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

  • Choosing Rural Minnesota: Jack Lacey, More than a Return on Investment

    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.

  • Funding and Planning Support Available for Otter Tail County Lakes

    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.

  • Change in Leadership at West Central Initiative

    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.

  • Border to. Border: No Community Left Behind

    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.