As local governments have made cuts, athletic associations and school activities have frequently been on the chopping block. Simultaneously, American Legion and VFW programs — the lifeblood of amateur baseball in the upper Midwest — have struggled with declining membership.
As a result, ball fields have gone without upgrades, and teams have had trouble recruiting coaches, paying league fees and buying uniforms.
Enter the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, an MCF member. Since 1999, the fund has granted nearly $2.5 million to rebuild more than 500 baseball and softball fields through the Fields for Kids program. And that’s just one facet of the fund’s efforts.
Read “Voices in Philanthropy” in the spring issue of Giving Forum to learn more about the Minnesota Twins Community Fund and their role in keeping America’s pastime alive in “Twins Territory.” This issue of Giving Forum features articles on community philanthropy.
- Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate