Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Friends of the Finland Community

  • Finland, MN
  • http://www.friendsofthefinlandcommunity.org

Mission Statement

We work to create community spaces, implement social programs, support economic initiatives, to enhance natural surroundings, and to support projects that put into action the goals of the Crystal Bay Township Comprehensive Community Plan.

Main Programs

  1. Annual St Urho's Celebration
  2. Community Center Project
  3. Mural Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

We serve the area within a 50 mile radius of Finland Minnesota, which includes much of Northern Lake County.

ruling year

2008

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Ms. Honor Schauland

Keywords

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community, Finnish_heritage, job_creation, natural_resources, commercial_kitchen

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EIN

83-0494175

 Number

3666427855

Physical Address

5838 Little Marais Rd

Finland, MN 55603

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Private Operating Foundations (T23)

Vocational Counseling / Guidance / Testing (J21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

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Programs

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Program 1

Annual St Urho's Celebration

Putting on a community event, the Annual St Urho's Day Celebration in March of every year

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 2

Community Center Project

By far the biggest project Friends of the Finland Community has undertaken has been assisting Crystal Bay Township with the planning, fundraising, and construction of the Finland Community Center/Clair Nelson Intermodal Transportation Center.For many years there was a recreation hall in Finland, however, the building fell into disrepair, and in the Fall of 2007, with the help of Lake County, we demolished it. Now the Township has built a new community center that will be the model rural, affordable, sustainable community center to serve area residents of Northern Lake County and visitors to the region.The planning for the new center began during the comp plan process. In addition to the question “What would you like the community of Finland to be like in 20 years?” Focus groups were also asked what they would like to see in a new community center. This information was incorporated into the Comp Plan, but also used to obtain $9,000 of support from the Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnershithe Township was able to work with Paul Anderson of Partners and Sirny Architecture Firm and the University of Minnesota Center for Sustainable Building Research to obtain schematic designs for the building and to develop methods for incorporating sustainable elements into the new facility.In turn, the schematic design created allowed us to apply for funding in multiple places. In June of 2006, the Township voted to bond itself up to $750,000 to build the new building. A Community Center Committee met from 2004-2006.  In June 2006 the Township moved to officially create two Committees, a fund-raising and a building committee, which met bi-weekly to plan for and coordinate the next steps for the building.  In August of 2006, Congressman Jim Oberstar visited Finland and spent an hour at the Finland Rec. Hall learning about the hopes and plans for the new Community Center.On March 16th, 2007, The Town’s St Urho’s Day Celebration was organized around the History of the old Finland Recreation Hall, which we knew we would be saying goodbye to in preparation for construction of the new Center. The highlight of the day was a visit from Congressman Oberstar, who rode in the parade, visited the Rec Hall, and then announced that the Township would be getting $800,000 from the federal government towards our new Community Center, in recognition and memorial of the efforts of Clair Nelson, a recently deceased community leader.Fast on the heels of that news came the word that the Township would also be receiving a grant for $97,300 from Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program for the building of the new community center as a facility that can provide information and access to individuals about the natural world in inner Lake County along the Baptism River, a protected trout stream.Since then the project has received funding from such diverse sources as Iron Range Resources, The Wilder Foundation, NE MN Sustainable Development Partnership, the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Clean Energy Resource Teams, the Katherine B Andersen Fund of the St Paul Foundation, and various donations from individuals and businesses.Friends of the Finland Community was instrumental in organizing the meetings and building the partnerships that led to these grants for the new facility. We are very pleased to have been able to assist Crystal Bay Township in this manner with the Community Center Project.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$280,000.00

Program 3

Mural Project

Work to get local artists to do local mural projects. One is in progress on the side of the Finland Cooperative Store and one will be inside the new community center.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$10,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Minnesota

We serve the area within a 50 mile radius of Finland Minnesota, which includes much of Northern Lake County.

Funding Needs

We are in need of funds for all of our projects. We still need to raise $100,000 for the community center project, $1,000 for this year's St Urho's Celebration, and $7,500 for the mural project.

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FRIENDS OF THE FINLAND COMMUNITY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Friends of the Finland Community

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Principal Officer

Ms. Honor Schauland

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Suzan From

Director of Schroeder Area Historical Society, former reporter for Lake County News Chronicle, former nurse with active interest in community health

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