Community Foundations

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation supports community foundations in southern Minnesota by:

  • Serving as the legal entity 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and fiscal agent
  • Providing oversight and management of fund development and investment policy
  • Providing start-up and staff support and expertise to establish and grow funds, as well as assist in marketing and communications efforts 
  • Providing oversight of grant making activities that are determined by local fund  
  • Complying with all relevant state and federal charitable giving rules and regulations
  • Managing documentation and filing, certified audits, and liability protection
  • Providing ethical and fiduciary responsibility in managing charitable contributions

SMIF's Community Foundation Partners

The following communities have local funds that are administered with assistance from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. For more information on contributing to one of these funds, or establishing a new community foundation, contact Alissa Blaha at 507.455.3215 or

Click to learn more about the Community Foundations listed below.

Blue Earth Community Foundation
Byron Community Foundation
Eagle Lake Community Development Foundation
Ellendale Community Foundation
Elysian Community Foundation
Goodhue Area Community Fund
Harmony Area Community Foundation
Henderson Community Foundation
Lanesboro Area Community Foundation
Le Sueur Community Foundation
Mabel Community Fund
Madison Lake Community Foundation
Maple River AAA Foundation
Mapleton Area Foundation
New Prague Area Community Foundation
Plainview Area Foundation
Preston Area Community Foundation
Rushford Community Foundation
Sleepy Eye Community Foundation
St. Charles Area Community Foundation
St. James Area Foundation
Spring Valley Area Community Foundation
Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation
Wanamingo Community Fund
Winthrop Area Foundation
Zumbro Valley Foundation