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

July 10, 2019

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 help prepare students for future success in education and the workplace, and health and fitness which includes activities that encourage active lifestyles and well-being. Grant application deadline is August 31, 2019.

$140,000 Awarded to Local Programs from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation

July 08, 2019

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) announced today that $140,000 has been awarded to local programs through their two most recent grant rounds. The Central Minnesota Arts awarded $30,000 to five organizations. The Central Minnesota "Difference Maker" grant round, with the support of the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation Fund, awarded $110,000 to six organizations.

Nearly $200,000 Raised for Local Organizations Benefiting Women and Girls

June 18, 2019

ST. CLOUD, MN – The fourth annual Women’s Fund Presents: Dancing With Our Stars LIVE event was held yesterday, Monday, June 17, 2019 at the College of St. Benedict. The event raised $196,230 for local organizations that benefit women and girls in our community. Over 600 people were in attendance to cheer on their favorite dancers and charities. This year’s event once again featured a dance competition between six local celebrities who had been paired with a professional partner for a chance to win up to a $15,000 grant for the non-profit program of their choice.

Bernie Perryman selected as 2019 ATHENA Award Recipient

June 07, 2019

St. Cloud, Minn. –The Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation has selected Bernie Perryman as the 2019 ATHENA Award recipient. Bernie was chosen for the award because of her leadership and dedication to strengthening our community. The mission of the ATHENA Award is to recognize and honor Central Minnesota women who have achieved excellence in their careers and who inspire others. Criteria for selection include: demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in her business or profession; provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the lives of others in Central Minnesota; and actively assists women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Local Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

June 04, 2019

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) is now accepting grant applications for two grant rounds. The "Difference Maker" grant round seeks to support community initiatives through a variety of grants. Programs funded will bring about positive change in the Alexandria area community. The Ruth McDonald Fund grant round supports health and wellness in the Alexandria area - especially for the health needs of people in poverty. Both grant application deadlines are June 30th.

Dutch and Irma Cragun to Receive BLACF 2019 Award in Philanthropy

May 24, 2019

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation’s (BLACF) Board of Directors announced this year's Award in Philanthropy recipients are Dutch and Irma Cragun. The Craguns have displayed a passion for helping others and bettering our community. They have been involved in numerous community fundraisers and assisted with the growth and development of the Brainerd Lakes Area and our tourism industry.

State of The Lakes Area Event Scheduled For Seasonal Residents

May 24, 2019

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) is sponsoring The State of The Lakes Area on June 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Grand View Lodge’s new North Boutique Hotel in Nisswa, MN. This event is for seasonal residents to hear from several key organizations first-hand about what’s happening in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Friends of the Gardens Welcomes St. Cloud Mayor

May 13, 2019

St. Cloud, Minn. - The City of St. Cloud Parks Department and the Friends of the Gardens Advisory Board are partnering to welcome the Mayor of St. Cloud to the Gardens on May 14, 2019 at 10am to celebrate Arbor Day. We will be celebrating the addition of new trees to the Gardens. The gathering will start near the peacock enclosures in Munsinger Garden.

Bursch and LeBrasseur Honored by Alexandria Area Commmunity Foundation

May 08, 2019

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) honored Fred Bursch and Kathyrn LeBrasseur with the "Ruth McDonald Award in Philanthropy" on Monday, May 6 at their Annual Dinner. The celebration of community and philanthropy was held at the Arrowwod Resort, Hotel and Conference Center with over 325 people in attendance.

Willmar Area Community Foundation Grants to 13 Programs, Including First Ever Difference Maker Grant of $50,000

May 02, 2019

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) is pleased to announce awards of $189,000 to 13 local programs. 11 of these programs were awarded from the 2018-2019 WACF General Grant Round. The three focus areas of the grant round were for projects that addressed the achievement gap for youth, increased community connections or welcoming diverse populations and to support productive aging.