Bernick Family Foundation Awards $150,000 to Organizations Across Service Area

Monday, January 27, 2020

The Bernick Family Foundation announced today that $150,000 in grants was awarded to organizations and projects within their two key focus areas of youth and education & health and fitness.  Eligible organizations were required to be a 501(c)3 organization, school or governmental entity and serve one of the seven regions that Bernick's services.

Jason Bernick, Bernick’s Director of Corporate Affairs stated "This year's grant recipients will truly have an impact on their communities and we are proud to be a part of helping make these programs and projects possible. Bernick’s is honored to uphold our family tradition of serving Customers and Community since 1916.”

The latest round of grants supported the following community projects:

  • $29,500 to support the building of the Sauk Centre Obstacle Challenge Playground. 
  • $22,750 to the Brainerd Family YMCA to support the development and implementation of camp programming at Camp Vanasek and financial support for participants in the programming.
  • $22,750 to the city of Cambridge to support the development and building of Parkwood Park with playground equipment that will be available for all ages and all abilities.
  • $20,000 to the city of Waite Park to support the creation and improvement of local soccer fields and basketball courts. 
  • $15,000 to MNyou to support the building of a deep winter greenhouse which will result in more year-long programming and the expansion of the CSA boxes provided to the local community.
  • $10,000 to the Ridgewater College Foundation to support the purchase of mobile truck driving simulators, training of staff and continued implementation and training for local students becoming commercial vehicle operators.
  • $10,000 to United Way of Bemidji Area to support the implementation of the Imagination Library program which provides access to age-appropriate books for children ages zero to five, regardless of their parent's income or financial status. 
  • $10,000 to the Yes Network for the "Discovery of Self" program which brings together high school students to prepare them to mentor other youth within their community and for personal development.
  • $10,000 to True Friends to support the replacement, remodeling and upgrade of facilities at Camp Friendship near Annandale to continue providing high quality, specialized health and personal care, intentional, adapted activities and outdoor adventures to people with disabilities and their families.

Kathy Grochow, Director of Community Programs commented, "The Bernick Family Foundation tradition of supporting the communities they serve is a wonderful example as business owners and philanthropists.  We are proud to work with them to help and support these communities."

The Bernick Family Foundation established their first fund with the Central Minnesota Community Foundation in 1989. The Bernick's company and the Bernick family uses their funds to support organizations that reflect the family’s core values, while providing leadership in responding to emerging community needs.

Founded in 1916, Bernick’s is a fourth-generation family-owned business, providing beverage, vending and food service solutions. The Waite Park-based company has a long tradition of investing in its local communities to improve quality of life. In addition to their support through the Foundation, Bernick’s continues as a longtime philanthropic leader through direct financial and in-kind donations to over 100 causes each year.
The Central Minnesota Community Foundation (CMCF) attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local community. Since 1985, CMCF has grown to over $110.1 million in assets and awarded over $111.9 million in grants to non-profits.  The CMCF is governed by a local board of directors and is a partner of CommunityGiving, which is a collaborative of community foundations united under a single framework to create efficiencies that maximize the impact of our donors.  Collectively, CommunityGiving administers nearly 850 funds totaling more than $150 million. Learn more at