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
- Nancy Straw on 10/22/2014
Outgoing WCI President Nancy Straw's fifth installment in her blog series, "Choosing Rural Minnesota." Here we meet Jack Lacey, who lives within a block of his childhood home, but whose reach has extended to such places as the U.S. Capitol and volunteer and mission work in many areas.
- Sheri Holm on 10/17/2014
Alex Gehrig of the Freshwater Society is looking to recruit up to eight lake associations in the Otter Tail County area to participate in an introduction to and training in lake management planning next spring.
- Sheri Holm on 10/10/2014
West Central Initiative (WCI) Board Chair David Nelson announced that Nancy Straw has resigned her position as WCI president/CEO to accept a position in Oregon with The Ford Family Foundation to work in the areas of community and economic development. Vice President of Operations Sandra King has been named interim CEO.
- Sheri on 10/09/2014
Join us on November 18-19 at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd to reengage and recharge our shared efforts to make “border to border broadband” come true for Minnesota.