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Hear updates from local organizations such as Essentia Health, Brainerd Public Schools, the National Loon Center, Lakes Area Music Festival, the Central Lakes College and the Brainerd Chamber.
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See a full list of available grants offered through the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation
Discover the impact local funds are having on the Brainerd Lakes Area and learn how you can start your own!
DonorCentral is a secured site that allows you to access fund information and valuable grantmaking services.
Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) has been working for 20 years to provide innovative ways for area residents and businesses to give back to their community. As an affiliate partner of CommunityGiving, we are able to provide a wide variety of services to our donors, their professional advisors, and area non-profit organizations as we all work together to create a lasting impact on our community.
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– Sir Winston Churchill
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BLACF Legacy Stories
For inspiration for your own fund, look to some of our BLACF donors’ Legacy Stories. Here are a few samples.
Gustafson Family Foundation Fund
Catherine Gustafson and her husband, Joe, lived their entire married life in the Brainerd area where they raised three daughters – Greta, Joni and Lisa while Joe worked in real estate development.
Catherine died in April 2008 at the age of 94. She had set up a donor advised fund with Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation to be funded at her death and advised by her three daughters. The fund is focused on children and health issues.