Community Foundation hires first Executive Director

Baldus to lead AAF’s continuing growth, giving to Austin area

AUSTIN, MN – March 25, 2014 – Austin Area Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Jeff Baldus as the organization’s first executive director. Baldus currently serves on the community foundation’s executive board, and is an active member in area business and volunteer activities.

“We have many people to thank for the progress the Austin Area Foundation has experienced over the last ten years,” said Mike Ruzek, board chair and founder of Austin Area Foundation.

“With the hiring of Jeff Baldus, we are confident that our growth will be at a faster pace. We look forward to working with Jeff to further fulfill the foundation’s mission in serving our community.”

Baldus is a longtime Austin resident and has been most recently employed by the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, supporting Ambassador activities, membership and the 4th of July Freedom Fest. Currently active on many local boards and in volunteer positions, his career includes 34 years of restaurant management and was the successful owner/operator of Austin Culver’s Restaurant until he sold it in June of 2009.

“Serving in the position of executive director will allow me to champion the nonprofit organizations that give so much to our community. I am thrilled to be part of an organization that does so much good for the community,” said Baldus.

“My first plans for the community foundation are to educate the public on who we are and what we do and how you can have a positive lasting influence on this community.”

Austin Area Foundation is a community foundation whose’s mission is to make a lasting impact through support of the important organizations of the Austin community, creating positive results now and planning a positive influence through charitable giving for generations to come.

Interview Ideas/Contacts:

Jeff Baldus – Executive Director – 507.279.0875

Darrell Ingvaldson – Chair, AAF – 507.433.1508



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