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$20,000 Awarded to Local Programming through Central Minnesota Special Needs Fund

January 28, 2020

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced today that $20,000 will be awarded to two local organizations from the recent grant round of the Central Minnesota Special Needs Fund. The Central Minnesota Special Needs Fund's purpose is to support organizations that will serve those with complex intellectual and physical disabilities. This is the first year that this grant round has been open.

Nine Organizations Awarded Grants From the Bernick Family Foundation

January 27, 2020

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Bernick Family Foundation announced today that $150,000 in grants was awarded to organizations and projects within their two key focus areas of youth and education & health and fitness. Eligible organizations were required to be a 501(c)3 organization, school or governmental entity and serve one of the seven regions that Bernick's services.

Charity Challenge Raises $568,622 for Food Shelves

January 21, 2020

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation are pleased to announce that the Charity Challenge raised $568,622 this holiday season to provide much-needed support to food shelves in the St. Cloud area.

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.

Local Programs Supporting Women and Girls Receive $92,500 in Grant Funding

January 08, 2020

St. Cloud, Minn. – The goal of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in the greater St. Cloud region through grants for campaigns and local programs. In August, they launched their 2019-2020 Central Minnesota Women’s Fund and Julianne Williams Fund grant rounds.

Nominations Sought for Annual Award in Philanthropy

November 27, 2019

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) is seeking nominations for its annual Award in Philanthropy, which will be presented at the foundation's annual dinner on July 9, 2020 at Grand View Lodge. The Award in Philanthropy recognizes an individual or a couple who have significantly contributed to the field of philanthropy in the region either through their personal philanthropy, their work as a volunteer or their work as a professional advising their clients about philanthropy. The BLACF has given this award since 2005 as a way to honor those working to build a better community and inspire the next generation of philanthropic leaders.

The Tradition Continues for the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation

November 18, 2019

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, and the St. Cloud Metro Area are excited to start the 19th annual Charity Challenge. Many local food shelves are dependent on the Charity Challenge, especially around this time of year when there’s an increase in the demand for food in the community. There’s no better way to start this holiday season than by supporting a family in need by donating to a local food shelf.

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 and select "WACF General Grants".

CommunityGiving Receives National Recognition

November 11, 2019

St. Cloud, Minn. – CommunityGiving is pleased to announce that they have recently received reaccreditation with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®, the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, and effective practices for community foundations everywhere. CommunityGiving and its partner foundations have been accredited with the National Standards of U.S. Community Foundations® since 2006.

Holly Witt Named Executive Director of the Alexandria Area Community Foundation

October 17, 2019

Alexandria, Minn. – The Board of Directors of the Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) and CommunityGiving are pleased to announce the hiring of Holly Witt as the Executive Director of the Alexandria Area Community Foundation.