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85 Students Receive Scholarships from Central Minnesota Community Foundation

August 17, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation, in conjunction with CommunityGiving, has awarded $175,250 in academic scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year to 85 students from the upper Midwest.

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation Announces Awards in Philanthropy Recipients

August 13, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Awards in Philanthropy. Debra Leigh will be receiving the ATHENA Award, Melinda Gau will be receiving the Professional Award in Philanthropy and Dennis and Barb Gregory will be receiving the Alex Didier Award in Philanthropy. The CMCF Annual Celebration in Philanthropy Social will take place on Thursday, September 9 from 4:30-7:00pm at the Park Event Center in Waite Park. Reservations can be made at communitygiving.org/events or by calling (877) 253-4380.

CMCF Women's Fund Opens Annual Grant Round

August 02, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its two annual grant rounds. The Central Minnesota Women’s Fund Grant as well as the Julianne Williams Fund Grant rounds will be open through September 30, 2021.

$129,000 Granted to Local Organizations Through Central MN Arts, Difference Maker and Ritsche Youth Grant Rounds

July 26, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – A total of $129,400 has been granted out through three competitive grant rounds offered through the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF). The Central Minnesota Arts, Central Minnesota Difference Maker and Thomas Ritsche Youth Grant Round have awarded a total of 15 grants to local organizations.

Bernick Family Foundation Seeks to Grant $150K

July 01, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – Organizations that support activities and programs to help build youth career skills or help teach them how to live a healthy, active lifestyle are encouraged to apply for a Bernick Family Foundation grant.

CMCF Names Greta Stark-Kraker as Next Executive Director

June 24, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – “Central Minnesota is my hometown, I’ve grown up here in more ways than just one,” says Greta Stark-Kraker, the next Executive Director for the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF). “I believe that everyone should have a seat and a voice at the table, as I step into this new role, my goal is to bring our community together to focus on the greatest needs.”

Women's Fund Dancing with Our Stars Raises Record-Breaking $389K

June 15, 2021

ST. CLOUD, MN – The fifth annual Women’s Fund Presents Dancing with Our Stars came back stronger than ever with a record-breaking event! After a year off due to the pandemic, the event was live-streamed from the Hubert H. Humphrey stage at Saint John’s University on Monday, June 14, 2021. Combined with sponsorships, the event raised a total of $389,428.10 for local organizations that benefit women and girls within a 30-mile radius of St. Cloud. This year’s event featured a dance competition between five local “community stars” who were paired with a professional partner for a chance to win up to a $15,000 grant for the nonprofit program of their choice. The Women’s Fund donated a total of $37,000 in grant money to participants based on their rankings in the competition.

Debra L. Leigh, 2021 ATHENA Award Recipient

June 11, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – Five, six, seven, eight…a woman who has dedicated her career to the performing and visual arts, anti-racism training, leadership development of women, international education and prioritizing the success for under-represented students is the recipient of this year’s ATHENA Award.

Erin Bitzan and Ryan Daniels Join CMCF Board of Directors

October 02, 2020

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation welcomes Erin Bitzan and Ryan Daniels to its Board of Directors. Both Bitzan and Daniels have officially accepted their new positions.

87 Students Receive Scholarships from Central Minnesota Community Foundation

October 01, 2020

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation, in conjunction with CommunityGiving, has awarded $136,050 in academic scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year to 87 students from the upper Midwest.