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Through philanthropy and planning, the West Central Initiative fuels insight and action for the benefit of the region and the world. Along the way, the foundation understands its progress through two lenses: the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations (MADO) DevelopMN Cornerstones and the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Both lenses focus in on what a region and community needs to accomplish to become strong and resilient for generations to come.

Recent News from West Central Initiative


North Liberty Chosen for National Nonprofit's Rural Welcoming Initiative
Foundation: West Central Initiative

The national nonprofit Welcoming America has chosen the City of North Liberty to participate in its Rural Welcoming...more

Four join the team at West Central Initiative | Perham Focus
Foundation: West Central Initiative

WCI is a regional community foundation and development organization serving the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail,...more

Locals join Initiators Fellowship to advance business ideas
Foundation: Initiative Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative

The program assists social entrepreneurs in fast-tracking their ideas, ... She plans to make such efforts with healing, community-building...more

Local entrepreneurs named finalists for Initiators Fellowship | Bemidji Pioneer
Foundation: Initiative Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative

"We were blown away by the many folks during important social enterprise work throughout Greater Minnesota," said Brian Voerding, Initiative Foundation...more

FF Area YMCA 2021 summer camp
Foundation: West Central Initiative

ach summer the sounds of excited, active children welcome members and ... program leadership took that uncertainty, turned it into innovation and ran with it. ... Though the children must follow...more

A rare opportunity to build a social enterprise, leadership and your community
Foundation: Initiative Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative

The fellowship is designed to assist early stage social entrepreneurs for two years by providing financial, educational and professional...more

West Central Initiative awards resiliency grants
Foundation: West Central Initiative

Recipients in the Douglas County area included Hoffman Economic Development Authority – $3,550, Knute Nelson Foundation – $5,000, and St....more

Expanded Initiators Fellowship names local man as finalist
Foundation: Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative

Social Entrepreneurs from Central, Southwest and West Central Minnesota are in the running for seven two-year, $60,000 fellowship...more

Initiative Foundation names 15 fellowship finalists
Foundation: Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative

The Initiators Fellowship originated with the Little Falls-based Initiative Foundation in 2017 as a way to help aspiring social entrepreneurs...more

Between 30 and 49 years old? New initiatives are recruiting you to move to rural Minnesota
Foundation: West Central Initiative

... from a nonprofit on the Iron Range planning social events to help attract and keep young adults to a community foundation's campaign touting...more



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Russell James, a famed fashion photographer, started Nomad Two Worlds (N2W), an idea that stemmed from Russell’s Australian roots where he witnessed the culture clash between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia.




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