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Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation


The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF), established in 1998, is an affiliate of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, based in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The partnership with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation enables the Brainerd Lakes Area Foundation to save administrative costs and provide a wide variety of services to donors, their professional advisors and nonprofit organizations in the region.


The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation seeks to link donors with the needs of our community, and beyond, by creating permanent endowments.

BLACF by the Numbers


Founded: April 1998

Total Assets: $6.4 million

Total Funds:
 71

Total Grants to Date: $2.5 million


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Lynn and Paul Hunt have given back to the Brainerd Lakes Area for decades and were recognized for their commitment.

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The Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund honored Cheryl Gelbmann last year. Who will receive the Women Making Waves Award next?

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Community Foundation To Recognize Philanthropic Leader in Brainerd Area
Posted Mon, Nov 18, 2013 01:24:13 PM by Greta-Stark modified by Dawn

Brainerd, Minn.– The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) announced plans to again recognize a local person or couple who have shown a commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation will begin seeking nominations for its Award in Philanthropy today.

The award recognizes the efforts of an individual or couple who have significantly contributed to philanthropy in the region through their personal giving, volunteerism or work as a professional advising their clients about philanthropy.
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Award in Philanthropy


The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation recognzied their family with the Award in Philanthropy.



BLACF Upcoming Events


Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation Annual Dinner

Celebrating 16 years of Philanthropy in Our Community

July 24th, 2014 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at The Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN

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Confirmed in Compliance with
National Standards
for U.S. Community Foundations