Mary J. Page Community-University Partnerships Fund
Mary J. Page (1934-2013) was a voice for rural Minnesota. As a commissioner for Renville County in southwest Minnesota, as a Regent for the University of Minnesota, and in many dozens of other leadership roles in the community and in the state, she carried the concerns of outstate Minnesota to important policy making circles.
Mary helped to create, and then served on, the founding board of the West Central RSDP from 1999-2007, and gave statewide leadership to RSDP until 2009. Mary provided foundational ideals that formed the citizen-driven aspects of RSDP and left a lasting imprint on the program.
Members of the Page family have founded this endowment and have pledged additional matching support for gifts to honor Mary's commitment to rural communities and RSDP. The fund will support University of Minnesota students working on community-based sustainability projects in Greater Minnesota.
On May 21, RSDP and the Page family held a kickoff for the fund. Thanks to all who attended this inspiring event. View a video from the event.
We are close to reaching a challenge grant provided by Mary's daughter, Marcia Page! Your contribution can help us to reach that challenge.