The Joseph Durda Foundation is pleased and privileged to partner with many area organization that improve the quality of life for Minnesotans and whose direct services aid the lives of the most vulnerable and support the development of healthy individuals, families and communities.
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
Internship Program: Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation Summer Research Internship Program exposes interested students to cardiology and clinical research.
University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Fund & football scholarships
Joseph Durda Family Scholarship Fund:
The Joseph Durda Foundation, along with family and friends of the late Joe Durda, created a fund in 1986, which in 2011 became a scholarship endowment. The scholarship supports student-athletes on the U of M football team who are in good academic standing.
Golden Gopher Fund: www.goldengopherfund.com/Online/
Living Well Disability Services
Living Well Disability Services delivers exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Founded as Dakota’s Children in 1972 by parents, volunteers and community partners in West St. Paul, our 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization today provides person-centered services to people living in the region.
William Mitchell College of Law
Joseph Durda Veterans Scholarship:
The newly established Joseph Durda Foundation Scholarship for Veterans is now accepting applications. The $1,250 scholarship is open to all current students who have served or are serving in any branch of the United States Armed Services. The scholarship is annually renewable.
The late Mr. Durda, a wounded veteran of WWII and the Korean War, attended William Mitchell College of Law but was unable to complete his legal education because he was re-called to active duty. He encouraged his brother, the late District Court Judge Chester Durda ’57, as well as his son-in-law, Miles Cohen ’72, to attend William Mitchell College of Law.
U.S. Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association
The U.S. EWHA is a non-profit 501 (C) 3 corporation, and member of Disabled Sports USA, dedicated to allowing many participants the opportunity to play electric (power) wheelchair hockey. Our sport is called PowerHockey™.
OTHER RECENTLY SELECTED GRANTEES
Union Gospel Mission
The Union Gospel Mission (UGM), founded in 1902, is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving those who are homeless, poor and addicted in the Twin Cities community. By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional and educational needs, the Mission is changing lives!
Providing therapy/guide dogs to disabled veterans and first-response providers.
Wings of Mercy
Wings of Mercy provides free air transportation for people with limited financial means who need treatment at distant medical facilities. Wings is an all volunteer medical air transportation service with FAA certified pilots, nurses and other professionals who donate their time, planes and expertise to transport beneficiaries who are in medical and financial need. All pilots, nurses and other professionals come to Wings already trained and licensed.
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
MACV provides assistance throughout Minnesota to positively motivated veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crises. MACV accomplishes its mission by providing services directly or in collaboration with other service agencies.
Store to door
Store To Door delivers peace of mind for seniors and their caregivers. A volunteer-based shopping and delivery service gives seniors personal, reliable access to their choice of food and household essentials, so they can continue to live in their own homes.