Create a Legacy

A Named Legacy Donation is a major gift (minimum $10,000) to the Virginia Community Foundation. Creating a Named Legacy ensures the growth of the Virginia Community Endowment Fund. These donations are held in perpetuity, the earnings from this investment are used to support community projects and opportunities.

A Legacy Donation may be named to recognize an individual, a family, a group, or an organization.

If you have questions about becoming a member of the Legacy Group, please contact or 218 749-8239.


The Legacy Group

Ralph Carlson Family Legacy, created in 2021

Ralph Carlson (1928 – 2019) lived most of his life in Virginia, attending Virginia schools and graduating from Roosevelt High School. He received a degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in Accounting.

Ralph served in the US Army in Korea earning the Bronze Star medal. He worked as an accountant for US Steel – Minntac until retirement in 1983.

Ralph always said the best thing he ever did was marry Julie Amys. Together for 55 years, they enjoyed seasons tickets to the Virginia Blue Devils hockey games, spending time and fishing on Lake Vermilion, travel (especially to Hawaii and cruising), and spending time teaching grandkids to play Cribbage.

An ambitious man, Ralph was kind and caring. He took his responsibilities seriously. He updated his parents’ house to make sure his mom could live in the house after his dad passed away.  After working hard for 35 years, Ralph had saved enough money to enjoy his 36 years in retirement.

Ralph was a regular contributor to the Virginia Community Foundation because he enjoyed the renovation projects and appreciated support for schools and students.


Bialke Family Legacy, established 2022

Marjorie Wovcha Ralls established in 2019

Marieta & Chipper Johnson, established in 2015

Northern State Bank, established in 2015

Mary & Ken Waschke, established in 2014

Peter & Colette Johnson, established in 2013

Kurt and Carol Sundquist, established in 2012

Micheal & Debra Appelwick, established in 2012