• 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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  • Begins February 9, 2017

    The Woodbury Citizens’ Academy is an eight-week program that engages citizens in their community through knowledge and volunteerism. Sponsored by the Woodbury Community Foundation, the City of Woodbury and the Woodbury Lions Club. There are still a few openings left for the 2017 session beginning in February.
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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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The Woodbury Citizens’ Academy is an eight-week program that engages citizens in their community through knowledge and volunteerism. Sponsored by the Woodbury Community Foundation, the City of Woodbury and the Woodbury Lions Club.  

The 2017 Citizens’ Academy begins on February 9th and will conclude on March 30th. 

Registration for the 2017 program is currently open and we are accepting inquiries for participation. For more information, send an e-mail to Claudia Millington, Citizens’ Academy volunteer program chair, at cmillington@cortrustbank.com.

The program is free and registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to those who live or work in Woodbury. We are encouraging participants to get involved philanthropically by making a voluntary gift of $50 to help offset the cost of the program.

The Citizens’ Academy develops future leaders who are so important to assuring a strong, robust Woodbury well into the future. It expands the knowledge of our citizens in a way that encourages more involvement in our community. Planned by a team of community members, each weekly session is focused on a different topic, including:

  • Government

  • Economic Development

  • Woodbury History

  • Cultural Competency and Diversity

  • Public Safety

  • Media and Communications

  • City Works

  • Education

  • Volunteerism

Each session provides front line exposure to how local public, private and nonprofit sectors work in their respective areas, as well as how, in unison, they make Woodbury an exceptional place to live and work.

Graduates of the Citizens Academy come away with greater community engagement, inspired volunteerism, and encouragement of philanthropy throughout our city.

Through 2016, more than 160 people have Graduated from the Academy.

2016 Graduating Class

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2015 Graduating Class


2014 Graduating Class

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2013 Graduating Class

2013 Woodbury Citizens Academy Photo

View Past Galleries :  2012 Citizens Academy Gallery  |  2010 Citizens Academy Gallery

Partners: (Please click on a logo below for more information)

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  • Youth Leadership Development Program Celebration

    On Sunday, January 22nd, six of the fourteen inaugural cohort participants in the Woodbury Area Youth Leadership Development Program met at Sole Mio to receive their completion certificates. The initial cohort, funded by the Woodbury Community Foundation and the Sundance Family Foundation, saw fourteen 10th-12th graders from Woodbury and East Ridge High School’s complete a […]

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  • Woodbury Bulletin Highlights the WCF

    Over the next 52 weeks, the Woodbury Bulletin is going to be highlighting and celebrating the businesses and organizations that serve Woodbury.  As part of its Making History in Woodbury series, the Woodbury Community Foundation was profiled in the first issue of 2017.  The article, which can be found in print or on the Bulletin’s website […]

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  • The Woodbury Community Foundation recently completed a several month process of re-engineering the narrative around the work of the Foundation.  The process, which involved board members and community leaders, shifted the focus of the Foundation’s work to five key strategic priorities for creating community impact. These priorities usher in a new focus of our relationship […]

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  • WCF Spices Up Woodbury Days…

    The Woodbury Community Foundation spent last weekend at Woodbury Days along with thousands of other folks from the greater Woodbury Area.  The weekend was full of food, fun, and entertainment.  We were thankful to our many volunteers who helped make Friday, Saturday, and Sunday a great opportunity to share with the community, one-on-one, the great […]

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  • Citizen Input Needed at Woodbury THRIVES Community Conversations Join the conversation at one of four Woodbury THRIVES Community Conversation sessions seeking resident input on health and well-being: Thursday, Aug. 25  from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Therese, 7555 Bailey Road, hosted by AARP Minnesota  Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., location pending, hosted […]

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A Program of the Woodbury Community Foundation, with support from the Sundance Family Foundation and the South Washington County Department of Community Education.

What Is Youth Leadership Development?

This program is a 8-week service learning, leadership development and entrepreneurial program designed to give students in grades 11 and 12 opportunities to develop critical skills necessary for increased community engagement, acquire real world skills to succeed in the business environment, and explore entrepreneurship in the 21st century.

The learning component will be paired with a 20 to 40 hour service-learning opportunity in one of three areas: nonprofit/social service; business; entrepreneurship.  Teens successfully completing the program can earn a $250 honorarium.

Areas of Focus

Throughout the program, teens will be exposed to three main themes:

Youth Social Entrepreneurship

Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) integrates practices of positive youth development with community engagement  and social entrepreneurship to enable mutual transformation of economies, neighborhoods, and individuals.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement is the process of building relationships with community organizations and working with those organizations side-by-side in any and every way imaginable, building connections and developing an interest in their mission, with the end goal of helping making the community a better place to live.

Life Skill Development

Life skills are a comprehensive set of universal skills and abilities, connecting behavior, attitudes, and knowledge, which teens can develop and retain throughout their lives. Life skills increase young people’s well-being and help them to develop into active and productive members of their communities.

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How Do I Apply?

  • All students in grades 11 and 12 are eligible to apply.
  • Our pilot program will have up to 24 participants and will begin in April 2016
  • Priority will be given to students attending Woodbury and East Ridge High Schools.
  • Students who live in Woodbury and attend other schools may apply.
  • The online application form can be found by clicking HERE or by copying and entering the following URL into any web browser: http://goo.gl/forms/LhwnKSnFUV
  • Applications will be accepted until the program is full.
  • Program will be on Tuesday’s at 6:30p, beginning in April 2017.  Location will be communicated to program participants.   

Contact Us

Give us a call for more information or if you have questions about registration.

 Woodbury Community Foundation | 10040 City Walk Drive | Woodbury, MN 55129 | (651) 788-6586

Email: wcf@woodburyfoundation.org

Visit us on the web at www.woodburyfoundation.org


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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 supporedt 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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