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The Gardner Foundation was founded in 1990 when the Gardner Family sold their interest in the M.G. Waldbaum Co. in Wakefield. The Foundation provides charitable grants to worthy tax-exempt organizations, and the Foundation’s vision has benefited recipients across eastern Nebraska, northwest Iowa, and beyond.


The objective of  The Gardner Foundation is to provide charitable grants to worthy tax-exempt organizations carrying on religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational activities exclusively.  Grants will be made to such organizations that are tax-exempt as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and may also be made to state or city entities if the grant is made exclusively for public purposes.


Gardner Foundation Trustees David Gardner, Leslie Bebee, and Kirk Gardner

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