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Local Foundation Receives Funding from Statewide Relief Efforts Amid COVID-19 Crisis

April 02, 2020

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) is pleased to announce that they, in partnership with CommunityGiving, have recently received a grant of $22,900 through the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for coronavirus relief. This funding, along with contributions to the Willmar Area Response Fund, will be used to support local relief efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic which will include wide-scale initiatives to help meet critical basic needs as well as sustaining local organizations providing critical services through recovery. The Willmar Area Response Fund has raised $77,415 as of April 1st.

Willmar Area Community Foundation Grants $50,00 to the Willmar Area Response Fund

March 23, 2020

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) today initiated their support of the Willmar Area Response Fund with a grant of $50,000. The purpose of the fund is to support the local community in times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will focus on wide-scale community initiatives to help meet daily needs of our community and help to sustain our local non-profit organizations with post-emergency calls of action. To make a contribution to the fund, visit https://www.communitygiving.org/donate/willmar-area-response-fund.

Willmar Area Response Fund to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

March 19, 2020

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today the establishment of the Willmar Area Response Fund. The purpose of the fund is to support the local community in times of crisis, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. To make a contribution to the fund, visit https://www.communitygiving.org/donate/willmar-area-response-fund.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Awards to Five Northern Kandiyohi Programs

January 13, 2020

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) announces investments totaling $15,100 in their recent grant round. NLSAF awarded grants to five local programs in the Northern Kandiyohi County area that support their focus areas of arts, healthy communities and lifestyles, environment, large-scale and sustainable initiatives, and special collaborations. “Our committee continues to be honored to support projects and programs that not only strengthen our community, but create opportunity for everyone” says NLSAF board chair, Clark Vollan.

WACF Opens Grant Round

November 15, 2019

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today the opening of their annual grant round. The WACF seeks to fund programs that focus on three different areas this year: addressing the achievement gap for youth, increasing community connections and welcoming diverse populations, and supporting productive aging. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, school, or government entity who serve residents of Kandiyohi County. The WACF General Grant Round will be open for applications from November 15th, 2019 to January 15th, 2020. For additional information and the online application, visit www.communitygiving.org/grants and select "WACF General Grants".

In the Glow of Gratitude: Willmar Area Community Foundation's Award in Philanthropy Celebration

October 01, 2019

Willmar, Minn. - The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) invites you to join in on basking in the glow of gratitude at their Awards in Philanthropy Celebration on Thursday, October 10th, at 5:30pm at the Willmar Conference Center. This year WACF shines light on Roger and Ruth Gauquie with the 2019 Award in Philanthropy for their inspiring generosity and volunteerism which continues to help strengthen our community and create opportunity for the Willmar area. The 2019 Community Builder will be presented to West Central Sanitation for engaging employees with community building and stewarding principles that helps support each Kandiyohi County community and beyond. Lastly, the spotlight hits Dorothy Brown with the Marv Otto Award for her legacy estate gift that has now become the largest Willmar Civic Scholarship Association and WACF scholarship available for Willmar High School seniors pursuing an elementary education major.

Willmar Area Women’s Fund Exceeds Fundraising Goal

September 27, 2019

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Women’s Fund (WAWF), an initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), announces it has exceeded its fundraising goal to help the efforts to deter sexual exploitation and trafficking in Kandiyohi County. Through generous community donations and the efforts of 37 campaigners, the Fund exceeded its goal of $50,000 and raised a total of $70,741. This annual campaign began on June 10, 2019, and the final total was revealed at the Caring for Women Campaign Luncheon on September 26, 2019.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Grant Round Open

September 03, 2019

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) has announced the annual opening of their grant round. The NLSAF seeks to fund programs that fit within the categories of arts, healthy communities and lifestyles, environment and large-scale and sustainable initiatives. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, school or government entity who serves the 12 northern townships of Kandiyohi County. The deadline for grant applications is November 1st. For more information about the grant round and to apply, visit www.communitygiving.org/grants and select “WACF - New London-Spicer Area Fund Grant”.

Willmar Area Community Foundation Grants to 13 Programs, Including First Ever Difference Maker Grant of $50,000

May 02, 2019

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) is pleased to announce awards of $189,000 to 13 local programs. 11 of these programs were awarded from the 2018-2019 WACF General Grant Round. The three focus areas of the grant round were for projects that addressed the achievement gap for youth, increased community connections or welcoming diverse populations and to support productive aging.

New London-Spicer Area Community Fund Announces Investments Totaling $14,000

January 10, 2019

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) announces investments totaling $14,000 in their recent grant round. NLSAF awarded grants to eight local programs in the Northern Kandiyohi County area that support their focus areas of arts, healthy communities and lifestyles, environment, large-scale and sustainable initiatives, and special collaborations. “Our organization is pleased to support projects and programs that continue to strengthen Northern Kandiyohi and benefit our neighbors” says NLSAF board chair, Clark Vollan.