Your Gift Makes a Difference and here's how:

Since 1986, SMIF has invested more than $100 million in the 20 county region.

  • $43.7 million - programming
  • $28.1 million - loans
  • $28.3 million - grants

Over the last 30 years more than 1,200 donors contributed $42+ million to support the work of the Foundation. The impact of our donor support is immense: 7,200 jobs created or retained; 130 communities empowered to take action; and more than 100,000 kids and families supported.

Additionally, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation leveraged $10 for every $1 in local contributions and has built a regional endowment fund that exceeds $35 million to support ongoing programming. Annually we award approximately $5 million through grants, loans, and program support as well as act as a regional collaborator on projects.

Individuals, businesses, and funders such as The McKnight Foundation have acted on a shared vision for a prosperous southern Minnesota economy to make this possible. Donors have invested because they believe we can do more together, we can make a difference. And we have.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is committed to giving all of our southern Minnesota communities’ opportunities to flourish. We will continue to make sound investments, leverage existing assets, and focus on projects that foster economic and community vitality in 20 counties of southern Minnesota through a culture of collaboration and partnership. It is our goal to see a region of vibrant, prosperous communities now and into the future.

Please help us continue the momentum of our donors and consider giving a gift today.

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