Willmar Area Community Foundation

Willmar Area Community Foundation News

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.

Willmar Area Community Foundation Announces 2016 Celebration

September 06, 2016

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation invites the community to its annual Award in Philanthropy Celebration on Thursday, October 6, 2016. The Award in Philanthropy Celebration will honor three local recipients who have embodied the spirit of building community through their generous acts.

WACF Approves Elections of Board of Directors for 2016-2017

August 10, 2016

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today approval of the election of Duanie Amundson, Tori Leitch, Jeff Schultz and Chris Newcomer to a first term of three years, Sarah Klaassen to a second term of three years and Diane Shuck to a third term of three years on the Willmar Area Community Foundation Board of Directors. WACF also announced that Diane Schuck has been elected to serve as Secretary and Wayne Nelson has been elected to serve as Treasurer for the board.

Willmar Area Women's Fund Announces 2016 Campaign

June 08, 2016

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Women’s Fund, an initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), announces its 2016 Caring for Women Circle Campaign. This year’s campaign focuses on strengthening organizations that provide services to local victims of homelessness and human sex trafficking.

New London Ambulance Receives $3,500 Grant

May 06, 2016

New London, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation announces that its New London-Spicer Area Fund issued a grant to the New London Ambulance in the amount of $3,500. This grant will be used to purchase an Image Trend Reporting System to increase efficiency and improve quality of emergency care in northern Kandiyohi County.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Awards First Grants

January 22, 2015

New London & Spicer, MN – The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF) of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today it has awarded its first grants totaling $10,000 to benefit four organizations serving northern Kandiyohi County. The Willmar Area Community Foundation established the New London-Spicer Area Fund in 2014 with an anonymous charitable trust gift of $200,000 to be paid out over a seven-year period. The fund has since grown with gifts from local citizens who support this important community resource.

WACF Supports Rice Care Center Expansion

November 11, 2014

The Willmar Area Community Foundation congratulates Rice Care Center on its grand opening. The center completed a $6 million expansion this fall. The Willmar Area Community Foundation provided $200,000 to support the project, earning the naming rights for the kitchen facilities that serve meals each day for all of the residents.

WACF Awards $81,200 to Local Programs

November 21, 2014

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation announced today the awarding of $77,155 in grants to support eight key programs focused on improving the health and vitality of the region. The Community Foundation awarded an additional $4,029 to local arts projects. One of the largest grants of $20,000 in the latest round supports the community’s visioning initiative known as Vision 2040.

The seed funds from WACF for this project will help better position the Greater Willmar Lakes Area as a better place to live, work and play. Another $20,000 grant supports the Bethesda redevelopment to help introduce a new kind of enhanced continuing care retirement community centered on active lifestyles.

New London-Spicer Area Fund Accepts First Grant Requests

October 10, 2014

New London-Spicer Minn. – Twelve northern Kandiyohi County townships in the New London-Spicer area will soon start to benefit from a new grant-making fund. The New London-Spicer Area Fund (NLSAF), established in 2014, will begin accepting online grant applications for grants of $1,000 to $5,000 from October 15 to November 15, 2014.

“This first round of grants from NLSAF is a very exciting new opportunity,” said Nancy Johnson, Spicer resident and coordinator of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), which is helping to administer the new fund. “We have up to $10,000 to award this year. These grants are being made possible by people who have contributed their time and money to establish NLSAF as an important new resource for our community."