Affiliates: Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, Willmar Area Community Foundation and Alexandria Area Community Foundation

The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF), based in St. Cloud, is a public charity that administers over 550 charitable funds totaling more than $74 million for the benefit of local residents.

The mission of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation is to engage people, connect resources, and build community. We fulfill our mission by making grants to support key issues in Central Minnesota by:

  • Encouraging individuals, families and businesses to partner with us to fulfill their charitable and financial goals
  • Convening people to work on community problems
  • Honoring individuals for improving our community
  • Connecting people and resources to build a better community

Grantmaking often is the connecting point between those who give and those who need. It is the primary way that donors to the Foundation make the community stronger. The Foundation has more than 500 charitable funds supporting philanthropic causes as varied as the many donors who established them.

In addition to these funds, the Foundation administers a number of funds that award grants for which nonprofits may apply on a competitive basis. Throughout the past year, many lives were enriched through over 1,200 grants dispersed to about 400 local, state and national charities, serving a range of needs and making a difference for many. In total for the 2011-2012 fiscal year the Central Minnesota Community Foundation granted $5,454,350.

CMCF has been engaging people and connecting resources to build a better community since 1985. CMCF deepens its community impact through its affiliates, Alexandria Area Community Foundation, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, and Willmar Area Community Foundation, as well as its supporting organization the Minnesota Real Estate Foundation. Learn more at

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