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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 – 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  


  • $2,000 to Greater Minnesota Shelter Care – trauma-informed care training to support our youth

  • $10,000 to Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services and PACT 4

  • Families Collaborative – trust-based relational support training $5,000 to Project Turnabout – trauma-informed care training lunch and learn for non-healthcare professionals

  • $20,000 to Safe Avenues – community outreach and awareness efforts for the prevention of sexual exploitation

  • $5,000 to Foster Stitches – help set up a store for families to ‘shop’ for needed clothing for local foster children


Since 2008, the Women’s Fund, a signature initiative of the Willmar Area Community Foundation, has awarded over $371,300 in grants to broaden awareness to stop sexual exploitation and fund trauma informed care efforts.


Val Amberg - Chair

Hallie Johnson - Vice Chair and Donor Engagement Chair

Jean Geselius - Messaging/Marketing Chair and Past Chair

Kris Gulbrandsen - Programs/Grants Chair

Kris Tone - Past Secretary

Laura Orsten

Vicki Henle

LuAnn Sieben

Julia Bates

Molly Gardner

Angie Hatlestad

Sara Carlson - Executive Director of WACF

Kevin Dietrich - Director of Donor Engagement

Haley Anderson - Administrative Coordinator

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