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West Central Initiative ranks in list of top public foundations

West Central Initiative (WCI) is ranked ninth on the Minnesota Council on Foundations' (MCF) newly released list of the state's top 25 community and public foundations for 2009.

It is ranked 48th on MCF's top 50 Minnesota grantmakers by assets for 2009.

WCI is a regional community foundation that serves the nine west central Minnesota counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. It focuses its resources on increasing business and employment opportunities, helping workers and their families thrive, and strengthening communities and the region.

"West Central Initiative works hard to provide resources that help create a better tomorrow for those living and working in west central Minnesota," said WCI President Nancy Straw. "This ranking demonstrates the commitment of people throughout our area to a bright future."

For more information about WCI programs or how you can be a partner/supporter of WCI, call 1-800-735-2239 or visit the WCI website at