The six Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIFs) were created by McKnight Foundation in reaction to the 1986 farm crisis, the worst recession since the Great Depression. The MIFs, started as a “grand experiment,” have become an enormously powerful and valuable regional institution.
Today, SMIF’s mission and logo reflect our commitment to working toward a prosperous southern Minnesota by fostering a culture of collaboration. We are well known for our strong leadership, strategic focus, ability to leverage assets, and mission of building a prosperous and vibrant region. Since 1986, we have worked to identify and leverage our region’s assets to create economic prosperity and community vitality within our 20-county region.
Learn more about the Minnesota Initiative Foundations at www.greaterminnesota.net.