About CCF: Serving Chisholm for Over 30 Years!
The Chisholm Community Foundation is proud to be one of Minnesota’s most trusted community foundations. With the help of community residents, alumni, families, and corporate partners, we’ve spent more than 30 years gifting to worthy causes, addressing the needs of the Chisholm community, and creating unique and memorable fundraising events that bring our community together!
Founded by the Chisholm Community, for the Chisholm Community
The CCF was founded in 1987 by members of the Chisholm community and by Chisholm High School graduates returning to their hometown. Our founders saw a need to create more opportunities to enhance the lives of residents and were passionate about finding new ways to draw business, families and other opportunities to town.
The Chisholm Community Foundation began with the stewardship of the Gornick family and expanded as graduates, community members, and businesses began to collaborate with the CCF. Today, we are proud to have given back over $1.7 million to worthwhile causes — all geared to making Chisholm a better place to live, work and raise families.
Be a part of the fun, unique and energetic events sponsored by the CCF! It’s a great way to support your community and get to know people! Mark your calendar for upcoming events now!
Whether you’re a local business, a family, or a resident, we have a number of options that allow you to donate specifically to the areas of community service that you care most deeply about!
Named donations and planned gifts are a great way to support the Chisholm community. Honor your friends, family members or neighbors while investing in your hometown in specific and meaningful ways ways!
We are proud to offer grants for innovative and important Chisholm community projects as well as scholarships to invest in the lives of our youth!
The Chisholm Community Foundation awarded $55,416 in grants for the first cycle of 2023, as well as $13,450 in scholarships to graduating seniors of Chisholm High School. The CCF has provided over $1.7 million in grants for community causes which has helped to make Chisholm a better place to live, work and raise families.
Please support your CCF and make a difference in our community!
The CCF Mission
Our mission is to serve the Chisholm and Balkan communities by stewarding funds for innovative and creative projects, which are responsive to community and economic development in the areas of social service, education, arts and culture, conservation, and historic and environmental preservation.
Our volunteer advisory board is committed to raising funds necessary to cover our annual operating costs, thus allowing all contributions to go directly to the community. Our current advisory board includes the following members of the Chisholm community.
Jessica is a 2008 Chisholm graduate. She graduated from UMD in 2012 with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Communication Arts and Literature. After graduation, she worked as a Title I teacher for a year in the Chisholm School District, then became a Kindergarten teacher at the Vaughan Steffensrud. Jessica is in her sixth year teaching Kindergarten and says she loves it. Other jobs she has are the Head Girls’ Swimming and Diving Coach for the Chisholm Bluestreaks, Chisholm Figure Skating Club Coach, Director of the Chisholm Summer Rec Program and Secretary of the Teacher’s Union. She has also taught a few Chisholm Community Education classes at the Vaughan. Jessica helped with the Chisholm Downtown Revitalization Pocket Park project. She resides in Chisholm and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
I was born and and raised as a Chisholm Bluestreak! In 1972, I graduated from Chisholm High School and earned my Bachelor’s degree from Mankato State in 1976. Later, I completed a Master’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica. In the course of almost 40 years, I was blessed every day to work at a job that I was passionate about – teaching. To be able to teach at the high school I graduated from was truly a gift; therefore, despite my retirement from ISD 695 in 2014, I went back to work in a classroom setting so that I could stay in touch with my students – the best energy source on the planet! I have been working part-time now for more than three years. When I am not at the cabin on Little Sturgeon, you will find me traveling, at the gym, volunteering or enjoying time with friends and family.
Jen moved to Chisholm in 2014 where she and her husband, Nick, started their careers as physical therapists with Big Stone Therapies in both Chisholm and Hibbing. Jen was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to working as a physical therapist, Jen is also co-owner of one of Chisholm’s newest downtown businesses, 30West Fitness & Recreation, where she enjoys helping the community reach their health and fitness goals. Jen loves spending time with her family and friends, and especially loves the challenge and fun of keeping up with her two kiddos, Farrah (3) and Roman (16 months).
I grew up in Cherry and graduated from high school in 1973. I moved to Chisholm in 1982 with my daughter, Carrie. My second daughter, Ashlee, was born in 1986. Both of my daughters are Chisholm graduates. I worked at Hibbing Taconite for 24 years and retired in 2018. Since my retirement, I decided to get more involved in our community. I joined the Chisholm Community Foundation and I am enjoying being of part of an organization that does so much to benefit the community. I enjoyed curling for many years. My hobbies include fishing, gardening and going to work out at 30 West Fitness.
I am a life-long resident of Chisholm. I graduated from CHS in 1972 and attended the College of St Scholastica. We have two children, both graduates of CHS and one adorable granddaughter, Tomlin. My husband Bill and I are both retired and enjoy volunteering and spending time at our cabin. For the past three years, I have been very active in the Fairview Range Volunteer Service Organization and currently serve as the fundraising chair. My working career centered around healthcare in many forms. From clinics, mental health centers and hospitals to insurance companies. I have pretty much done it all. This is my second time being on the CCF Board. I am so proud of the work that is done that I was happy to come back and help.
