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Women’s Fund ‘Dancing With Our Stars’ Event Pulls in Over $648K

June 13, 2022

St. Cloud, Minn. – Back in-person this year at the College of Saint Benedict, the Women’s Fund Presents: Dancing with Our Stars Live event has raised more funds than ever before. The event was held in the Escher Auditorium and gathered a crowd of more than 650 people. Funds raised by dancers and charities, combined with event sponsorships ($168,650) the event raised $480,242.50 for local organizations that benefit women and girls within a 30-mile radius of St. Cloud.

Geri Bechtold, 2022 ATHENA Award Recipient

June 06, 2022

St. Cloud, Minn. – An ambassador for youth, a mentor to young women, and a woman who is described by her peers as being the heart and soul of the nonprofit to which she’s dedicated her life’s work, Geri Bechtold is this year’s ATHENA Award recipient.

Rural Poverty and Programs Grant Round Opening

April 01, 2022

St. Cloud, Minnesota — The Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the Initiative Foundation jointly announced today that they are now accepting grant applications for the 2022 Rural Poverty Grant Round. The two foundations, in partnership, have made $20,000 available to grant to area nonprofits, schools and government agencies who are working to develop solutions and implement programs that alleviate poverty in rural areas. The deadline to submit online applications is midnight on June 30, 2022.

Central MN Difference Maker Grant Round Opening

March 01, 2022

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation is opening its Difference Maker grant round on March 1, 2022. The goal of this grant round is to help fund projects or initiatives that will bring about a lasting, positive change in Central Minnesota. Application deadline for the grant round is April 30, 2022.

Women's Fund Seeking Nominations for ATHENA Award

March 01, 2022

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation is seeking nominations for the ATHENA Award which is presented to a woman who has an extended history achieving excellence in her career and inspires others in the St. Cloud area. Nominations for this award will be accepted through April 29, 2022 and the recipient will be honored at the Women’s Fund ATHENA Luncheon this coming summer.

Central MN Special Needs Fund Awards $20K to Local Programs

February 02, 2022

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Special Needs Fund has awarded $20,000 to two local organizations, through its recent grant round. The fund is supported by the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF).

Central Minnesota Arts Grant Round Now Open

February 01, 2022

St. Cloud, Minn. – A grant round that works to expand the arts in Central Minnesota is now open. The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) has opened their annual Central Minnesota Arts Grant round, as of February 1, 2022.

Bernick Family Foundation Awards $150K in Grants

January 28, 2022

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Bernick Family Foundation announced today that $150,000 in grants was awarded to organizations and projects that go toward supporting youth, education and health and wellness programs within Central Minnesota. Eligible organizations were required to be a 501(c)3 organization, school or governmental entity and serve one of the seven regions that Bernick's services.

Women's Fund Presents: Dancing with Our Stars 2022 Line-Up

January 24, 2022

St. Cloud, Minn. – Let’s waltz into this exciting news together! The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation has finalized this year’s Dancing With Our Stars line-up!

2021 Charity Challenge Raises Over Half Million Dollars

January 10, 2022

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – During this season of giving, the annual Charity Challenge has raised more than $540,000, including a $100,000 match from the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation.