Knute Nelson Foundation

Foundation Mission

To build and strengthen relationships with individuals, businesses and foundations who engage in fostering a culture of philanthropy (time, talent, treasure) by securing funds for Knute Nelson's mission. 

 Foundation History

Philanthropy has always been a significant part of Knute Nelson. Our organization began through Senator Knute Nelson's donation of land and home, gifted with the intent of serving aging adults. Today, the Knute Nelson organization continues to rely on the generosity of others to allow our mission to thrive.

Giving to the Knute Nelson Foundation supports the mission of our organization, and ensures that we can continue to offer those we serve the highest quality care, while pursuing innovative new ways to meet their ever-changing needs.

The Knute Nelson Foundation was established in 1983 as separate 501(c)3 organization for the purposes of securing and receiving charitable gifts. Our focus is to benefit those served throughout the entire Knute Nelson Corporation. Making a gift to the Knute Nelson Foundation allows us to enhance programs, services, and facilities to accomplish Knute Nelson’s mission of enriching the lives of everyone we serve. The Foundation embarks on and pursues annual, major and planned giving initiatives to maximize donor's impact to Knute Nelson's mission. 

We each have the opportunity to show our support for the Knute Nelson mission and older adults by giving to the Knute Nelson Foundation. As we look to the future, we know that the needs of aging adults in our communities are evolving. And we hope that through your support we continue to remain an innovator in senior care.

Why is Philanthropy Important?

Nearly all Knute Nelson’s programs are subsidized through benevolence care and philanthropy.  Philanthropy allows us to offer innovative programs to enhance the quality of care and live out our mission of enriching the lives of everyone we serve. Every gift matters and every gift is important. 

Become a part of something bigger

Knute Nelson Foundation has two member societies created to recognize donors who have taken their gift to a higher level. These member societies were created to foster relationships and create a deeper connection between major donors, honoring their exemplary giving to the Foundation, and leadership. 

The Knute Nelson Legacy Society

The Knute Nelson Legacy Society honors those who have taken their gifts beyond the ordinary and named the Knute Nelson Foundation in their estate plans. 

Legacy gift options include:

  • Designating the Knute Nelson Foundation in your will
  • Making a gift in your retirement plan (IRA, 401k, 403b)
  • Giving a gift of life insurance
  • Gifting real estate or personal property 

The Voss Giving Society

The Voss Giving Society is named after our founder and namesake Knute Nelson’s hometown in Voss, Norway. Knute Nelson served as a United States Senator and Minnesota Governor. In his last will, he left a bequest to begin a social ministry organization to care for the aged. Knute Nelson, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, was established in 1948 as a result of his concern for the aging. The Voss Giving Society recognizes donors who have generously given $10,000+ to further the mission and impact of Knute Nelson. 

Grateful Recognition

When you become a member of the Voss Giving Society or the Knute Nelson Legacy Society, you are joining a group of individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly, invested in our mission and helped to advance philanthropy at Knute Nelson. Members of out Voss Giving Society and Legacy Society are honored by: 

  • Special invitations to our annual Voss Giving Society reception, Legacy Society dinner and other signature events
  • Recognition in the annual Social Accountability Report
  • Your name listed on Knute Nelson's giving monitors
  • Advance notification of noteworthy topics and events impacting Knute Nelson
  • Preferred placement in residential housing communities

What is your legacy?

Each of us has the power to create our legacy. Your legacy is how you are remembered and allows you to transcend time. What will your legacy be? We would love to visit with you and learn about the legacy you wish to create. 

See your Impact


Knute Nelson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization located at 420 12th Avenue East, Alexandria, MN 56308, Federal Tax ID #41-1451486.