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Long-time educator Elaine Adams' support help launched Willmar Women's Fund in 2009 and additional donations after her death in 2014 benefited 20 organizations.
Affiliated Community Medical Center was presented with the 2015 Community Builder Award from the Willmar Area Community Foundation for their significant philanthropic contributions in the region.
Jim and Linnea Anderson, Brainerd graduates and the owners of Anderson Brothers Construction, were the recipients of the 2016 Award in Philanthropy from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation.
Jerome "Jerry" Anderson was the 2016 Marv Otto Award recipient from the Willmar Area Community Foundation for the lasting legacy his generous estate gifts have left in our community.
The Harold and Jeanette Anderson family has given generously to many causes in the St. Cloud area and beyond, establishing a number of funds at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation to help them accomplish their charitable goals.
Lee and Penny Anderson were the recipients of the BLACF 2015 Award in Philanthropy and recognized for the passion for education, medical science and veterans.
Cheryl Lightle of Creative Memories, and Lee M. Morgan, President of the Antioch Company, were an example for other companies in the late 1990s to do charitable giving through the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
Created in June 1997 with an initial gift of $400,000, the Lewis T. and Viola Ness Ausherman Foundation fund is a permanent endowed fund which benefits designated charities, primarily located in Willmar area.
Viola Ausherman's initial $400,000 gift helped to launch the Willmar Area Community Foundation in 1998. The retired teacher described her donation to set up the first fund as “just a little help.”
Maxine Barnett, long-time leader of a St. Cloud women's shelter, was the recipient of the 2013 ATHENA award and the Women's Fund renamed their education fund in her honor.
Jerry and Elaine Bauerly believe "there's a certain magic in giving" and are passing along their philanthropic beliefs to the children and grandchildren.
A passion for education and kids first brought Dorothy Becker to the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. As a longtime school volunteer, mother of six children and former elementary educator, she knew a child’s success in the classroom depended upon the home environment.
Central Minnesota communities are made richer by generations of families like the Behms. Luella and Marvin Behm set a strong philanthropic example for their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to follow.
Central Minnesota communities are made richer by generations of families like the Behms. Luella and Marvin Behm set a strong philanthropic example which is being followed by their son Ken and his wife, Alix who set up a donor advised fund in 2003.
Financial consultant Jan Bensen received the 2009 ATHENA Award from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
Bernick’s has a long tradition of investing in its local communities. The fourth-generation family-owned business donates five percent of its net profits and supports over 100 causes each year.
Dick and Mimi Bitzan were the 2016 Alex Didier Award in Philanthropy Recipients from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
Harold Bjur, an Atwater farmer, established a scholarship fund at the Willmar Area Community Foundation for students from First Baptist Church of Grove City and the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School.
The Otto Bremer Foundation provided the initial grant in 1998 to help establish the Willmar Area Community Foundation.
Long-time St. Cloud surgeon Frank Brown and his wife Alice, founder of Birthline, established a fund at CMCF on June 29, 2000.
Long-time supporters of many charities in the Alexandria area, Fred and Terri Bursch established a donor advised fund in 2011 which has eased their charitable giving process.
Pete and Audrey Bursch were active and generous residents of the Alexandria community. After their passing, their children set up a donor advised fund to continue to support their passion for theater and arts.
A commitment to serve and make a difference earned Kathy and Bruce Buxton the 2008 Award in Philanthropy from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation.
Barb Carlson, long-time Central Minnesota Community Foundation donor relations director, received the 2013 President's Award for her strength in making connections and earning the trust of many.
The Cathedral High School Education Foundation fund was created in 1990 to assist in carrying out the mission of Cathedral High School by providing scholarships to students.
For their many contributions to the community, the Willmar Area Community Foundation recognized John and Conni with the 2009 Award in Philanthropy.
Some legacies are of brick and mortar, some fund scholarships, and some create and sustain beauty for all to enjoy. The Clemens Garden in southeast St. Cloud is one such example of sustained beauty that Bill and Virginia Clemens established in 1990.
Son Mark Coborn established fund in 2003 in honor of his parents, Bill and Joyce, to help Coborn's employees further their education.
