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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  

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

  • $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 $427,431 in grants to local non-profits.


Val Amberg - Chair

Hallie Johnson - Vice Chair and Donor Engagement Chair

Jean Geselius - Messaging/Marketing Co-Chair and Past Chair

Kris Gulbrandsen - Programs/Grants Chair

Kris Tone - Past Secretary

Laura Orsten - Messaging/Marketing Co-Chair 

Vicki Henle

LuAnn Sieben

Julia Bates

Molly Gardner

Angie Hatlestad

Sara Carlson - Executive Director of WACF

Kevin Dietrich - Director of Donor Engagement

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