Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

Group of Children

Award in Philanthropy

This award recognizes the efforts of an individual, couple, or family who have significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy in the region—either through their personal philanthropy, their work as a volunteer, or through their work as a professional in advising their clients about philanthropy.

The Award in Philanthropy was created in an effort to honor those who work to build a better community and inspire the next generation of philanthropic leaders.

2016 BLACF Award in Philanthropy Nomination Form




Owners of Anderson Brothers Construction, Jim and Linnea Anderson believe in philanthropy and have a history of volunteering and helping the community in so many ways. They feel that volunteering is the heart of building community and they like to focus their generosity on families and children, environment preservation and economic development.

Click here to watch the Anderson's award video.

Past Honorees

  • 2015 - Lee and Penny Anderson
  • 2013 - Paul and Lynn Hunt
  • 2012 - Kevin Thesing
  • 2011 - Kevin Close and Rod Converse
  • 2010 - The Cote Family
  • 2009 - JoAnn and Arnie Johnson
  • 2008 - Kathy and Bruce Buxton
  • 2007 - Linda and Bernie Roberts
  • 2006 - Fran and Clarence Holden
  • 2005 - John Sullivan