Community Giving

Group of Children

Click on the individual links below to read more about some of the amazing people making a difference in our communities.

Use the search toolbar for a complete listing of all of our CommunityGiving stories.

enter a partial name, date, or foundation

Lee and Penny Anderson

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.

Read Story

Jim and Linnea Anderson

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.

Read Story

Bruce and Kathy Buxton

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.

Read Story

Kevin Close and Rod Converse

Business partners Kevin Close and Rod Converse received the Brainerd Lakes Area Foundation 2011 Award in Philanthropy for their role in starting the Foundation.

Read Story

Cote Family

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.

Read Story

Robert and LaVonne Danzl

By establishing a donor advised fund through the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, LaVonne Danzl has carried forward her husband Bob's generous spirit.

Read Story

Stacy Erholtz

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.

Read Story

Catherine Gustafson

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.

Read Story

Fran Holden

Long-time Brainerd philanthropist Fran Holden hoped her generosity and philanthropic mindset was an example for others to follow.

Read Story

Paul and Lynn Hunt

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation recognized Paul and Lynn Hunt with the 2013 Award in Philanthropy as BLACF celebrated its 15th anniversary.

Read Story

Arnie and JoAnn Johnson

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.

Read Story

Kathy Kresbach

The family and friends of Kathleen Krebsbach created an education fund at the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation in honored of this beloved teacher.

Read Story

Hope Lindman

​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.

Read Story

Annabelle Loschko

​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.

Read Story

Bernie and Linda Roberts

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.

Read Story

Ron and Darlene Schaefer

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.

Read Story

John Sullivan

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.

Read Story

Joe and Teresa Zeleny

The children of Joe and Teresa Zeleny established an endowed fund after their parents passed away. The fund provides annual support for nine different organizations whose missions were valued by Joe and Teresa.

Read Story