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Affiliate Funds

An estimated $7 billion is going to transfer generations in southern Minnesota by 2030. SMIF’s Affiliate Funds program is intended to help our region retain that wealth. We offer a variety of flexible options for residents to keep their wealth local to benefit the place they call home.

SMIF provides the administrative and 501(c)(3) infrastructure needed to support philanthropy in the region. Our experienced staff provides support and expertise to donors, communities and nonprofit organizations to meet their philanthropic goals.

For more information, contact:

Alissa Oeltjenbruns, Community Philanthropy Director
Phone: 507.214.7023

Types Of Funds

Community foundations benefit a defined community or geographic area. Donors’ gifts benefit their community’s goals and needs. Fundraising, marketing and grant recommendations are completed by a local board with SMIF staff support. SMIF currently administers 30 community foundations.

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A designated fund is a restricted fund with the stipulation that charitable contributions be used for a specified purpose. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation offers a variety of fund options to help donors meet their unique philanthropic goals. Some examples of designated funds include agency, donor-advised, field of interest, and scholarship funds.

SMIF’s Preserving Our Heritage – Farmland Retention program provides a means of giving that preserves one of the greatest natural assets of southern Minnesota: farmland. SMIF retains the gifted land as an asset, allowing it to continue to be farmed. And your land provides a lasting legacy for the community and region.

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