The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund calls for nominations for Women Making Waves and Ripple Maker awards – Brainerd Dispatch
NISSWA — The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund will honor the Women Making Waves and Ripple Maker recipients April 18 at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.
The Woman Making Waves and Ripple Maker awards recognize women who have significantly contributed by giving of their time and/or financial resources to help local charities. Any local women who fit either of these criteria can be nominated online at
Last year’s recipients were Becky Twamley as the 2020-22 Women Making Waves award recipient and Kaytlin Hart as the first ever 2022 Ripple Maker award recipient.
In addition to recognizing the award recipients, the Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund will also formally award recipients from the recently opened grant round to selected nonprofits that are committed to supporting the educational, health and wellness, and financial empowerment of women and children in the Brainerd lakes area. If the focus fits the application criteria, nonprofits can apply for this year’s grant round online at
The past year grant recipients included: My Neighbor to Love Coalition for a supportive housing community helping low income and/or homeless; TheShop for its after school Girls Who Code program; Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity to assist with providing safety and self-reliance to a home build recipient; The Outreach Program of the Brainerd Lakes to help combat food insecurities; Advocates Against Domestic Abuse, doing business as HOPE, to provide housing and comprehensive services to those overcoming domestic violence; the Rotary Club of Central Lakes for the REHT concert event raising awareness around human trafficking; WeARE the Clinic to assist with reproductive health education; Smiles for Jake movement to assist with raising mental health awareness; Women Who Lead to support entrepreneurial women; Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation for general support and grants; and Northland Arboretum to empower women to lead and lean into nature project.
The Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund was established in 2009 in part by the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation to enhance the lives of women and children in the Brainerd lakes area by supporting innovative solutions provided by area nonprofits. To date, the Brainerd Lakes Area Women’s Fund has provided over $125,000 in grants to local 501(c)(3) organizations.
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