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CMCF Names Greta Stark-Kraker as Next Executive Director

June 24, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – “Central Minnesota is my hometown, I’ve grown up here in more ways than just one,” says Greta Stark-Kraker, the next Executive Director for the Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF). “I believe that everyone should have a seat and a voice at the table, as I step into this new role, my goal is to bring our community together to focus on the greatest needs.”

Women's Fund Dancing with Our Stars Raises Record-Breaking $389K

June 15, 2021

ST. CLOUD, MN – The fifth annual Women’s Fund Presents Dancing with Our Stars came back stronger than ever with a record-breaking event! After a year off due to the pandemic, the event was live-streamed from the Hubert H. Humphrey stage at Saint John’s University on Monday, June 14, 2021. Combined with sponsorships, the event raised a total of $389,428.10 for local organizations that benefit women and girls within a 30-mile radius of St. Cloud. This year’s event featured a dance competition between five local “community stars” who were paired with a professional partner for a chance to win up to a $15,000 grant for the nonprofit program of their choice. The Women’s Fund donated a total of $37,000 in grant money to participants based on their rankings in the competition.

Debra L. Leigh, 2021 ATHENA Award Recipient

June 11, 2021

St. Cloud, Minn. – Five, six, seven, eight…a woman who has dedicated her career to the performing and visual arts, anti-racism training, leadership development of women, international education and prioritizing the success for under-represented students is the recipient of this year’s ATHENA Award.

Local Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications for Two Open Grant Rounds

April 30, 2021

Willmar Area Community Foundation Grants Almost $130,000 Back into Kandiyohi County

April 29, 2021

Willmar, MN - The Willmar Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce awards of $128,000 to 7 local organizations from their 2020-2021 Community Impact Grant Round. The three focus areas of the grant round were for projects that addressed the Opportunity Gap for youth, increased community connections or welcoming diverse populations and to support productive aging, in addition to limited capital investments.

Alexandria Area Response Fund Shifts Focus to Support Pandemic Recovery Efforts

October 27, 2020

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) announced today that the Alexandria Response Fund is shifting its granting focus to include supporting recovery of organizations as they transition back to fulfilling their core mission in serving the community. Eligible organizations include 501c(3) nonprofits, schools, and government entities that serve the residents of Douglas County. For more information, visit

Local Programming Awarded Over $12,000 from Alexandria Area Community Foundation

October 26, 2020

Alexandria, Minn. – The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) announced today that $12,189 has been awarded to local programs through the Ruth McDonald Fund grant round. The Ruth McDonald Fund grant round supports health and wellness programming in the Alexandria area, especially for the health needs of people in poverty.

Two Local Students Receive Scholarships from the Community Foundation for Carver County

October 09, 2020

Carver County, Minn. – The Community Foundation for Carver County (CFCC), in conjunction with CommunityGiving, is pleased to announce the scholarship recipients of the Alexis Kretsch Memorial Scholarship Fund for this 2020-2021 school year.

Erin Bitzan and Ryan Daniels Join CMCF Board of Directors

October 02, 2020

St. Cloud, Minn. – The Central Minnesota Community Foundation welcomes Erin Bitzan and Ryan Daniels to its Board of Directors. Both Bitzan and Daniels have officially accepted their new positions.

21 Local Students Receive Scholarships from Willmar Area Community Foundation

October 02, 2020

Willmar, Minn. – The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) is pleased to announce that 21 students from Kandiyohi County received $47,925 in academic scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year.