• Priorities Being Set

    Woodbury THRIVES is a grassroots community effort by community members and organizations collaborating together to create a healthy place to live. The founders of the initiative included the City of Woodbury, Washington County, the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce, the Woodbury Community Foundation and HealthEast, with sponsors HealthPartners and TRIA. Over 50 community leaders have reviewed the data from 24 Community Conversations and input from nearly 400 Woodbury Residents and have identified the top priorities. Learn more...
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  • WCF to Hire FT Director

    The Woodbury Community Foundation is growing and expanding. As a result, the Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce its seeking a full-time Executive Director, who can share the Foundation’s passion for the community and for charitable giving. “We’re very excited that the Woodbury Community Foundation and its community partnerships continue to prosper and do well,” says Claudia Millington, Chair Woodbury Community Foundation Board. “A full-time Executive Director will help us move the Foundation to the next level, and help us continue to make Woodbury a great place to live and work, now and in the future.”
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  • Your Legacy Starts Here!

    As the Woodbury Community Foundation (WCF), it is our goal to ensure community well-being for all in Woodbury. We want to help make our community a great place to live, work, and play. As a donor, you and your family may want to leave a permanent legacy by supporting organizations and causes that matter most to you -- let us help you!
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Your Tastebuds Will Thank You!

Sunday,  November 19

5:30 p | Envision Event Center (formerly Prom Center)

Tickets: $60 | $75 at the door

Chef Fest 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever! We expect 400 guests at this year’s Chef Fest, a premier culinary event that supports the work of the Woodbury Community Foundation. Join us for a night of fun and food, including outstanding appetizers, gourmet dishes, dessert bar, silent and live auctions, musical entertainment provided by internationally acclaimed pop pianist and vocalist Phil Thompson, a raffle with a chance to become Chef for a Day, wine pull, professional chef knife demonstration, and much, much more. 

Chef Fest will feature some of the Woodbury area’s most talented chefs, including Chef Angelo Montes of Sole Mio, Chef John Byrne – known as the Gaelic Gourmet and U.S. Foods, Chef Gary Hjmelling – President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Culinary Federation, Chef John Schiltz of Lake Elmo Inn, Chef Patrick Conway, Chef Virgil Emmert, Chef Robert Velarde, Chef Dan Vasterling, and Chef Keith Huffman.

Don’t miss out! Tickets are already going fast. Take advantage of this opportunity to show your support for the Woodbury community and the impact the Foundation has had in the community over the past fourteen years. 

Ticket Options
Guests I’m Bringing Include:

To purchase one or more seats, please select the ‘Single Ticket’ option.  If you are reserving more than one seat, please include the names of the guests you will be bringing.  When ‘checking out’ you will be prompted to enter the number of seats you would like to reserve.  Please select the number of seats you wish to purchase and proceed to ‘check out’.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please click here!



Click HERE to see photos from Chef Fest 2016!

Click HERE to see photos from Chef Fest 2015!


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  • Chef Fest! Chef Spotlight

    Meet some of the local Chefs who will be cooking up some fun at the WCF’s annual fundraiser and community event on Sunday Nov 19.

    Sep 25th, 2017 | No Comments
  • Come Meet Your Woodbury Neighbors!

    You’re invited to be a part of the excitement of Woodbury THRIVES and attend “Coffee, Tea & Walk for Free!” a community event for ages 55+. “This will be a great opportunity to gather together and get to know your neighbors,” said Laura Fairweather, Team Leader, Woodbury Thrives Social Connectedness and Inclusiveness Committee. “Woodbury THRIVES […]

    Jun 9th, 2017 | No Comments
  • Citizens’ Academy Graduates Partner Together To Inspire High Schoolers

    For the past 6 years, the Woodbury Community Foundation, in partnership with the City of Woodbury, has been educating Woodbury residents about the multitude of ways they could engage in their community.  Over 150 residents have graduated the program and many of them are now serving in volunteer capacities throughout the community.  One of the […]

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  • The Woodbury Community Foundation just approved its 2017-2018 Board of Directors and Officers. The new Officers of the Board of Directors and members of the Executive Committee include: Dixie Ewing, Chair; Roger Green, Vice-Chair; Donna Stafford, Secretary; Jack Clinton, Treasurer. The Woodbury Community Foundation Non-Officer Executive Committee Members include: Claudia Millington, Development Committee Chair; Dick […]

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  • Woodbury Celebrates 50 Years

    Join the Woodbury Community Foundation and the entire community in celebrating Woodbury’s 50th birthday!

