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Giving Back: Growing Our Communities with Our Company

Sharing with our employees and our community is part of Larson Manufacturing’s culture.

For the past 65 years, it has been a corporate mission to promote charitable giving throughout the company.

Commitment to our communities is supported at the highest levels of the company, but it runs deeper than a corporate initiative. It is the fabric of who we are. Whether it’s supporting the local Boys and Girls Club, making a generous donation to a city park, helping a student through school, or building a home for a family in need--LARSON holds a time-honored tradition of community support.

LARSON employees share in this giving spirit. Our employees identify needs in their communities and get involved. They give their own time and resources to make a difference.

Together, Larson employees, Larson Manufacturing, and the Larson Foundation have given millions to charitable organizations and will continue the effort to make a difference in their communities.

Be Part of Our Culture


Larson Family Foundation

Created in 1990, The Larson Family Foundation is a private, non-profit organization established by Dale Larson, Chairman of the Board for Larson Manufacturing. The purpose of the foundation is to give back to the community of Brookings and the state of South Dakota, which have played a significant role in the growth and prosperity of Larson Manufacturing.

The Larson Foundation awards grants in the areas of human service, economic development, health, education, and cultural enhancement to non-profit charitable organizations in the communities in which we do business.

The focus of the Foundation's grant making is to help people in need to achieve a better quality of life. The main emphasis of grants to be awarded will be to fulfill basic human needs.

LARSON Scholarship

LARSON has given over $4 million in scholarships over the last 27 years.


The Larson Memorial Scholarship Program was established in memory of Oscar Larson, the founder of Larson Manufacturing. Oscar Larson believed that every student should have the opportunity for a great education.  This program encourages children of LARSON employees to continue their education after high school.


Scholarship winners are selected by the independent Brookings Foundation, based on the student’s potential and desire to succeed in the chosen education program, his or her record in high school, community activities, and work experience. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,600, and are renewable annually for up to five years.


United Way

LARSON Lives United

The efforts of LARSON employees embody the United Way's commitment to improving lives in our communities.


Larson Manufacturing and its employees proudly campaign and raise funds for the United Way annually. Annually we are top United Way fundraisers in the communities in which we have operations.

These successful campaign results further support ​LARSON Vision-Mission-Values statement and are a true measure of ​the generous and caring employees at Larson Manufacturing.

At L​arson Manufacturing, we continue to inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.

For more information on United Way Worldwide, visit https://www.unitedway.org/.


Habitat for Humanity Cornerstone Partner

Larson Manufacturing is a cornerstone partner with Habitat for Humanity.

We proudly donate over 3,000 storm doors annually to Habitat for Humanity International, an organization that builds homes for those in need. Additionally, we are committed to annually funding the construction of a Habitat Home in each community
​in which we have operations.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity International, visit https://www.habitat.org.



Children's Museum of South Dakota

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota was founded by ​the Larson family, and focuses on learning through play. 

Located in Brookings, South Dakota, it is the first broad-based, cross-discipline children’s museum in the state.


The focus was building a world-class museum that sparked imagination and learning, positively impacted economic development in the region, and enhanced the quality of life for children and their grownups.

For more information on the Children's Museum of South Dakota, visit https://www.prairieplay.org.

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