Business partners Kevin Close and Rod Converse received the Brainerd Lakes Area Foundation 2011 Award in Philanthropy for their role in starting the Foundation.
The Cote family, owner of Grand View Lodge, received the 2010 Award in Philanthropy from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, recognizing their long-term commitment to community causes in the Brainerd Lakes area.
The Willmar Area Community Foundation remembers Alice for her generosity. She died Dec. 29, 2011 at the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, just a couple months after being formally recognized for her impact in the Willmar area. The Foundation honored Alice and her late husband, Joe, in October with the 2011 Award in Philanthropy.
By establishing a donor advised fund through the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, LaVonne Danzl has carried forward her husband Bob's generous spirit.
Alex Didier, president of the First American National Bank in the 1970s, was instrumental in the development and growth of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. He died in May 2010 but his legacy lives on.
Bob and Patti Dols of Willmar received the 2015 Award in Philanthropy for their charitable support and volunteer leadership toward a wide array of efforts within Kandiyohi County.
Nancy Ehlen has had a donor advised fund at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation since 2005. After her passing, her charitable remainder trust will allow her to extend her current giving to organizations that reflect her values and priorities.
Stacy Erholtz received live measles virus as a treatment to kill the multiple myeloma cancer cells in her body. In June 2014, Stacy started a fund with the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation to serve as a catalyst to raise necessary funds to assist in manufacturing this treatment.
Merle and Kathy Felling, residents of Sauk Centre and owners of Felling Trailers, have been driven by their faith to give back their community. They established the Felling Family Partnership Fund in December 2015, the first for the Sauk Centre Area Community Foundation.
The Bob and Nancy Ferche Family Fund was set up to share the wealth and blessings that they received through 30 years of ownership of Ferche Millwork.
Keith Finstad was the 2016 Professional Award in Philanthropy recipient from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
Connecting resources is a part of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation mission, and the Friends of the Gardens is a great example of how CMCF works to bring resources together in the St. Cloud area..
The Willmar Area Community Foundation recognized Gary and Nancy Geiger's dedication to numerous local causes by awarding them the 2008 Award in Philanthropy.
Walt and Raeanna Gislason's childhood examples from their parents set the tone for their approach to philanthropy which now includes service and generosity as a part of their adult lives. For this, they received the 2007 Award in Philanthropy from the Willmar Area Community Foundation.
Ben and Dorothy Gorecki were recognized in 2012 with the Alex Didier Award in Philanthropy from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation for truly setting a new standard for charitable giving in the community.
Dr. Leslie R. Green was the 2016 President's Award recipient from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
Lynn Grewing was the 2016 ATHENA Award recipient from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
After selling their majority ownership in GeoComm in downtown St. Cloud, Tom and Janet Grones opened a donor advised fund in 2013 which has allowed them to leverage tax benefits and do more to support their favorite causes.
Catherine Gustafson designed a donor advised fund which was funded at her death and named her three daughters as advisors for the fund. They focus their giving on children and health issues.
Dr. Halenbeck championed his education-focused philanthropy by forming two trusts in 1957 and 1981, respectively. Both funds were transferred to the Central Minnesota Community Foundation in 1989 and are used give aid to students with financial need and good academic records.
Americans will long remember the fall of 2005 and the damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Through the Hattiesburg Community Partnership established at CMCF, Central Minnesotans donated more than $236,000.
The Odette Hedlund Memorial Scholastic Fund was established by her family for graduates of Willmar High School to pursue a degree in science or mathematics.
Pat and Shelley Hedlund are sisters who share a faith and many values that were passed on to them by their parents, Ralph and Odette Hedlund. They are creating a family legacy of philanthropy through the Ralph and Odette Hedlund Family Fund.
Leo Hinkemeyer discovered the Central Minnesota Community Foundation through his financial and legal advisors and in 1996 established the Leo T. Henkemeyer Fund to benefit a variety of charitable organizations throughout Central Minnesota.
Heritage Bank was the recipient of the 2016 Community Builder Award from the WACF because of their long legacy of giving back to the community through making charitable donations and volunteering a cornerstone of their organization.
