The High Winds Fund

The High Winds Fund was established in 1956 through an initial gift to Macalester College from DeWitt Wallace to sustain property values he had seen deteriorate around other urban college and university neighborhoods. 

Our mission is to maintain and improve the beauty, serenity, and security of the area surrounding the campus of Macalester College.

Macalester College is a unique institution – a nationally respected liberal arts college in the heart of a thriving urban environment. The High Winds Fund helps to support and improve that critical environment for the benefit of Macalester’s students, faculty, staff, and neighbors.

Please see the Macalester Events Page for more information about what is happening on campus. We frequently invite our neighbors to join us. The best way to know if an event is open to the public is to add the “public” filter in the lower right corner of the events page.


Neighborhood Ambassador Program and Summer Block Parties

The High Winds Fund, together with Macalester Groveland Community Council, Union Park District Council and the University of St. Thomas are relaunching the Block Ambassador Program. First created about five years ago, this program established a handbook for the people on your block who coordinate the alley plowing, welcome the new neighbors, plan the block parties and generally keep you informed of what is happening around you. These are your Block Ambassadors. The handbook is a great resource that is full of ideas and how to be a great neighborhood! By signing up as a Block Ambassador, it enables better communication between the Community, the City and the neighbors on your block!