In the Community

Tealwood’s culture exudes a spirit of service and giving back to our communities. Following are some of the ways individuals of our firm give their time and financial support in serving others.

Beyond Walls is a proven program that enrolls at-risk 5th grade students in a squash program two to three times a week. Students continue in the program through high school to graduation, which includes ongoing mentoring. Graduation rates for students who complete the program are 100%, and 80% of students go on to obtain a college degree. Charlie Mahar supports Beyond Walls by supporting the Commodore Squash Club’s Indian Summer Squash Tournament, which benefits the program.

The Episcopal Church in Minnesota is a ‘diocese’ of The Episcopal Church, which is a community of 2.5 million worshipers in about 120 dioceses across the United States and abroad. It maintains one of the largest Departments of Indian Work in the entire Episcopal Church, with faith communities on nearly every Reservation in Minnesota. Additionally, it supports faith communities welcoming the newest Minnesotans by worshiping in several languages, including Hmong and Spanish. David Neal serves as a Trustee and also is Chair of its Investment Committee.

Seven golf clubs founded the Minnesota Golf Association in 1901, creating an organization designed to uphold and promote the game of golf and its values for all golfers in Minnesota. Since its inception, the MGA has produced a long list of services oriented toward the golfer, the golf course and the game itself. Ward Johnson serves as a Director and also as a member of the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship Committee. Charlie Mahar also serves as a Director.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a dynamic and widely recognized educational organization that is a trusted resource for history. Established in 1849, the Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota's past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Charlie Mahar serves as a member of the Governing Board and Chairs the Finance Committee.

For over 15 years, Minnesota Life College has been helping high school graduates with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders become fully independent citizens. Teaching Real Skills for Real Life, the 3-year program, where students live on campus, provides training in critical independent living skills, as well as social skills among their peers. Besides ultimately becoming successfully employed and able to support themselves, often for the first time students develop true friendships. Wendy Bennis serves on MLC’s board of directors, and Chairs its Development Committee.

The National Eagle Center is a world-class interpretive center located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN. It is home to five rescued eagles, four bald eagles and one golden eagle. During a visit to the National Eagle Center, you can experience these magnificent creatures up close. Ward Johnson, serving on its board of directors, works to further the Center’s mission, which includes addressing habitat and prey requirements, migration patterns, and public education.