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.

10,000 Books Available

SMIF's BookStart grant program, in partnership with Capstone, is designed to put books into the hands and homes of children across southern Minnesota. We believe that all children should have a book of their own to read or be read to. <<More>>


Southern Minnesota Economic Summit

Join us for the first ever Southern Minnesota Economic Summit, April 29-30 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Connect with business leaders, economic experts, valuable regional resources, and industry specialists!  <<More>>