Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation


Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund

Communities flourish when women and children are healthy and well-educated. It's that spirit that led a group of women to start the Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund in 2009.

The Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund aims to enhance the lives of women and girls in the Brainerd Lakes Area and to involve women as leaders and donors in the process. The Women's Fund is part of the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation and is led by a steering committee of community leaders.

Our Vision

The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund envisions a society where women and girls are healthy, well-educated and have the economic means to reach their full potential.


The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund was established in 2009 as a means to enhance the lives of women and girls in the Brainerd Lakes Area, as well as involve women as leaders and donors in the process.

  • The mission of the Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund is to:
  • Encourage philanthropy and help women and girls understand and utilize their giving potential.
  • Support program and initiatives that foster social change and provide women and girls with the necessary resources to change their lives.
  • Expand collaboration and create new community partnerships so that organizations see their services through the eyes of women and girls.
  • Advocate for social and economic improvement for women and girls through education.
  • Strengthen women’s voices in leadership roles.

Created as a committee of the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, the Women’s Fund offers educational workshops, fundraising events, and programming geared toward assisting women and girls in building their personal and financial strengths.


Women Making Waves Event 2017

On Wednesday May 10th, the Brainerd Women’s Fund will be holding our annual Women Making Waves event at Arrowwood Lodge. We will be honoring Pat Altrichter and Marlee Larson as our Woman Making Waves Award Recipients, and donating to two organizations that support women in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Wednesday May 10th, 2017

Arrowwood Lodge
Baxter, MN

5:30PM - Social and Networking
6:00PM - Dinner
7:00PM -Program

To register to attend this event and/or sponsor a table, click here.

DeLaHunt Named 2016 Women Making Waves Recipient

Sherri DeLaHunt was chosen for the award because of her commitment to the community through her immense volunteer work and her enthusiasm for giving back to others.

An educator for over 30 years, Sherri spent the first 15 years of her teaching career at the Minnesota Learning Center, a residential treatment center, on the campus of the Brainerd Regional Center, working with children and adolescents with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. She spent 19 years as a special education teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Brainerd. Sherri retired in 2006, but continues to consult with the Paul Bunyan Educational Cooperative, assessing children for special education services, mentoring new teachers and providing training on assessment and due process.

She has enjoyed many volunteer opportunities and credits her parents for setting the example of a life of service for her and her sibling. Sherri currently serves as President of the Brainerd Area Retired Educators and the local Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary women educators’ organization, where she also serves as chair of the International Living Memorial Scholarship committee, which promotes world understanding through foreign travel and study. Sherri also volunteers with many organizations including Friends of the Brainerd Public Library, Lakes Area Music Festival and Susan G. Komen Brainerd Lakes Area Race for the Cure. Sherri has often stated, ‘When I am on my way to a meeting or event as a volunteer, I am going to be of service to others. When I am on my way home, I know I am the one who was served. A life of service is a life well lived!’


Empowering, sustaining, nurturing and connection. Our vision can't happen wihout your support. Contact us today to see how you can volunteer, contribute and make a difference in the lives of women and girls in the Lakes Area.

For more information about the Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund, email us at

If you are interested in volunteering for the Women's Fund or are in need of the services we provide, please complete the information below and someone will get back to you within 24-48 hours. If you need an immediate response please call 877-253-4380.

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