Community & Beyond
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the
world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Our story is simple. We believe we better the world by caring for others. KLN Family Brands has long been known as a supporter of the communities it serves and beyond. For nearly 60 years we have fostered a company culture of compassionate giving, community volunteerism, and support for worthy causes. That’s never going to change.
In 2022, we donated over $1 Million
to deserving non-profits including:
• Perham Pickleball Courts
• Boys & Girls Club of Perham
• Empowering Kids
• Bridge Pantry
• United Way of Otter Tail County
• Perham Area Community Center
• VAULT Gymnastics
• Giving Hearts Day
• Perham Area School District
and many more local, regional & national causes
NutriSource® SuperStars Training Treats
Doing good while tasting good; 100% of profits from our SuperStars™ line of dog treats directly supports facility dogs at hospitals across the country.
Pinky Swear Foundation
We are a proud partner with the Pinky Swear Foundation donating $1 Million, over 5 years, to help fight childhood cancer.
Tuffy Nelson Memorial Golf Classic
Since the inception of the tournament 38 years ago, many memories have been made & friendships cultivated. The tournament has raised over $1.4 Million for great causes and commitments to making the world a better place. This year’s proceeds will go to five charities that help fight cancer & support families of cancer patients (Roger Maris Cancer Center, Pinky Swear Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society LLS, American Cancer Society, and Brave like Gabe). The golf outing also benefits Make-A-Wish Minnesota, an organization that grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
High School Scholarships
We offer multiple scholarship opportunities for area students awarding upwards of $40,000 to deserving students looking to further their educational careers.
- KLN Scholarship – available to all KLN employee’s children.
- Tuffy Nelson Memorial Golf Scholarship
- KLN Community Builder Scholarship and Tuffy’s Treat Company Community Builder Scholarship – all graduating students going on to higher education can apply for these scholarships at the Perham or Delano school districts. Anyone going on to a 2-year, 4-year, and or the military for further education can apply.
It turns out dogs can both heal and heel. In 2021, we partnered with Soldier’s 6. The Minnesota non-profit, founded by Ed & Dana Abrahamson, provides honorably discharged Veterans, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, correctional officers, and 911 dispatchers with specially trained K-9’s. These special dogs will become their battle buddy and help guide them through the difficult days in life. For Ed, receiving a service dog was a life-changing experience.
“When I left the (police) department I was a hot mess. There were days when I was suicidal, I drank every day. I’ve got 8 years of Military, several deployments overseas, and a total of 20 years as a cop. It’s taken its toll,” said Abrahamson.
The Spot by NutriSource® is a Soldier’s 6 Training Facility that will be opening near the Twin Cities this fall.
Facility Dog Programs
Our support of facility dog programs helps children, and their families, during some of the most challenging times. We believe a dog’s wet nose and the gentle wag of its tail can offer hope & unconditional love amid so much uncertainty. In 2019, funding from NutriSource® allowed the M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis to launch a facility dog program. In 2022, we expanded our support of facility dogs to include Boston Children’s Hospital. NutriSource® is in the process of finalizing support for more programs at other children’s hospitals across the country.
Employee Giveback (Ka$h For Kau$e$ Programs)
Our employees have multiple opportunities, through monetary donations and volunteer hours, to give back to the communities they call home.
For every hour an employee volunteers (up to 24 hours per year) we give them $10 to donate to a non-profit of their choice. Plus, we’ll even match donations! For every dollar an employee donates to a qualifying non-profit KLN will match up to $250 yearly. The giving doesn’t stop there. Every division of the company has the opportunity to choose a non-profit they’d like to receive $5,000 at the end of the year. The best part? Our employees decide the winners by casting their ballots.