What We Do

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in the 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. SMIF’s key interests include economic and early childhood development and community vitality.  SMIF has invested over $114 million in the region since 1986.

What People are Saying

“We love southern Minnesota because of the diversity here: the diversity of landscapes, diversity of people and diversity of industries. SMIF brings the right people to the table and fosters collaboration. They’ve been that centering voice to bring everyone together and help move us forward.”

John Peterson (Ferndale Market, Cannon Falls)


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Tim Penny – A Campaign for Southern Minnesota

23 January 2020|

At SMIF, we are proud of our ability to adapt and address the needs in our region. We know there is no one-size-fits-all solution to economic development, early childhood and community vitality. But, responding to the needs of southern Minnesota depends on the longevity and financial stability of our organization.