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Our Mission and Community Tradition
Our Mission and Community Tradition
Our Mission and Community Tradition
Our Mission and Community Tradition
Our Mission and Community Tradition
Our Mission and Community Tradition
Our Mission and Community Tradition

The Hormel Foundation approved $8.4 million in grants as part of its annual contribution budget for 2019.


Dedicated to the support of local organizations since 1941

Continuing the legacy of George and Jay Hormel, The Hormel Foundation is proud to be a part of initiatives that will improve the quality of life in our community.


Austin Assurance Scholarship

Austin Assurance Scholarship
In partnership with Riverland Community College, Austin Public Schools and Pacelli Catholic Schools, graduating students of Austin Public Schools and Pacelli Catholic Schools have the opportunity to obtain a two-year college degree from Riverland Community College starting in fall 2019, tuition-free.

Vision 2020 Austin, MN

Austin Community Rec Center
A Foundation grant of $25 million,  $5 million from Hormel Foods, $6.4 million from a public fundraising campaign and partnerships with the City of Austin and the YMCA, has made this Community Rec Center initiative possible. The public will have free access to parts of the new recreation center within an indoor playground, youth center and community gathering space.  

Austin High School Annex and MacPhail Center for Music
In partnership with Austin Public Schools and Austin's MacPhail Center for music, renovations and the construction of a second story onto the annex of the high school will house both the high school music programs and Austin’s MacPhail Center for Music.


Community to Benefit from $9.7 Million
from The Hormel Foundation
Board of Directors Announces 2020 Distribution

Austin, Minn. (Nov. 14, 2019) - Major funding to support the community of Austin continues with The Hormel Foundation's approval of $9.7 million for 2020 grants. The Foundation's supported organizations are Austin Area Foundation, Austin Community Charitable Fund, Austin Community Growth Ventures, Austin Community Scholarship Committee, Austin Public Schools, Cedar Valley Services, City of Austin, The Hormel Institute, Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Austin, Parenting Resource Center, Riverland Community College, Salvation Army, United Way of Mower County and the YMCA of Austin.  The Hormel Institute, a world-renowned cancer research center and part of University of Minnesota, is the principle recipient of The Hormel Foundation's annual contributions.

"Thanks to the hard work and continued success of the team at Hormel Foods, we are able to distribute significant dividends to benefit our community, our citizens, our students and beyond," said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chair of The Hormel Foundation.  "The important missions these organizations carry out impact the lives of individuals here, strengthen our community, and through contributions to science and education, benefit our greater society as well.  We are honored and proud to be a part of this."

The Hormel Foundation has committed substantial additional funding, independent of the annual grants, to three major community projects now underway. These include the Austin Community Recreation Center, the MacPhail/APS Annex project, and The Hormel Foundation Austin Assurance Scholarship Program. Each of these projects serves to enhance the quality of life and increase opportunity for Austin residents.

Construction on the stunning $35 million Austin Community Recreation Center is nearing completion with an opening planned for early 2020.  The YMCA will be housed with the rec center and amenities include a fully equipped fitness studio, a large gymnasium, wellness floor, indoor running and walking track, and lap and leisure pools including warm water therapy. An indoor playground, youth center and community gathering space are public amenities included. in the rec center.

Supporting Austin's strong culture of music, The Hormel Foundation also funded the major expansion of the MacPhail/APS Annex project.  The $11 million project includes a 13,750 square foot addition to the second floor of the Austin High School Annex and 17,850 square feet of renovation throughout the building. The Hormel Foundation committed up to $8.7 million in financing and Austin Public Schools will cover the remainder.

The new space for MacPhail Center for Music provides 11 rooms and instruction studios. The project also includes facilities for the high school's band, orchestra and choir, a music library, practice rooms and storage.  The high school choir will be moving into their new space soon while the band and orchestra moves are planned for next summer.

Addressing the issue of escalating college tuition and providing higher ed opportunities for all students, The Hormel Foundation's Austin Assurance Scholarship program offers up to two years of paid college for any Austin student who meets residency and other qualifications. The innovative program is provided in collaboration with Austin Public Schools, Pacelli Catholic Schools and Riverland Community College.  121 scholarship students are now in the program from the 2019 graduating classes.

25 local non-profit agencies will receive 2020 grant funds from the George A. Hormel Testamentary Trust. The Hormel Foundation serves as trustee for the George A. Hormel Testamentary Trust, a private grant fund that provides approximately $65,000 in additional grants annually.  These non-profit organizations include local youth sport programs and community art programs.

Relationship to the Hormel Foods Company

The Foundation was created to fulfill three primary responsibilities: preserve the independence of the Hormel Foods Corporation, support the Austin, MN community and area, provide for the financial welfare of family heirs for the duration established by family trusts. These responsibilities have been affirmed by the Supreme Court of Minnesota, and they have been fulfilled for 75 years. The Foundation controls more than 48% of Hormel Foods’ stock and would vote against any proposal to purchase the Corporation.


The Hormel Foundation Assurance Scholarship Program

The Hormel Foundation has announced that the foundation will help future seniors of Austin Public Schools and Pacelli Catholic Schools obtain a two-year college degree from Riverland Community College starting in fall 2019, tuition-free, thanks to its partnership with Riverland Community College, Austin Public Schools and Pacelli Catholic Schools.


The Hormel Foundation Makes Leadership Transition

On August 15th, 2018, The Hormel Foundation Board of Directors elected Jeffrey M. Ettinger as Chair, succeeding Gary J. Ray who retired after 22 years on the board.