Who We Are

Frequent Questions

This section is a compilation of answers to the questions most commonly asked by our constituents. Just start by following one of the links below.

If you can’t find the question you wanted to ask, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  1. What does your organization do?

    West Central Initiative is a regional community foundation that works to strengthen the economy of west central Minnesota so its families, communities and businesses can thrive for years to come. We do this by providing resources in economic development and community development, and by promoting philanthropy.

  2. We serve the nine west central Minnesota counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin. WCI is one of six Minnesota Initiative Foundations that serve the non-metro counties in Greater Minnesota.

  3. If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?

    Your gift to the WCI endowment will be invested to grow earnings that will be used keep all of our community initiatives active, strong and vital. Your gifts support WCI staff who work to keep our region strong, including sustaining early childhood coalitions, expanding business opportunities, training local workers, coordinating transportation planning, supporting local community projects, and much more. Your gift will keep earning money and strengthening our region forever.

  4. What is your nonprofit status?

    West Central Initiative is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts to WCI are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

  5. Our organization takes our privacy policy seriously and takes steps to protect and ensure the safety of our supporters. We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our volunteers or supporters outside of our immediate organization. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit. For more detailed information, visit our Privacy Policy page.

  6. How can I get financial information about WCI?

    Specific financial information--including our IRS 990 Form--is available to the public upon request. WCI does not employ individual managers to manage investments. WCI’s investment advisor is Pavilion Advisory Group, Inc., 43 Main Street SE, Suite 148, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Wells Fargo Trust, Minneapolis, custodian.