Willmar Area Community Foundation

Willmar Area Community Foundation News

Willmar Area Community Foundation’s 20th Anniversary and Awards in Philanthropy Celebration

September 13, 2018

Willmar, MN – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) invites the community to join their 20th Anniversary and Awards in Philanthropy celebration on Thursday, October 11th, at 5:30pm at the Willmar Conference Center. This year WACF will recognize their Founding Board of Directors with the 2018 Award in Philanthropy for increasing community philanthropy to benefit Kandiyohi County communities. The 2018 Community Builder Award will be given to Marcus Construction for its extensive support to our community vitality through corporate support, partnerships, and employee engagement. In addition, WACF will honor Chad and Angie Koosman for “Celebrate the Light of the World” with the second Innovative Impact Award noting their dedication and creativity in raising awareness and donations in the local Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. The Marv Otto Award will be given to the late Dorothy Timm Meili to honor her charitable legacy.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Grant Round Open

August 31, 2018

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) 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 serve in 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”.

21 Local Students Receive Scholarships from Willmar Area Community Foundation

August 29, 2018

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), in conjunction with CommunityGiving, is pleased to announce that 21 students from Willmar and the surrounding areas received $39,925 in academic scholarships for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

Lindquist Elected to WACF Board of Directors

July 27, 2018

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today the election of Andrew Lindquist to serve on the board of directors. Lindquist is the Director of Project Management at Marcus Construction. His wife, Jen and three children, live in rural Kandiyohi. He is a part of the Vision 2040 Leadership Design Team and program graduate, and was on the Willmar Playground Executive Team, a Construction Captain and Build Captain.

Willmar Area Community Foundation Grants Over $129,000 to Local Organizations

May 21, 2018

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) is pleased to announce today the grant recipients of their 2017-2018 grant round. Ten projects were chosen to receive a total of $129,450 in funding. The three focus areas of the grant round were for projects that addressed the achievement gap for youth, increased community connections and welcoming diverse populations and to support productive aging.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Awards $16,000 to Local Programs

January 24, 2018

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) announced the recipients of their recent grant round. NLSAF awarded $16,000 in grant funding to six local programs. NLSAF chose to award grants to projects that fit within the categories of arts, healthy communities and lifestyles, environment and large-scale and sustainable initiatives. "As an organization, we are excited to be supporting these programs that continue to help our community thrive" says NLSAF board chair, Clark Vollan.

Local Arts Programming Receives Support

December 04, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – Local arts programming is being given a financial boost after the recent Willmar Area Community Foundation Arts Fund grant round. Five programs will be receiving funding with over $5,000 being awarded. The programs range from orchestra music to art exploration for kids. Sara Carlson, executive director of the Willmar Area Community Foundation stated, "Encouraging creative and artistic outlets for all ages is an important aspect of making our community the best it can be. There are many great opportunities to explore the arts in our community and we are excited to support them."

Willmar Area Women's Fund Reaches Impact Goal

November 21, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Women’s Fund, an initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), announces it has met its fundraising goal to help continue existing and create new anti-trafficking efforts in Kandiyohi County. The Fund granted $23,000 to Safe Avenues and Lutheran Social Services in September to help them continue their work against local human trafficking. This partnership focuses on direct victim assistance as well as increasing awareness of and preventing trafficking.

WACF Opens Grant Round

November 15, 2017

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. For additional information and the online application, visit www.communitygiving.org/grants and select "WACF General Grants".

WACF Approves Elections of Board of Directors for 2017-2018

October 24, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today the election of new board members and approval of additional terms for other board members.