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Paynesville Area Community Foundation Awards $20,000 to Local Organizations

May 23, 2017

Paynesville, Minn. – The Paynesville Area Community Foundation (PACF) announced today the recipients of $20,000 in grants to support three organizations who serve the Paynesville area. The PACF grant round funding priorities focused on projects that will help bring about lasting and positive change to the community in the areas of education, social services, arts and culture, civic, recreational and health.

BLACF Announces 2017 Award in Philanthropy Recipient

May 11, 2017

The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) Board of Directors and CommunityGiving are pleased to announce their 2017 Award in Philanthropy recipient, Stewart C. Mills, Jr.

WACF Awards $104,300 to Local Organizations

May 09, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today the recipients of $104,300 in grants to support eleven organizations who serve the Kandiyohi area communities. The WACF grant round has four focus areas – youth, elderly, diversity and Vision 2040 implementation projects.

Grant Round Opens to Douglas County Region

May 01, 2017

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) announced today that their “Difference Maker” grant round is now accepting applications for programs that serve people in the Douglas County region. The AACF seeks to make significant grants that will be the “Difference Maker” in bringing about lasting, positive change in the Alexandria area community. Grant application deadline is June 30th.

Alexandria Area Community Foundation to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

May 01, 2017

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) would like to cordially invite the community to join the celebration of their 25th anniversary on Monday, May 8th. The celebration will take place at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center from 5-8pm. The celebration will reflect on the past 25 years of philanthropy in the community as well as present two awards to local individuals who have supported the foundation.

CMCF Names Greta Stark-Kraker Director of Donor Relations

April 28, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) is pleased to announce Greta Stark-Kraker as the new Director of Donor Relations of the Foundation. Stark-Kraker started working for the Foundation in 2001 as an administrative assistant. Most recently she worked closely with the President & CEO of CommunityGiving as the Executive Operations Manager to provide efficient and effective overall operations and administrative support to it’s affiliate partner foundations for CommunityGiving. Under her new role as Director of Donor Relations, she will work closely with the executive director of CMCF to assist donors with their philanthropic goals.St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) is pleased to announce Greta Stark-Kraker as the new Director of Donor Relations of the Foundation.

BLACF Announces Grant Recipients for 2016-2017

April 27, 2017

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) Board of Directors and CommunityGiving are pleased to announce their 2016-2017 grant recipients. Eleven projects were chosen to receive a total of $91,000. This year’s grant recipients are listed below along with the purpose of the funds.

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.