Our founders realized early on that a vital community is one of the richest assets a company can have. So, they began a tradition of responding to community needs. To continue that tradition, the Bernick family created the Bernick's Family Foundation. It honors the legacy of our company founders by continuing the tradition of supporting organizations consistent with the family's core values, while providing leadership in areas of emerging need.



The Bernick's Family Foundation supports two key areas:

  • Youth and Education—activities that help prepare students for future success in education and the workplace, particularly programs that develop leadership skills, community involvement, teamwork, and entrepreneurship.
  • Health and Fitness—activities that address health and wellness, particularly programs that promote fitness, nutrition, healthy living, and responsible lifestyles.

What we fund

Funding may go toward capital projects, new or expanded programs, or strategic investments in operations, such as one-time investments that will help organizations increase efficiency and/or build ongoing revenue.

Who we fund

Eligible recipients include 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, schools, and government entities.

Where we fund

The organization must be based in or serve one of the regions we operate in, including the areas in and around Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, St. Cloud, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Willmar, Minnesota, and Dresser, Wisconsin. To find out if your area is included, please see Bernick's Community Support territory.

How to apply

Interested organizations should submit a letter of inquiry online between July 5 and September 1 at midnight. Applicants will be notified of their status after October 15, and accepted organizations will be asked to submit a full application online by November 15. Grants are awarded after January 31. Please the visit the Central Minnesota Community Foundation page to apply.