About Us

The Vadnais Heights Area Community Foundation (VHACF) is a broad-based foundation in the community, supporting as many non-profits as we can, while being responsive to the changing needs of the community, including Mounds View and White Bear Lake Area School Districts.

Our priorities are education, arts and culture, and health and human services.

The Foundation was originally created as part of a housing bond issued by the City of Vadnais Heights in 1979.

The Mission of VHACF is to strengthen our community through private giving. Our purpose is to enhance and improve the quality of life in our area community through developing financial resources to promote in perpetuity the cultural, educational, environmental and economic assets of our area.

We were honored to receive the 2015 Community Partnership Award from VHEDC, Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation.

The Foundation provides grants to support various educational opportunities, to assist our neighbors in need and to enhance our community culturally. Vadnais Heights encompasses both the White Bear Lake (#624) and Mounds View (#621) School Districts and so the Foundation serves the broader area community included in these districts.

In 2005, the Foundation became affiliated with what is presently known as Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, to take advantage of their expertise in donor resources, administration and investment pool opportunities. Through this affiliation we are a 501(c)(3) and all contributions are tax deductible.

Since 1990, VHACF has been issuing grants of about $10,000 per year, including support for both Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake area Food Shelves; providing for the initial funding of the VHEDC (Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation) Revolving Loan Program and numerous other areas you can read about here.

Current Advisory Board Members:

Amy Peterson, Chair

Kevin Kelly, Vice Chair

Muriel Janneke, Secretary

Scott Crawford, Treasurer

Gerry Urban

Gerry Urban