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Bernick Family Foundation Awards $150,000

April 25, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Bernick Family Foundation announced today that it awarded $150,000 in grants focused on enriching the lives of youth and improving health through its fund at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation.

Marlee Larson and Pat Alrichter to be presented the "Women Making Waves" Award

April 07, 2017

Brainerd, Minnesota - For their longtime dedication to education and service in the community, Marlee Larson and Pat Altrichter have been named by the Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund as the 2017 Women Making Waves recipients. These two leaders and friends will be honored at the Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund annual event on May 10.

Kathy Pfeffer Named Executive Director of Alexandria Area Community Foundation

April 07, 2017

Pfeffer comes to the AACF with 20 years of experience as the previous Executive Director of the Alexandria Technical & Community College (ATCC) Foundation. She began her career as an educator where she taught K-12 and some college courses and then transitioned into sales. Pfeffer joined the team at ATCC and under her leadership increased the Foundation’s net worth from $900,000 to over $20 million.Alexandria, Minn. – The Board of Directors of the Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) and CommunityGiving are pleased to announce the hiring of Kathy Pfeffer as the first Executive Director of the Alexandria Foundation.

CommunityGiving Receives National Recognition

March 28, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn. – CommunityGiving is pleased to announce that they have recently received reaccreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence, a process CommunityGiving has completed for the third time in its history. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, and effective practices for community foundations everywhere.

Seeking Nominations for the ATHENA Award by the Women's Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation

March 27, 2017

St. Cloud, MN - The mission of the Athena Award is to recognize and honor central Minnesota women who have achieved excellence in their careers and who inspire others. Criteria for selection include: Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in her business or profession; provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the lives of others in the community; actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Charity Challenge Raises Record $464,000 for Food Shelves

January 18, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation announced today that the Charity Challenge raised a record $464,045 to provide much-needed support for the St. Cloud metro area. The total includes a $100,000 match from the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation. The money raised will benefit the St. Cloud Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and the St. Joseph Community Food Shelves. The Challenge has raised $2,727,098 since it started in 2001.

Women's Fund and Julianne Williams Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation Grant $57,000 to Local Non-Profits

January 18, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Women’s Fund and Julianne Williams Fund of Central Minnesota Community Foundation announced today the recipients of their annual grants, totaling $57,000. The grants were awarded to twelve area organizations focusing on improving the lives of women and girls in central Minnesota.

Charity Challenge Raises Record $442,000 for Food Shelves

January 12, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation announced today that the Charity Challenge raised a record $442,679 to provide much needed support for area food shelves. The Charity Challenge also passed a major milestone this year by cumulatively having raised over $2.2 million for local food shelves since it began in 2001.

WACF Seeks to Invest in Local Programs

January 04, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) is now accepting applications for their spring round of general grants. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, school or government entity who serve residents of Kandiyohi County. The WACF does two grant rounds per year and focuses its grant making primarily on proposals from organizations providing service in the following areas: Youth Initiatives, Productive Aging, Diverse Communities and Vision 2040 endorsed projects. For additional information and the online application, visit www.communitygiving.org/WACF and select "Apply for a Grant".

WACF Awards $99,000 in Grants to Local Organizations

December 16, 2016

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation announced today the recipients of $95,000 in grants to support five key programs and organizations in Kandiyohi County. WACF also awarded an additional $4,000 to support local arts initiatives.