Shared Family Values

When our four sons were young, I regularly worked on volunteer projects. When I say regularly, I mean with enough consistency that one of our sons remarked, upon finding out that I was volunteer, “They don’t pay you for that? I thought that was your job.”

While I might have thought then that I was taking away precious time together with our sons, I know now that I was providing them with a deeply held set of values that include service and caring for others. They all married wives who share a remarkable sense of commitment to the community.

Those early experiences also communicated the importance of dedicating time to making the community a better place for everyone. While I could have chosen to share my time with organizations that touched our family directly, I found myself most interested in giving my energy to families who could use some additional support to stabilize their health and well-being.

Now, as my own children have children, I see them sharing their time and talents, and modeling for their children, that we all have gifts to contribute to make the community better for everyone. We are a family who all independently want to make a difference in other’s lives.

What makes our work rewarding is that as we come together as the Mortenson Family Foundation to express our shared values and interest, we are caring for others. We provide opportunities for youth and families in our own backyard of the Twin Cities, resources throughout the state of Minnesota for environmental issues that we care about deeply, as well as support for families in developing communities that we may never visit.

The Mortenson Family Foundation’s intention is to exist in perpetuity and to have generation upon generation of our family working to strengthen communities for which we care. That is time well spent, and precious beyond measure.


Chair of the Board and President