Spud Impact Grant promotes representation in library of Horizon Middle School.


Spud Impact : $10,000

We provide grants and designated gifts to Moorhead Area Public Schools, educators, and staff for the main areas of Academics, Activities, Arts and Athletics. The Legacy Foundation has awarded annual Spud Impact grants totaling $3,000 - $10,000 each fall. In 2021, with the help of memorials and designated gifts, MLEF awarded $10,000 in grant funding toward 13 projects and activities led by Moorhead staff. 


Food For Thought : $27,000

MLEF provides milk and snack to students in need so they can learn at their greatest potential. Nearly 2 out of 5 Moorhead students currently experience food insecurity, and milk & snack break is not covered by state-funded meal programs. 100% of your Giving Hearts Day gifts to MLEF go toward Food For Thought, feeding K-4th graders in Moorhead. In the 2021-22 school year, Giving Hearts Day proceeds and designated gifts totaling $27,000 helped 158 students.


Spud Scholars : $111,500

Since 1991, Spud Scholars has awarded over $2 Million in scholarships to 2,000 Moorhead High grads. Only the interest from invested funds is awarded each year, ensuring the perpetuity of the program. Many scholarships are awarded directly by the foundation, while others are sponsored by individuals, families, businesses and organizations in the community. This year's Phonathon and designated gifts provided for 92 scholarships totaling $111,500. 


Spud History : Memorabilia & SpudMobile

MLEF provides support for reunions and Spud History through in-kind donations, designated gifts and grants. The first large-scale project involved installation of a 50 foot History Wall at Horizon Middle School. Memorabilia - largely donated - is on display, along with a touch screen database containing scanned yearbooks, news articles and more. A truck was recently donated with the intent to become the SpudMobile. Students at the newly opened Career Academy gave it its final tuneups. (Watch for the SpudMobile in parades this fall!) Future projects include a commemorative history book and a second history wall for the new high school. Spud History has helped host 6 class reunions from the fall of 2021 through the summer of 2022.


Every gift matters.



An annual gift of $152 goes toward greatest need.


Be part of the celebration! Spend the evening with some fantastic members of our community as we recognize and support Moorhead Schools and Students.


“I look forward to the SpudTacular Gala each year.  There are so many wonderful members in our community that attend. It’s a low-pressure, fun event where we get to learn more about and celebrate the vision, impact, students and staff of Moorhead Public Schools. I hope you join us!”

- Katherine Halvorson, Vice Chair


This year's gala will be October 1st during Homecoming Weekend - SAVE THE DATE!

Confirm your sponsorship or purchase your tickets by clicking the button below, or text "SpudTacular2022" to 243725 to register.


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MLEF will be at a number of community events this year. Catch us in parades or come visit our info booth to learn more about plans for supporting MAPS in 2022-2023. 


Aug. 18 : MAPS District Showcase, 3-7pm, Career Academy

Aug. 22 : District Health/Benefit Fair, 10-11:45am, MHS

Sept. 30 : Homecoming Parade


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