Fund Name: Steve and Nancy Linder Family Fund
Fund Established: December 20, 2007
Community Foundation(s): Willmar Area
Award: 2010 Award in Philanthropy from the Willmar Area Community Foundation
The generosity of the Linder family spans the generations beginning with Harry W. Linder, a man with vision and a deep sense of commitment. He founded Lakeland Broadcasting Company in 1939 when there were only 800 radio stations in the United States. KWLM went on the air in 1940 and has been serving the Willmar area ever since.
Harry and his wife Irene worked together with their sons Bill and Don to expand the radio business and start new ones, including Minnesota Electric Supply Co., Business Music Inc. and the Linder Farm Network. Harry’s grandsons operate the businesses today. Steve is President of Lakeland Broadcasting Company in Willmar, Dave is President of Business Music, and Don’s son, John, is President of Minnesota Valley Broadcasting in Mankato.
But they never lost sight of the importance and responsibility of service and philanthropy. They believe that generous giving creates a prosperous environment for business, employees, families and communities and that success is measured by how much is given to others.
The Willmar Area Community Foundation recognized the Linder family for that spirit in 2010 with the Award in Philanthropy.