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Charity Challenge Begins, $100K Match Offered

November 22, 2021

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The 21st annual Charity Challenge kicks off today! The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation in-partnership with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation will host the Charity Challenge. The Skalicky Foundation is once again offering up to a $100,000 match for every dollar donated to three area food shelves this holiday season.

WACF Opens Community Impact Grant Round

November 12, 2021

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today the opening of their annual community impact grant round. The WACF seeks to fund programs that focus on three different areas: addressing the opportunity 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 Community Impact Grant Round will be open for applications from November 15th, 2021 to January 15th, 2022. For additional information and the online application, visit and select "WACF Community Impact Grant Round".

New Members Join CMCF Board of Directors

November 11, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – Two new members have joined the Central Minnesota Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. Clare Richards and Scott Warzecha will each serve a three-year term on the board, beginning November 2021.

Local Programming Awarded Over $47,000 from Alexandria Area Community Foundation

October 27, 2021

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) announced today that $47,200 has been awarded to local programs through the Ruth McDonald Fund and "Difference Maker" grant rounds.

New Peacock Enclosure to Enhance St. Cloud Gardens

October 25, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – Central Minnesota’s iconic gardens along the Mississippi River are getting a major enhancement, with a striking peacock enclosure to enrich St. Cloud’s most scenic area.

Willmar Area Women's Fund Exceeds Campaign Goal

October 06, 2021

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Women’s Fund (WAWF), an initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), has raised $57,240 in their 2021 Willmar Area Women’s Fund Campaign.

Jeanne Batesole and Vern & Judy Anderson Recognized with Ruth McDonald Award in Philanthropy

October 06, 2021

Alexandria, Minn. – On Monday, September 27th, the Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) hosted their annual philanthropy celebration to honor Jeanne Batesole and Vern & Judy Anderson with the Ruth McDonald Award in Philanthropy (picture below). This is an award given annually to community members who have shown extraordinary support of the community through giving of their time and their resources.

Khai Tran Named Executive Director for the Community Foundation for Carver County

September 29, 2021

Carver County, Minn. – The Community Foundation for Carver County (CFCC) and CommunityGiving are pleased to announce the hiring of Khai Tran as the Executive Director for the Community Foundation for Carver County.

Central Minnesota Special Needs Grant Round Opening

August 30, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – A grant round that helps support those with special needs will be opening next month. The Central Minnesota Special Needs Fund will begin accepting grant applications on September 1, 2021. Grants made through this round support programming that serves those with complex intellectual and physical disabilities. The grant application deadline for the Central Minnesota Special Needs grant is October 31, 2021.

CMCF Names Carrie Abfalter Director of Donor Relations

August 18, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) has a new Director of Donor Relations. Carrie Abfalter will begin in her new role with the foundation in September. Carrie has been a long-time Central Minnesota community member and says she’s excited to take on a role that will further her involvement.