About Us

History of Our Foundation

In 1995, the City of La Crescent received several generous donations in honor of city councilman, Frank Kistler. Based on donor wishes, the city used the funds to support community projects. A committee of local citizens was formed by the City Council to manage and distribute the donations. That committee became the La Crescent Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Since then, the La Crescent Community Foundation has funded a number of efforts to benefit the community, and continues its mission today through endowments and trusts from funds raised to provide grants to a number of initiatives.

Community Board Members
 Scholarships Awarded
Lives Impacted
Endowed Funds
Awesome Team

Meet Our Leadership Team

As a 501(c)3 organization, all gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible. Donors can contribute to existing designated funds, to undesignated/general funds for the most pressing needs, projects and grant requests; as well as to new funds established by donors based on personal interests or wishes within the Foundation mission.
To discuss ideas and opportunities to give, please contact us

Ryan Henry
Bob Spencer
Bob Spencer
Vice President
Board Of Directors

  • Ryan Henry, President
  • Bob Spencer, Vice President
  • Paul Geronomie, Secretary
  • Andy Esser, Treasurer
  • Teri Booth
  • Dave Ebner
  • Kelly Iverson
  • Eileen Krenz
  • Brady Lowe
  • Caryn Peterson
  • Curt Trnka
  • Teresa Walter

The La Crescent Community Foundation is staffed entirely by community volunteers from throughout the La Crescent area. Directors typically serve 3 year terms.

Contact us to learn more about how you can be part of our board or various committees, to inquire about volunteer opportunities, or to discuss your ideas for furthering the Foundation's mission.


What Our Fund Recipients Say

food shelf
Susan Oddsen

La Crescent Food Shelf

Thank you again, La Crescent Community Foundation! We are so excited to have been selected for your generous grant, which will help us transition to a client choice model, including purchasing an energy-efficient clear glass refrigerator and other display shelving, helping us bring fresh, healthy foods to our community members in need. Our board's presentation last week at the Community Impact Grant event brought some puns into play while trying to tell our story of serious needs with some light. More updates on our progress will follow!

Kristi Moulton

La Crescent Elementary

Celebrating! After 200+ hours the ES library is ready for kids to use!! ?? Thanks to donations from the community (& many of you ❤️)and the PTO for almost 500 BRAND NEW books, a grant from La Crescent Community Foundation for a new catalog system to organize and track needs of the library, and Mark Moulton for volunteering to help hand enter every book (4800) into the new catalog and for building the amazing new picture book bins. And there is room to grow. ? I’m so excited for the new library advisor to make it her own- she’s already done some awesome signs and decor- and to keep advocating for more books and more staff for our district libraries!!