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CMCF Celebrates 30 Years of Philanthropy in Central Minnesota

September 01, 2015

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation would like to cordially invite the community to join the celebration of their 30th Anniversary at the Annual Dinner on Thursday September 24th, 2015. The celebration will take place at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The event will include the celebrating of past award winners of the Alex Didier Award in Philanthropy, Professional Award in Philanthropy, President’s Award and Athena Award as well as the presentation of the 2015 Athena Award to recipient Ann Cofell.

AACF Announces "Difference Maker" Grant Recipients

August 24, 2015

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation announced the recipients of the 2015 Difference Maker Grants on Monday August 24th, 2015. The Runestone Museum Foundation will be granted $10,000 and the Alexandria Senior Center will be granted $20,000. The Runestone Museum Foundation has been granted a $10,000 matching grant to help with the restoration of Big Ole, the “icon” of the Alexandria and Douglas County. The project will include fully repainting the statue. The Alexandria Senior Center has been granted $20,000 to expand the nutrition services program to accommodate the increasing number of aging and vulnerable residents in Douglas County. The project will include finishing the kitchen upgrades for energy efficiency, food storage, air quality improvements and add additional service routes with volunteer drivers.

Bernick's Family Foundation to Award $150,000

August 05, 2015

The Bernick’s Family Foundation and the Central Minnesota Family Foundation (CMCF) announce that $100,000 will be available in the seventh annual round of the Bernick’s Family Foundation community Grants.

Two Grant Opportunities through CMCF

August 05, 2015

The Julianne Williams Fund and Women’s Fund of Central Minnesota have grant opportunities available at this time.

Lee and Penny Anderson Selected 2015 Award in Philanthropy Recipients by BLACF

July 09, 2015

Brainerd, Minn. – Fueled by a passion for education and medical science, and an admiration for veterans, Lee and Penny Anderson of Nisswa have been selected as the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation’s 2015 Award in Philanthropy recipients.

Women’s Fund of Central Minnesota Community Foundation and Julianne Williams Fund Grant $50,000

June 15, 2015

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Women’s Fund of Central Minnesota Community Foundation and Julianne Williams Fund announced Friday the recipients of their annual grants, totaling $50,000. The grants were awarded to ten area organizations focusing on improving the lives of women and girls in central Minnesota.

Nonprofits may apply for Difference Maker Grants

May 04, 2015

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) is announcing to area nonprofits in the Douglas County region that a grant application period begins on Friday, May 1st. Grant applications should be significant grants that will be the “difference maker” in bringing about a lasting, positive change in the Alexandria area community. Thanks in large part to a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation and raising local support, AACF plans to award grants between $10,000 and $30,000. Local nonprofit organizations need to submit their applications online by midnight on June 30.

Wendy Roy Hired by BLACF

May 04, 2015

Brainerd, Minn. – The Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation (BLACF) announces that Wendy Roy, former Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, has been hired as a strategic philanthropic consultant to work with BLACF upon the resignation of Bill Brekken as Director of the local Foundation.

Community Foundation Receives $100,000 Matching Grant

February 12, 2015

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) announced today that it has received a $100,000 community challenge from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The Otto Bremer Foundation will match every dollar donated to AACF up to $75,000 by Dec. 9, 2015 and provide an additional $25,000 to further fuel Community Foundation’s operations.

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.