Breaking new ground with investments in

Early Childhood & Entrepreneurs


Since 1986, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has been a catalyst for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. Over the past 28 years, SMIF has worked to leverage assets, foster collaboration, increase funding, and enhance knowledge.

2014 Annual Report

Our 2014 Annual Report and partner stories are now finished. Read about our year of Investing in Communities. <<More>>


The Raising of America

Join us on November 12 for a sneak preview of The Raising of America. The event will feature Art Rolnick, Former Federal Reserve Economist; Tim Penny, President, Southern MN Initiative Foundation; Jerry Cutts, CEO, First Children's Finance; and Melvin Carter, Director, MN Office of Early Learning. <<Learn More>> <<Register>>