Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation News

Dutch and Irma Cragun to Receive BLACF 2019 Award in Philanthropy

May 24, 2019

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation’s (BLACF) Board of Directors announced this year's Award in Philanthropy recipients are Dutch and Irma Cragun. The Craguns have displayed a passion for helping others and bettering our community. They have been involved in numerous community fundraisers and assisted with the growth and development of the Brainerd Lakes Area and our tourism industry.

State of The Lakes Area Event Scheduled For Seasonal Residents

May 24, 2019

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) is sponsoring The State of The Lakes Area on June 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Grand View Lodge’s new North Boutique Hotel in Nisswa, MN. This event is for seasonal residents to hear from several key organizations first-hand about what’s happening in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Funding Available to Address Workforce/Opportunity Gap

November 15, 2018

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) announced today that their annual Brainerd Lakes Area Grant round is now accepting applications. The BLACF has focused this year's grant round on supporting programs and projects that help develop, attract and retain a quality workforce for the Brainerd Lakes area now and in the future. Grant application deadline is January 15th, 2019. For additional information and to apply, visit www.communitygiving.org/grants and select "Brainerd Lakes Area Grant".

Doug Arndt Family Fund Gifts Impact The Brainerd Lakes Area

October 30, 2018

Brainerd, Minn. – Elaine Arndt, a resident of Minnetonka and Gull Lake continued to make an impact, even after her passing on July 18th, 2018. Preceded in death by husband, Doug Arndt Sr. and survived by three children, they loved helping others and felt it was imperative to lend a hand when possible to build community.

Millner to Serve on BLACF Board of Directors

July 26, 2018

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) announced today that Rene Millner has joined the the board of directors, effective July 1. Millner is an attorney with Breen and Person, Ltd. and specializes in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardian and conservatorship and business law. Millner moved to the Brainerd Lakes area in 2000. The BLACF board of directors also approved current board chair Tom Anderson to serve a second three-year term.

Ruttger Family to Receive Award in Philanthropy from Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

July 02, 2018

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce this year's Award in Philanthropy recipients will be the Ruttger Family. Chris, Joanne, Ann and Jack Ruttger have displayed a strong sense of community and a passion for helping others.

Local Projects To Receive Grant Funding from Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

April 27, 2018

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the grant recipients of their 2017-2018 grant round. Six local projects, plus four performing arts organizations will be receiving funding, totaling $85,000. Programs that focus on workforce issues were targeted. Eligible organizations were 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, schools or government entities that serve Crow Wing and southern Cass counties.

Funding Available to Workforce Development Programs

November 15, 2017

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) announced today that their annual Brainerd Lakes Area Grant round is now accepting applications. The BLACF has focused this year's grant round on supporting programs and projects that help develop, attract and retain a quality workforce for the Brainerd Lakes area now and in the future. Grant application deadline is January 15th. For additional information and to apply, visit www.communitygiving.org/grants and select "Brainerd Lakes Area Grant".

BLACF Adds Three New Board Members

October 16, 2017

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) announced today the addition of three new members to their Board of Directors

BLACF Announces 2017 Award in Philanthropy Recipient

May 11, 2017

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) Board of Directors and CommunityGiving are pleased to announce their 2017 Award in Philanthropy recipient, Stewart C. Mills, Jr.