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

  • Big Changes for Little Kids

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

  • West Central Initiative Receives Bush Foundation Leadership Network Grant

    West Central Initiative has been awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Network Grant for its Creative Action Network. Through a series of arts-based workshops, graduates of WCI’s West Central Leadership Academy will form a support network to help inspire creative action in their communities.

  • VIDEO: The Donor Advised Fund: Make a Difference in Your Community

    In a new series of videos, VP of Development Kim Embretson tells us about the reasons people set up funds with us, and three nonprofits share why the gifts these funds provide are so very important to their cause.

  • LFDC wowed by innovation of new Alexandria Area High School

    Members of the Labor Force Development Council of west central Minnesota were blown away by the innovation and beauty of Alexandria's brand new high school, which will open this fall. Find out why!