Every once in a while, we unexpectedly meet that one person who changes the way we look at the world and helps shape our understanding of life. For many, that person was Andy Hilger.
Established by his family, the David Hodnefield Scholarship Fund was opened in 1997. The fund encourages individuals and groups to pursue agricultural education and to support youth ministry.
Long-time Brainerd philanthropist Fran Holden hoped her generosity and philanthropic mindset was an example for others to follow.
The Cody Foundation was established in honor of Cody Hulst, who died from cancer at age six. The foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of children’s cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and making life a little easier for the children and their families.
The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation recognized Paul and Lynn Hunt with the 2013 Award in Philanthropy as BLACF celebrated its 15th anniversary.
Small business owners Arnie and JoAnn Johnson received the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation’s 2009 Award in Philanthropy for their commitment to the community.
The Central Minnesota Community Foundation helped the family of Tom Keating, a beloved educator from Foley, set up the Tom Keating Foundation Fund to honor his memory and continue his work with youth at risk.
The Brian Klinefelter Scholarship Fund is given to students enrolled in a post-secondary education program to prepare for a career in law enforcement.
Kevin and Amy Kluesner, who opened a donor advised fund with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation in 2006, found the experience to be very organized and convenient and recommend it to others who want to practice philanthropy.
Accountant Bob Kovell has turned his love for running into a platform for raising money that supports causes he loves.
The family and friends of Kathleen Krebsbach created an education fund at the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation in honored of this beloved teacher.
In 2012, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation recognized Steve with the Professional Award in Philanthropy for his commitment to working with his clients on their philanthropy while continuously donating his own time and financial resources.
Dorrie and Scott established a fund at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation in 2014 while they were still "relatively young" to support hunger and basic needs, education and performing arts.
Reynold and Eleanor Larson made a generous gift to the Willmar Area Community Foundation's Unrestricted Fund and established the Reynold W. and Eleanor D. Larson Fund to support such charities as the Billy Graham Crusade and other endeavors as designated by estate administration.
Each year 40-45 education majors receive scholarships through a fund that Long-time educator Evelyn Lenander established in 1989.
Recognizing the Linder family's belief that personal and professional success is measured by how much is given to others, the Willmar Area Community Foundation honored them with the 2010 with the Award in Philanthropy.
Hope Lindman prefers to give anonymously, but spurred by the thought that her example could prompt others to support the Lakes Area Police Chaplaincy, she agreed to be acknowledged.
John and Mary Lindstrom are the 2016 Award in Philanthropy recipients from the Willmar Area Community Foundation. John and Mary are active in their community through a number of organizations and believe that the key to building community is to eliminate barriers and connect people.
Annabelle's Fund was established by her parents, Mark and Elle Loschko, after her death in 2002 to support organizations like Caring Bridge and Campy Odayin, a camp for children with heart disease.
The Willmar Area Community Foundation recognized Jim and Colleen Thompson Michels with the 2014 Award in Philanthropy for their professional contributions and service-oriented perspective.
Marion and Jim Miller appreciate the flexibility their donor advised fund gives them when making their charitable donations.
In April 2007, Louise Muggli first established a donor advised fund at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation to make her annual charitable giving easy. Later she became a part of the Foundation’s Legacy Society for her estate plans.
Brian and Karla Myres established their family fund in 2000 with a goal of improving the quality of community life and inspiring others to give.
Bob and Marilyn Obermiller received the 2011 Alex Didier Award in Philanthropy from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
Marv Otto established two funds to honor his two wives: Hazel, who died in the 1960s and Gladys who died in 1999. Marv died in 2009 at the age of 92, but his legacy continues through bequests he made through the Willmar Area Community Foundation.
The memory of Josh Palke, a 14-year-old student who loved the outdoors, lives on through the Joshua Palke Scholarship Fund which opened in 2004 and supports student scholarships.
Kay Pattison is one of many individuals, families and corporations who have established a donor-advised fund, which provides an opportunity for the donor to suggest grant distributions from their named funds.
