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Local Arts Programming Receives Support

December 04, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – Local arts programming is being given a financial boost after the recent Willmar Area Community Foundation Arts Fund grant round. Five programs will be receiving funding with over $5,000 being awarded. The programs range from orchestra music to art exploration for kids. Sara Carlson, executive director of the Willmar Area Community Foundation stated, "Encouraging creative and artistic outlets for all ages is an important aspect of making our community the best it can be. There are many great opportunities to explore the arts in our community and we are excited to support them."

CMCF Administers Minnesota State Opportunity Grant Set to Open December 1st

November 22, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn.— The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced today that the opening of the 2018 Minnesota State Opportunity Grant will take place on December 1, 2017. CMCF will be administering this grant and the purpose of the funding is to enhance long-term self-sufficiency for central Minnesota communities of color by improving education, housing and economic outcomes and to create positive long lasting impact on the community. This funding is made available pursuant to 2017 Laws of Minnesota, Chapter 94, Section 2, Subd. 2 (ee). To learn more about the grant, visit and select "2018 Minnesota State Opportunity Grant".

Willmar Area Women's Fund Reaches Impact Goal

November 21, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Women’s Fund, an initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF), announces it has met its fundraising goal to help continue existing and create new anti-trafficking efforts in Kandiyohi County. The Fund granted $23,000 to Safe Avenues and Lutheran Social Services in September to help them continue their work against local human trafficking. This partnership focuses on direct victim assistance as well as increasing awareness of and preventing trafficking.

Charity Challenge Returns to Help Local Food Shelves

November 20, 2017

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Charity Challenge has become a tradition for the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and the St. Cloud metro area. Since the first Challenge in 2001, which raised $10,185; to last year’s record setting $464,045 challenge, this event has surpassed a total of $2.7 million raised for local food shelves.

WACF Opens Grant Round

November 15, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today the opening of their annual grant round. The WACF seeks to fund programs that focus on three different areas this year; addressing the achievement 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. For additional information and the online application, visit and select "WACF General Grants".

Funding Available to Workforce Development Programs

November 15, 2017

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) announced today that their annual Brainerd Lakes Area Grant round is now accepting applications. The BLACF has focused this year's grant round on supporting programs and projects that help develop, attract and retain a quality workforce for the Brainerd Lakes area now and in the future. Grant application deadline is January 15th. For additional information and to apply, visit and select "Brainerd Lakes Area Grant".

CommunityGiving to Host Training and Education for Community Foundations

November 06, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn. – CommunityGiving (CG) will be hosting "CommunityGiving Day" on Wednesday November 15th. This event will provide training and education geared towards developing community foundations and is designed for board members, volunteers and anyone with a passion for community based philanthropy. CG Day will be held at Bug-Bee Hive Resort in Paynesville, MN and is free of charge to all CG and affiliate foundation members and $79 per person for other interested individuals. For more information and to register, visit

Central Minnesota Community Foundation Hosting Free Workshops on Corporate Giving

November 02, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) in St. Cloud will host two free workshops on Corporate Giving: How and Why Companies Give. In the sessions, attendees will learn the steps to seeking corporate support for their programs or events and how to find corporate partners. In addition, CMCF will offer information on the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network. Attendees will learn how to research foundations to fund their non-profit projects.

WACF Approves Elections of Board of Directors for 2017-2018

October 24, 2017

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today the election of new board members and approval of additional terms for other board members.

CommunityGiving Approves New Board Members for 2017-2018

October 24, 2017

St. Cloud, Minn.— CommunityGiving announced today the election of five new members to their board of directors and the renewal of terms for two of the current board members.