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Noonan, Clark and Bernick Family to Receive Awards at CMCF Annual Dinner

August 21, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation will hold their Annual Dinner on Tuesday, September 11th from 5:00-8:30pm. The celebration will take place at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Three awards will be presented at the event this year. Reservations are $75 and can be made at www.communitygiving.org/events or by calling (877) 253-4380.

Kathy Grochow Named Director of Community Programs

August 13, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn. – CommunityGiving and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) are pleased to announce Kathy Grochow as the new Director of Community Programs for the organization. Grochow was a Senior Development Officer at the College of St. Benedict and has over 18 years of experience in philanthropy. She received her undergraduate in Business Administration Management from the University of Minnesota-Mankato and her master's degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University in St. Paul.

Funding Available for Women and Girls Programming

August 06, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced two grant rounds are now accepting grant applications to benefit women and young girls in the community. The first grant opportunity is from the Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. The Women’s Fund provides funding to projects and programs that focus on the following three areas: girls ages 10-18, women in transition and elder women.

CommunityGiving Approves New Board Members for 2018-2019

August 06, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn.— CommunityGiving announced today the election of four new members to their board of directors. New additions to the board include Brenda Jennissen, president/CEO of Felling Trailers in Sauk Centre, MN; Steve Peterson, former director of sustainable sourcing at General Mills from Paynesville, MN; Terry Tone, former administrator at Affiliated Community Medical Center from New London, MN; and John Herges, CEO of Falcon National Bank in St. Cloud, MN. Jennissen, Peterson and Tone were elected to serve a three-year term while Herges will serve a two-year term to complete the term of late Loran Hall. The board also approved the election of Bruce Pohlig to serve a second three-year term. Officers elected by the board are Bruce Pohlig, vice chair; James Ringwald, treasurer; and John Herges, Secretary. Jim Roelofs continues to serve as Board Chair.

Catherine Stine Elected to AACF Board of Directors

August 03, 2018

Alexandria, Minn. –The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) announced today the election of Catherine Stine to serve on the board of directors, effective July 1. Stine is principal of The Stine Group, a consultancy whose mission is “to establish environments where people to do their best work". The Stine Group assists organizations in strategic plans, business development and grants development.

Lindquist Elected to WACF Board of Directors

July 27, 2018

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today the election of Andrew Lindquist to serve on the board of directors. Lindquist is the Director of Project Management at Marcus Construction. His wife, Jen and three children, live in rural Kandiyohi. He is a part of the Vision 2040 Leadership Design Team and program graduate, and was on the Willmar Playground Executive Team, a Construction Captain and Build Captain.

Millner to Serve on BLACF Board of Directors

July 26, 2018

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) announced today that Rene Millner has joined the the board of directors, effective July 1. Millner is an attorney with Breen and Person, Ltd. and specializes in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardian and conservatorship and business law. Millner moved to the Brainerd Lakes area in 2000. The BLACF board of directors also approved current board chair Tom Anderson to serve a second three-year term.

Schlenner Elected to CMCF Board of Directors

July 26, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn.— The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced the election of Jim Schlenner to serve on the board of directors. Jim Schlenner is Senior Partner with the accounting and consulting firm Schlenner, Wenner & Co. Schlenner has over 35 years experience working with small and mid-sized businesses providing tax, accounting and consulting advice. He has served on various non-profit boards including St. Cloud Rotary, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota and the St. Cloud Hospital.

Bernick Family Foundation Seeks to Grant $150,000 to Programming for Youth & Education and Health & Fitness

July 17, 2018

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Bernick Family Foundation is now accepting applications for their annual grant round. The Bernick Family Foundation supports two key focus areas through their grant round; youth and education which includes activities to prepare students for future successes, and health and fitness which includes activities that address health and wellness. Grant application deadline is September 1, 2018.

Ruttger Family to Receive Award in Philanthropy from Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

July 02, 2018

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce this year's Award in Philanthropy recipients will be the Ruttger Family. Chris, Joanne, Ann and Jack Ruttger have displayed a strong sense of community and a passion for helping others.