In March 2013, long-time Alexandria residents Rick and Sandy Paulsen created a donor advised fund with the Alexandria Community Foundation to make the most of the advantages of giving appreciated securities.
Tom Reif's family established the Thomas J. Reif Memorial Scholarship Fund after he passed away in 2015. Many friends and associates have contributed to the fund which awards scholarships to graduates of Alexandria Area High School who are student athletes and leaders.
Molly Renslow was honored the Central Minnesota Community Foundation with the 2012 ATHENA Award for her leadership role in establishing the Women's Fund.
The State Bank of Richmond established a fund in 1987 to further charitable and community purposes including scholarships to Richmond high school seniors.
When Tom Ritsche was growing up in St. Cloud, there were few activities for children to participate in. So when Tom sold his business in the mid-1990s and had the opportunity to give back to youth, he made sure it would have a lasting impact -- he established a $2 million endowed fund in 1995 to help central Minnesota youth.
Bernie and Linda Roberts were selected as the 2007 Award in Philanthropy recipients from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) and recognized for their philanthropic leadership. They also established a donor advised fund in March 1999.
Retired Schaefer Fan owners, Ron and Darlene established a fund with Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation to benefit the homeless, youth at risk, animals and women in transition.
School Allies is a nonprofit organization, funded in part by the School Allies Fund at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. The goal of the fund is to “enhance teaching and learning in private, elementary schools in Central Minnesota by providing shared access to digital knowledge, management tools.”
Tax accountant Chris Shorba received the 2013 Award in Philanthropy from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation for his tireless support of the community, especially the arts.
Dr. Lachlan and the Honorable Kathryn Smith received the 2013 Award in Philanthropy from the Willmar Area Community Foundation for giving extensive time, energy and resources to many local nonprofits.
Jim Stigman turned to the Central Minnesota Community Foundation to open the Katie's Club donor advised fund in November 2005, in honor of his late wife. The fund's proceeds help young women and girls.
The Willmar Area Community Foundation recognized Jennie-O with the 2014 Community Builder Award for significantly contributing to the field of philanthropy in the region. Organizations within the Kandiyohi County community and beyond greatly benefit from the company’s significant corporate giving and support of employee volunteerism.
The Willmar Area Community Foundation recognized the Roger and Kay Strand, long-time Willmar residents, with 2012 Award in Philanthropy.
John Sullivan, one of the founders of the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, received the foundation's inaugural Award in Philanthropy at the foundation's annual dinner in July 2004.
In 2013, when the Central Minnesota Community Foundation shared an opportunity to make a difference for an entire elementary school, Mark and Ann Thelen were happy to help.
Retired St. Cloud business owners Mark and Ann Thelen have found working with CMCF to be easy, efficient and rewarding.
Thesing, co-owner of Lakes Printing in Brainerd, received the 2012 Award in Philanthropy from the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation for his commitment to giving back in business and life.
Bob and JoAnn Thueringer established a donor advised fund on December 26, 2012 which helped them take full advantage of the tax law changes that made donating stock favorable from a financial perspective.
Lee and Mary Torborg established three funds in the 1980's and 1990's, primarily to support parochial education in the St. Cloud area.
George and Shirley Torrey have been successful in business, life and family. Their hard work has reaped rewards that they wanted to return to the community that supported them.
Long-time educator Dr. Pat Welter received the 2014 ATHENA award from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.
The Brad and Kathy Wheelock Family Fund allows the couple to give generously to their community and enables their children to do the same.
Bob and Penny White believe in giving back to Central Minnesota through leadership, service and financial support of causes and community initiatives.
St. Cloud residents Dan and Judy Whitlock donated their home to Quiet Oaks Hospice House through the Minnesota Real Estate Foundation, a supporting organizations of CMCF.
The Julianne Williams Fund was established to honor the life of Julianne Marie Williams who died in 1996 at the age of 24. The fund's goal is to empower girls and young women through outdoor activities.
The CMCF Women's Fund gave Hands Across the World for its storytelling project which aims to foster awareness and acceptance of a culture often unfamiliar to central Minnesota-born citizens.