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About the Women's Fund


To support and enhance the lives of women and girls facing challenges in the Kandiyohi County area.



To empower women girls and enable them to find their voice and gain control.

We’re curious: We ask the critical questions and can adjust funding. We’re passionate: We know it’s our responsibility to care for our community. We’re nimble: The Women’s Fund can quickly fill the gaps that bubble to the surface in real-time to help fuel the work of partner organizations in our local communities.


  • $5,000 to Lutheran Social Services for trauma-informed care training

  • $10,000 to Safe Avenues for trauma-informed care training and critical care supplies

  • $5,000 to Kandiyohi County Family Services – Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI) parent coaching, an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children)  

  • $1,500 to United Community Action Partnership for the creation of “Welcome Home Kits” to help families transitioning from homelessness

  • $2,500 to Woodland Centers to support the Kid Connection Project

  • $5,000 to Willmar Public Schools for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) training and recreational space for ALC/Prairie Lakes Youth program

  • $10,000 to Family Promise of Kandiyohi County for their Technology for Families initiative

  • $5,000 to Project Turnabout – trauma-informed care training and critical care supplies


  • $5,000 to Lutheran Social Services – trauma-informed care training to support youth 

  • $5,000 to Project Turnabout – broaden trauma-informed care training in Kandiyohi County

  • $5,000 to Kandiyohi County Family Services – trauma-informed care training  

  • $10,000 to Foster Stitches for 2nd year of operations to allow local foster children and their families to ‘shop’ for needed items


Since 2008, the Women’s Fund, a signature initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation, has awarded $488,680 in grants to local non-profits.


Hallie Johnson - Chair 

Angela Hatlestad - Vice Chair

Valerie Amberg 

Julia Bates
Susan deCathelineau
Karina DeJong

Mollyanne Gardner

Kristin Gulbrandsen 

Vicki Henle

Laura Orsten 

Rochelle Peterson

LuAnn Sieben

Jen Unterburger

Sara Carlson - Executive Director of WACF

Kevin Dietrich - Director of Donor Engagement

Belkis Hernandez Guzman - Community Engagement Coordinator

Jenny Health - Operations Coordinator

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