50 Years of Giving

Celebrating 50 Years of the Mardag Foundation

“The values she instilled in my father were the ones that then were passed on to us, my brother and myself, and in particular the notion that you give back to the community that gave so much to us.”

Tim Ober, Agnes’ grandson and Mardag Foundation Board President

A Legacy of Generosity

From rather humble beginnings, the Mardag Foundation has assisted 1,104 organizations, made 3,035 grants and contributed more than $69 million (through 2018) to help Minnesotans.

All of this generosity came about because of the vision of Agnes Ober, whose will created the Ober Charitable Foundation upon her death in 1969. Later renamed the Mardag Foundation, the organization has been supporting at-risk families, seniors, community development and the arts in both the East Metro and greater Minnesota for 50 years.

It is a story of quiet generosity, compassionate giving and trying to make a positive difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

Learn more about the Foundation's history and grantmaking in our special 50th anniversary booklet.

50th Anniversary booklet

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