Your regional community foundation in west central Minnesota

West Central Initiative is a regional community foundation that serves nine counties in west central Minnesota: Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.

We invest and help leverage resources in our communities for regional success; and success for us means thriving families, communities and businesses--it's all inter-related!

We work with many partners, using the tools of economic development, community development and promoting philanthropy to help people and communities create a better tomorrow for west central Minnesota.

News and Blog

  • New WCI Board Member Amy Stoller Stearns melds worldview with regional pride

    Meet new WCI Board Member Amy Stoller Stearns. She promotes the region and encourages people to experience the world at the same time as executive director of the Historic Holmes Theatre and Detroit Lakes Cultural and Community Center.

  • Good governance helps take the worry of fund misuse out of charitable giving

    It’s always worrisome to hear news about the possible misuse of funds by a charitable organization. As a public foundation, West Central Initiative takes our ethical and fiscal responsibility very seriously. WCI has a series of protocols to help prevent fraud and misuse of funds.
    Plus some ways to ensure that the nonprofit you are involved in is fiscally responsible.

  • Choosing Rural Minnesota: Josh Hanson

    Meet Josh Hanson, chef/entrepreneur/adventurer, who has been around the globe but chooses to live in rural Minnesota.

  • Big Changes for Little Kids

    Two school districts in west central Minnesota are excited to provide expanded services to their youngest scholars.