • Paynesville Area Hospital Torbenson Family Scholarship Fund
  • Paynesville Area Masonic Lodge 71 Fund
  • Paynesville Masonic Lodge AF & AM Community Fund
  • Torbenson Family Fund
  • Harlan and Jeraldean Palm Family Fund
  • Harlan and Jeraldean Palm Scholarship Fund
  • Weston & Lois Nehring Family Fund


The role of the Paynesville Area Community Foundation (PACF) is to help people and organizations in making a difference. The Foundation fulfills its role by facilitating charitable giving, initiating responses to targeted needs, and building permanent funds for the support of charities in the Paynesville area and beyond. The community foundation does not encourage the support of any one charity, but as a neutral entity assists donors in identifying and attaining their charitable goals.

The Paynesville Area Community Foundation official partnered with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation in May of 2008. The partnership with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation enables PACF to save administrative costs and provide a wide variety of services to donors, their professional advisors and nonprofit organizations in the area.


The Paynesville Area Community Foundation hosts an annual Gala to raise support for a different nonprofit each year. The 2016 Paynesville Area Community Foundation Gala will be held on September 24th at Louis Industries and support the Paynesville Area Endowment Fund.

For information about the event, contact Lou Louis at (320) 243-4419.

PACF hosted the first annual Gala in 2007. Since then, the Paynesville Area Community Foundation has raised support for:

  • Habitat for Humanity projects in the Paynesville area
  • Paynesville Area Center, formerly the Senior Center
  • Let's Go Fishing
  • Paynesville Historical Society
  • Paynesville Baseball Club
  • Koronis Lake Association
  • Crow River Trail Guards
  • Uzone
  • Serenity Path


The Paynesville Area Community Foundation (PACF) started out as a part of the Paynesville city government called the Paynesville Endowment Commission set up to provide a way for individuals, families, and businesses to bequeath funds for the betterment of the City of Paynesville. Some local leaders, including then Mayor and current PACF board member Joe Voss, contributed some seed money to the fund. The commission printed pamphlets with what they believed was a comprehensive invitation for bequests, and placed them in the offices of attorneys and estate planners around the area, as well as city hall lobby, the library, banks and many other public places.

In the early 2000s, the City of Paynesville decided that the function of handling endowments should be accomplished by forming a stand alone nonprofit corporation, the Paynesville Area Charitable Trust Fund (which now also legally operates under the name Paynesville Area Community Foundation). With no official ties to the city, they felt the nonprofit group could appeal to donors that would wish their bequests go to areas other than city functions, while still offering city parks, trails, and other city functions as options. Councilman (and former PACF board member) Dennis Zimmerman formed a group to explore how the transition would take place, and as that group added local professionals, business leaders, and concerned citizens, it evolved into the board of the current Paynesville Area Community Foundation 501(c)(3).

Recognizing that they needed a partner with investment management, charitable giving, and other technical expertise, the nonprofit board began a conversation with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) upon the recommendation of Paynesville business owners and CMCF fund advisors Leo and Luella Louis. After exploring their options, the PACF board decided that partnering with CMCF would maximize their effectiveness.