Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

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Brainerd Lakes Area Women's Fund Advisory Board Members

Karen Munsterteiger, Chair
Jill Casper, Past Chair
Leah Boedigheimer
Tammy Bengtson
Kelly Burns
Terri Foster
Lisa Haberman
Cori Reynolds
Kim Rollins
Pam Thomsen


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 (BLAWF) 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.

What is our purpose as a nonprofit organization?

The BLAWF supports innovative solutions to the challenges facing women and girls that improve our community and positively impact the future.

Who do we want to receive the benefit?

  • Women
  • Girls
  • Organizations that serve women and girls

What is the promise we are making?

  • Recognize women who have provided a significant, positive impact to the community
  • Fundraise as a grant conduit to other organizations
  • Provide education programs related to the challenges facing women and girls in our community
  • Serve as a conversation convener to raise awareness of challenges facing women and girls

How do we deliver on our promises in a meaningful way?

  • Women Making Waves event
  • Sustainable fundraising through 365 Giving
  • Presenting Yourself program
  • Forums and focus groups
  • Professional Advisor trainings

Women Making Waves Award

The "Women Making Waves" award recognizes a women who has significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy in the region by their personal and/or professional contributions. It is important that this woman has shared her time, talent and financial resources within the community. The award is presented at our Women's Fund event in the spring of the year.Previous Award Recipients.

To nominate a woman for the "Women Making Waves" award, click here.

2012 - Cheryl Gelbman
2013 - Pam O’Rourke
2014 - Sue Hadland
2015 - Cindy Moore
2016 - Sherri Delahunt
2017 - Pat Alrichter and Marlee Larson
2018 - Joey Halvorson
2019 - Ruthie Gmeinder
2020 - Becky Twamley


Women Making Waves Event

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the Brainerd Women’s Fund will be holding their annual Women Making Waves event at Grand View Lodge.

Becky Twamley Named 2020 Women Making Waves Recipient


For over thirty years Becky has worked locally to increase awareness around reproductive health access and education in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Becky has served on the Health Curriculum Review Board for Independent School District 181 and is a member or has served the following organizations: Central Lakes College Nursing Program & Student Life, The SHOP - Brainerd Baxter Youth Center, Mid-Minnesota Women’s Center, Lutheran Social Services, Port Group Homes, Habitat for Humanity, Northland Arboretum, and with Planned Parenthood until its closing in 2010, also serving on their Education Materials Review Board. As the Executive Director of WeARE, which she helped found in 2017, Becky continues her work through her steadfast, dedicated, unwavering voice moving both education and services forward. WeARE is a clinic that provides reproduction education and healthcare services for youth and young adults in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Becky is a degreed pharmacist with over 30 years of professional experience and also holds a Master of Public Service degree.Becky has family in Brainerd, including her parents and husband Brian, plus one daughter in law school and another daughter currently living in Germany with Becky’s two grandchildren.Becky’s entire family are strong advocates for gender equity and reproductive health education. When not talking contraception and STI prevention, Becky likes to travel, read, cook and practice yoga. She is fearless, forthright, and one who deserves being honored for her dedication and passion for the work benefiting of all and in helping to create a healthy community.

Congratulations Becky on receiving the 2020 Brainerd Lake’s Area Women’s Fund’s Women Making Waves Award!


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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