Downtown Owatonna

Our Vision For The Region

Southern Minnesota will be a prosperous and growing region with vibrant communities, innovative and successful economies, and engaged and valued citizens.

Our Mission

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is a regional development and philanthropic organization that fosters economic and community vitality in 20 counties of southern Minnesota through a culture of collaboration and partnership.

Our Core Values

  • Community: The people of southern Minnesota drive our work. We strive for diverse and inclusive communities.

  • Collaboration: We seek to collaborate broadly and actively foster new partnerships in the region and state.

  • Stewardship: We will be wise stewards of resources to maintain sustainable philanthropic support for our region.

  • Responsiveness: We will be active listeners and respond to the diverse needs of our region.

  • Integrity: We expect honest and ethical behavior of SMIF Board, Management Team, Staff and the clients our resources serve.

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