Willmar Area Response Fund Shifts Focus to Support Pandemic Recovery Efforts

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) announced today that the Willmar Area 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 Kandiyohi County. For more information, visit www.communitygiving.org/grants

Sara Carlson, Executive Director of the Willmar Area Community Foundation stated, "The Willmar Area Response Fund was set up to support our community in times of crisis. We are now over six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the needs are changing and growing in our community. We believe this shift will help our nonprofit partners as they continue to serve those most in need right here at home."

The Willmar Area Response Fund has been able to grant over $108,000 to support local organizations as they meet the community's most pressing needs during the COVID-19 crisis.  Organizations that have received funding have included United Way of West Central Minnesota, Kandiyohi County Food Shelf, Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA, West Central Industries, Woodland Centers, Atwater Living at Home Block Nurse Program, Community Basics, Goodwill Easter Seals, United Community Action Partnership, and Lutheran Social Services Senior Meals program. 

The Willmar Area Community Foundation (WACF) attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local Willmar area.  Since 1998, WACF has grown to over $19.8 million in assets and awarded $9.6 million in grants to nonprofits.  The WACF 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 over 880 funds totaling more than $153 million. Learn more at CommunityGiving.org/Willmar.