Community Involvement

Initiative Foundation Award  |  Scholarships

Schlenner Wenner & Co. believes in community. At the heart of our responsibility to this community is our focus on the accounting needs of individuals and small to mid-sized businesses. To meet these needs, we retain and recruit employees with diverse backgrounds and specialized skills who provide a broad base of services. But it doesn’t stop there. 

Our clients and staff are important members of this community whose success is closely tied to our own. We treat our clients like partners and our employees like family and nurture these relationships by fully investing in their success. We work to understand objectives, develop responses and solutions, and never compromise trust. 

When the business day is done, the same compassionate perspective spills into our community interactions. By participating in civic, philanthropic, professional and educational organizations, the partners at Schlenner Wenner & Co. lead by example, serving others and setting the standard for employees to follow suit. This level of dedication is what distinguishes us as a dependable accounting Firm. 

We strive to be a business that your company, our employees and this community are proud to be associated with and we welcome your business.

Schlenner Wenner & Co. believes strongly that in order for our Firm to be successful, the communities we live in must be successful. This is why Schlenner Wenner & Co. encourages each of its employees to give back to their own communities. Employees are allowed to record their volunteer time as time worked to ensure all staff take the opportunity to donate their time. 

Below is a list of some of the organizations that Schlenner Wenner & Co. donates their time and contributions to:

  • St. Cloud Area Young Professionals

  • Central Minnesota Society of Human Resource Management

  • Rotary

  • United Cerebral Palsy

  • American Cancer Society

  • Community Schools

  • Community Churches

  • Economic Development of Wright County

  • Centra Care Endowment Committee

  • SummerTime by George!

  • Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce

  • Initiative Foundation

  • Sertoma

  • Forum of Executive Women

  • March of Dimes

  • Junior Achievement

  • Business Professional Women

  • United Way

  • SCSU Alumni Association

  • Chamber of Commerce

    • St. Cloud

    • Little Falls

    • Albany

    • Monticello

    • Maple Lake

    • Sartell

Initiative Foundation Award

The Initiative Foundation exists for one purpose, to improve the quality of life in central Minnesota. At the core of their work is the belief that local people possess the talent, passion, and ability to achieve a brighter future. Their programs and investments strive to give every person an opportunity to contribute to a shared vision and plan of action that strengthens community character and relationships.

Since 2000, the Initiative Awards have recognized the work and dedication of individuals, businesses and communities within the foundation's 14-county service area in central Minnesota. The event calls to attention everyday individuals while inspiring others to search themselves for their own outstanding community initiative.

Since the awards formation, Schlenner Wenner & Co. proudly sponsors the Outstanding Nonprofit Award, which honors an Initiative Foundation partner that has made a powerful difference in the region during the past year.  However, in 2011 we sponsored the Outstanding Enterprise Award. Nominees must be innovative and focus on community or social change in a collaborative way, with participation from the community.  The Award Winner must have achieved outstanding results from goals set at the beginning of their initiative. 


Schlenner Wenner & Co. is an advocate of higher education and encourages others to attain this goal. Due to these beliefs, the Firm recently set up two scholarships in the St. Cloud area. The scholarship awards individuals for the purpose of furthering their education. Scholarships are awarded based on a range of criteria set by the college and the Firm. Accounting students at St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical College are encouraged to apply for these scholarships yearly.