2017 Awards

The Dickinson County Endowment Fund has announced grants totaling $87,961 were distributed in support of 
eighteen non-profit organization projects benefitting Dickinson County. Awards were made during the Annual Grant Celebration held at the Iowa Lakeside Lab Dining Hall on West Okoboji Lake.

DCEF Council Advisor Ann Ditsworth noted, “Dickinson County Non-profit organizations work hard to serve the many needs of our citizens and we’re happy to have the opportunity to support these positive impacts in our communities.”

The nine-member, DCEF Advisory Council includes community representatives from throughout Dickinson County. The 2017 Council includes: Austin Fairchild – Terril, Doug Goodell – Lake Park, Donna Gould – West Okoboji, Everett Houge – Superior, Carry Miller – Arnolds Park, Steve Schwaller – Okoboji, Linda Seeger – Milford, Brian Sohn – Spirit Lake, and Betsy Tonsfeldt – Spirit Lake.

In twelve years of grant-making, Dickinson County Endowment Fund has provided funding support totaling $1,144,940. We have partnered with 78 Dickinson County Nonprofit Organizations and each School District by awarding grants 310 projects positively impacting every community in the County.

This year’s grantees include:


Project Detail

Grant Amt

Kinship Mentoring Program


Fitness Center Equipment Update


Transport for After-School Programs


Conservation Fdn of Dickinson County

Pollinator Paradise add’n to Nature Center


Discovery House

Daniel House Electric Update


Coop Ownership – Music Keyboard Equipment


3D Mammography project


Milford Fire Department

Lakes Area Extrication Equipment Update $10,000.00

Milford Kiwanis Club

Tent Rental Program $4,000.00

OHS Project Based J-Term


Live Children’s Theatrical Performance

$ 4,500.00

Dickinson County All School Show

$ 1,175.00

2018 Kids Carnival $2,000.00

3D Printing Station for SLMS STEMspace


Spirit Lake Protective Assn

Permanent protection of Walrath Property


Terril Elementary

Classroom Storage and Theme Boxes


Terril Public Library

Library Automation 2017 $4,000.00

Meals on Wheels Dickinson County