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West Central Initiative
January 18, 2018
New grants for improving communities
Nonprofits, school districts and local governments with a great idea of how to improve their communities now will have a shot at getting some money to help them do that. The Fergus Falls-based West Central Initiative said it will give up to about $5,000 to groups that can help west-central...
January 18, 2018 - 2:16pm
November 22, 2017
COMMENTARY: The amazing impact of community giving
By Anna Wasescha, president West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls, MN November 12-18 is National Community Foundation Week. President George H.W. Bush designated this week in 1989, 28 years ago. West Central Initiative — a regional community foundation — and our donors...
November 22, 2017 - 2:24pm
September 25, 2017
Data trackers zero in on Alexandria area
Think of it as a big Alexandria selfie - with graphs instead of photos. Two key nonprofits that use information to form big pictures about Minnesota communities will zero in on Alexandria from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Alexandria Technical & Community College, Room 211. The...
September 25, 2017 - 6:45am
January 6, 2017
Stallman named WCI interim president
The West Central Initiative Board has named economic development consultant Terry Stallman as interim president for the organization. Stallman...
January 6, 2017 - 9:00am
Grant program aimed at workforce shortage
A grant program aimed at helping West Central Minnesota communities fill jobs and retain workers is taking a new approach and looking for new ideas. West Central Initiative, which includes Douglas County among the nine counties it serves, will provide grants to nonprofit organizations...
January 6, 2017 - 9:00am
June 10, 2016
TSMA, ATCC awarded Competitive Workforce Grant
Tri-State Manufacturers' Association (TSMA) Foundation and Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) are two of six regional organizations to receive West Central Initiative's (WCI) 2016 Competitive Workforce Grant award. TSMA Foundation received $3,575 for a Dream It. Do...
June 10, 2016 - 12:00am
March 4, 2016
West Central Initiative named top grantmaker
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 based on cash grants paid in 2014. The foundation is also ranked 44th on MCF's top 50 Minnesota grantmakers by assets....
March 4, 2016 - 12:00am
March 2, 2016
West Central Initiative receives pre-k to grade 3 grant
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has awarded the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations a total of $180,000 to carry out a pre-k to grade 3 alignment initiative. West Central Initiative (WCI) will use its $30,000 allocation to host a regional event and provide mini grants...
March 2, 2016 - 12:00am
November 13, 2015
COMMENTARY: West Central Initiative is your Swiss Army knife for regional development
By Brad Barth, President, West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls Have you ever worked on a project you can’t complete because you don’t have the right tool? In community and economic development, the same thing can happen. West Central Initiative (WCI) is a regional community...
November 13, 2015 - 12:00am
December 10, 2014
West Central Initiative highlighted in report
The Democracy Collaborative’s new report, A New Anchor Mission for a New Century, lifted up the work of 30 leading community foundations, including West Central Initiative (WCI). The report’s authors, Democracy Collaborative Senior Fellow Marjorie Kelly and Community Development...
December 10, 2014 - 12:00am
July 3, 2014
Competitive Workforce Grants awarded to Productive Alternatives, District 206
West Central Initiative (WCI) has announced the recipients of its annual Competitive Workforce Grant awards. The purpose of this grant program is to improve the economy of West Central Minnesota by providing one year of start-up funding for stakeholders to launch new workforce development...
July 3, 2014 - 12:00am
April 30, 2014
West Central Initiative named Silver Bicycle Friendly Business
The League of American Bicyclists recognized West Central Initiative (WCI) with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award on Earth Day, April 22. WCI joins a group of more than 650 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the U.S.
April 30, 2014 - 12:00am
March 5, 2014
Farmland that keeps on giving
New WCI program benefits land production, local charities
March 5, 2014 - 12:00am
January 29, 2014
New farmland program keeps giving and farming locally
West Central Initiative (WCI) has launched its new Heart~Land Giving program for landowners who would like to donate tillable farmland to help meet their charitable giving and estate planning goals. Landowners in the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens,...
January 29, 2014 - 12:00am
January 24, 2014
Paint available for public beautification projects
Are you looking for a way to spruce up your community, neighborhood or park? West Central Initiative (WCI) may have a solution, thanks to Valspar’s Minnesota Beautiful program. Through a continued collaborative effort with the Valspar Corporation, paint and coatings will be available...
January 24, 2014 - 9:10am