I was born and raised as a Chisholm Bluestreak and I have lived here for my entire life. I love our city of Chisholm and I believe it is the heartbeat of the Iron Range. I graduated in 2005. I got my Associate’s Degree at Mesabi Range College, my Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. I have been a teacher in Chisholm the past six years and have enjoyed working in my hometown every second of every day. I try to give back to my hometown as much as I can. I was honored to be asked to join the CCF and help provide grants to our great city. Currently I am serving on the Chisholm City Council, the Range Center Board, the Chisholm Community Foundation, and the President of the Chisholm Kiwanis Club. I am the proud Uncle of a beautiful niece and two handsome nephews, who I adore and spoil as much as I can. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports, spending as much time at the cabin as possible, refereeing high school and JUCO sports, and hunting with my dad.
I was born and raised in Chisholm and graduated from Chisholm High School in 1999. I attended Hibbing Community College, St. Cloud State University, and Bemidji State University and earned a degree in Elementary Education. Family is very important to me, so I was very fortunate to move back to Chisholm when I started my own family. My husband, Cory, and I have three children, Genae, Drew and Allie, all graduates of Chisholm High School too! I have worked at Heritage Manor for over 20 years and love my job, my team, the residents, and their families. It is truly a gift wot work in geriatrics. AS a busy mom of three kids, I was very involved in extra-curricular activities while they were growing up. I was member of the Chisholm Skating Club Board of Directors for over 15 years and served as Club President for most of those years. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, taking walks, snowshoeing, hiking, golfing, spending time at the lake, and traveling. Now that my children are all in college, I wanted to find a meaningful way to invest my time and energy by giving back to this wonderful community and the opportunity to join the Chisholm Community Foundation Board felt like the perfect fit.
Gina was born and raised in Chisholm and is a proud graduate of the CHS Class of 1984. After graduating from the College of St. Thomas in 1988, she spent her career in higher education administration and global humanitarian service with the University of Minnesota Medical School, Smile Network International, and Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Now happily retired, with a total of eight children and four grandchildren in the U.S. and Finland, Gina and her husband, Jukka, now call Chisholm home. Since returning to the area, Gina has sought to be involved in her community as an Election Judge for Balkan Township and a clarinetist with the Hibbing City Band and Crescendo Symphony Orchestra, and now as a new board member of the Chisholm Community Foundation. When she’s not busy practicing her clarinet, Gina enjoys reading, traveling, gardening, and cooking for her family and friends. She looks forward to this opportunity to give back and support the vibrant community of Chisholm.
The Chisholm Community Foundation (CCF), an affiliate of the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation, is a permanent, philanthropic endowment for the enduring benefit of our community. It secures, manages and allocates investors’ gifts for charitable purposes in the Chisholm area, working to improve the quality of life for local residents.
To date, the CCF has awarded over $1.7 million in grants to various organizations in and around our community. Our foundation stands as a beacon among small community foundations in our state. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments and truly grateful to all those who have contributed to the success of the CCF. Learn more about how the Chisholm Community Foundations works here.
Chisholm Veterans Memorial Fund
Our Association with the Chisholm Community Foundation has been a good working relationship. Our member Veterans are very supportive of our fund and the Chisholm Community Foundation.
The Chisholm Community Foundation (CCF) has been a major supporter of the City of Chisholm’s Parks and Recreation Department. Just a few of the projects they have supported with funding include:
1. Improvements to the Chisholm Longyear Walking Trail with resurfacing and connectivity to the local nursing home.
2. The development of eight new bocce ball courts.
3. Replace new playground equipment at two locations.
4. Replaced the fencing at the Memorial Football Field.
5. The development of the Doc “Moonlight” Graham Baseball Field with irrigation, fencing, concrete bleacher pads and accessible walkways.
These are just a few of the highlighted projects the CCF has helped the City of Chisholm Parks and Recreation Department support with grant funding.
The CCF is an intricate component granting funding to the City of Chisholm’s limited budget to help improve parks and recreational facilities. It impacts all ages of people outside and within our community. The City of Chisholm cannot thank the Chisholm Community Foundation enough for supporting the development of our small but wonderful community that we call home!
The Chisholm Public Schools are extremely grateful for the grants that we have been awarded over the years. Through their generosity, the Chisholm Community Foundation has enhanced educational, artistic, athletic and technological opportunities for the school and community. Thank you to the CCF for putting the needs of Chisholm first.
Philanthropy doesn’t need to be complicated nor does it require great wealth. We found a way to participate in giving back to the community we love that’s convenient, financially comfortable and personally rewarding. We chose to use life insurance as our way to give back for the education and community services that were provided to us over our life time. We took out a $100,000 life insurance policy and named the CCF as the beneficiary and the irrevocable owner of the policy. By working with the Minnesota Community Foundation and our financial advisor, we were able to find a way that will create future unrestricted funds for the foundation and leave a legacy.
Both of us graduated with the Class of 1968 and personally received 26 years (K-12 X 2) of education that currently is valued at about $12,000 per year. So, it seemed right for us to try to repay a part of what our parents, grandparents, and citizens of Chisholm had invested in us. The community of Chisholm provided a great place to raise our two children. Chisholm is a special place with a bright future. We liked the fact that we are contributing to sustain the community by providing resources to make it even better!