We want to connect with those who share our lifetime passion for the people and communities of Hackensack & Backus. Our donors are as varied as the community we serve. Whether this is your first gift, or you seek to increase the strategic impact of your charitable giving, we offer the information and options you need.

Together, we can achieve a brighter future for our children and grandchildren. It’s easy to make a difference in a way that’s meaningful for you!

If your employer makes matching donations for their employees, be sure to find out their process before making your gift.

Each year, we will host an annual fundraiser. Through this event we partner with local nonprofits to increase the return for the community while raising money for our endowment.

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When you give to the Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation, your gift establishes an enduring legacy that will benefit the people of our area for years to come. We accept credit card donations through our online portal. Gifts of all sizes are appreciated!

Prefer to mail a check? To make donations and payments more secure and to streamline processes, the Initiative Foundation partners with Bremer Bank. Please write the check to Initiative Foundation-HLACF, note the purpose of your contribution on the memo line, and mail to this address:

Initiative Foundation – 446122
P.O. Box 64182
St. Paul, MN 55164-0182

While the mailing address may be in St. Paul, the Initiative Foundation continues to maintain its headquarters in the heart of Central Minnesota at 405 First St. SE, Little Falls, MN 56345.

If you would like to contribute another type of gift, please call the Initiative Foundation at (320) 632-9255. An Initiative Foundation staff member will be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the process.

You can help by spreading the word about grant opportunities, events and the ability for donors to leave a lasting contribution.

Become an ambassador by liking us on Facebook and sharing our message!

Making a charitable bequest in your will is often the easiest way to make a significant gift. You can continue to help make an important difference in the communities of Hackensack & Backus. Gifts large and small are important. Creating a lasting legacy is easier than you might think!

If you would like to leave the Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation in your will, make another type of planned gift or contribute an appreciated asset, please visit the Initiative Foundation website for more information.

  • Impact your community and leave a legacy
  • Achieve your long-term goals through a variety of gift options and tax benefits
  • Ensure the economic prosperity of Central MN both now and into the future

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. In partnership with the Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation,  the Initiative Foundation owns and manages financial contributions for the Hackensack Lakes Area Community Foundation. No goods or services will be exchanged for your gift.


The  Game Changers committee started the ball rolling and one of their major accomplishments is the creation of the HLACF.  The Game Changers is now a separate 501c3 and continues to work on projects to benefit our community.