The Patriot Foundation was first created in 1999 and re-launched in 2018 to support scholarships for graduates of Pequot Lakes Schools and to provide ongoing financial support for school district efforts and grants that cultivate innovation.  In partnership with the Initiative Foundation, the Patriot Foundation advisory board provides leadership in carrying out the goals of the fund.

The Patriot Foundation seeks to:

Create unforgettable learning experiences for students
Classroom innovation, field trips, etc…

Provide students with opportunities for real world career exposure and STEAM activities
Bringing in community resources, internships, career days, art presenters, clubs, etc…

Provide opportunities for children who need one
Scholarships for students to participate in activities, learning experiences, access technology, and scholarships for students applying for to attend a post-secondary institution.  

Investing in our teachers
Supporting teachers with learning opportunities that align with district vision

As local volunteers, we know our neighbors, share your interests and are invested in the future of our school district and students. Our partnership with the Initiative Foundation combines local knowledge and leadership with professional expertise and guidance to identify community needs, serve donors and manage our investments.

By promoting local philanthropy, we strive to strengthen our district by connecting people, resources and needs. Our endowment fund is a charitable investment account in which the principal contributions are never spent; only the earnings provide a flexible, dependable funding stream to support important projects.

Advisory Board Members

Chair – Seth Jackson

Vice Chair – Angela Sherack

Secretary/Treasurer –Gretchen Rogers

Joby Georges

Kelly Woodman

Chad Shogren

Dayle Hushagen

Mindy Glazier

David Spizzo

Ex-Officio – Superintendent Chris Lindholm

Created in 1986, the Initiative Foundation is powering possible to help Central Minnesota people build and sustain thriving communities. The Foundation serves the 14 counties of Central Minnesota, providing nonprofit grants, business loans, leadership training and an array of donor services. We believe that local people have the greatest sum of initiative, knowledge and relationships to achieve a brighter future.

In partnership with the Patriot Foundation, the Initiative Foundation oversees and manages financial contributions for the fund. The Foundation also provides staff support to the advisory board and ensures compliance with legal and professional standards. These services allow volunteer leaders to focus on meeting community needs and enhancing the local quality of life. Because the Initiative Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributions to the fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.