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We invite you to join those donors who have stretched their dollars to help create an even greater impact in Woodbury.  Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage you to contribute to organizations like Woodbury Community Foundation.  Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar, and some also provide a match for your volunteer hours. Turn your $100 donation into a $200 donation, or your 20 hours of volunteer time into a $100 donation with the help of your employer.

If you do not see your company listed below, please inquire with your human resources department about your employer’s matching gift policy and leverage your donation today.

For a list of companies that offer matching gift opportunities, please CLICK HERE!


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What is the Woodbury Community Foundation?
The Woodbury Community Foundation helps neighboring Woodbury organizations fulfill their mission of providing life-changing opportunities for economically stressed residents. We build smart collaborations, provide key research to guide intervention, and create networks of donors and volunteers to support the needs of Woodbury residents. We are working toward “well-being for all…for Woodbury.”

Our Mission
Our mission is to strengthen our community by connecting people and organizations with causes that matter.

Our Vision
Our vision is to ensure our community is a premier and caring place to live, work, and play.

Our Greatest Inspiration
The inspired determination of our board members, donors, volunteers, and partners–working through innovative collaborations–fuels our goal, the well-being of all residents of Woodbury.

Our NEW Strategic Priorities aimed at creating significant Community Impact:


The Foundation promotes philanthropy by connecting donors to their personal passions while raising funds for short- and long-term strategic reinvestment through grants and allocations to meet the demonstrated needs of the community.


The Foundation helps to develop networks of engaged leaders while trying to increase awareness of and engagement in volunteer and leadership opportunities in Woodbury’s service organizations by its diverse and growing community.

Supporting One Another

The Foundation strives to encourage respect, dignity, and inclusiveness for all Woodbury residents by increasing awareness of community needs and encouraging residents to get involved in their neighborhoods and other community organizations to connect those in need to the services they require.

Enhance Effectiveness of Organizations

The Foundation inspires innovative collaborations for new programs, services, and initiatives while trying become the ‘go-to’ resource for service organizations and those trying to create impact in Woodbury.  We also are developing a communications network between organizations in hopes of creating natural connections where the sharing of resources can lead to more efficient and effective program development.

Identify Tomorrow’s Needs Today

The Foundation listens to our community’s organizations and our donors so that we can understand future Issues that will Impact Woodbury.  We guide donors and organizations by use data to inspire giving and the development of new programs and services while promoting innovative solutions.


Our History
The results of a 2009 Community Needs Survey became the driving force behind the Woodbury Community Foundation for many years. We focused on four key areas: YOUTH, JOBS, HOUSING, and FOOD.  In 2014, the Foundation launched a new initiative, Woodbury THRIVES, focused on creating a culture of health in Woodbury by focusing on community health and wellness initiatives.

With these initiatives in mind, we provided opportunities to local organizations and individuals for them to invest directly in multi-dimensional human-service issues that were of greatest concern and were growing challenges to the future of our city:

  • Financial turmoil caused by job loss. We encouraged networking opportunities and professional training for citizens facing unemployment or a tough job market. We also supported local employers who wished to engage in community efforts.
  • Family disruption or distress caused by military deployment, health problems, alcohol or drug abuse, mental illness, or domestic violence. We supported programs that helped these adults and children rebuild their lives and families.
  • Citizens who find it difficult to secure the basic essentials. We assisted and partnered with organizations that distribute food and clothing, provide transportation and shelter, and assist with other basic needs.

The Woodbury Community Foundation fosters collaborative thinking, which builds our community and serves our citizens.


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