Easton playground, funded by a grant through the Mapleton Area Foundation

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation supports community foundations in southern Minnesota by:

  • Serving as the legal entity 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and fiscal agent
  • Providing oversight and management of fund development and investment policy
  • Providing start-up and staff support and expertise to establish and grow funds, as well as assist in marketing and communications efforts 
  • Providing oversight of grant making activities that are determined by local fund  
  • Complying with all relevant state and federal charitable giving rules and regulations
  • Managing documentation and filing, certified audits, and liability protection
  • Providing ethical and fiduciary responsibility in managing charitable contributions
Affiliate Fund Newsletter

Types of Funds

SMIF offers a range of affiliate funds to help your community retain philanthropic wealth:

  • Community Foundation
  • Field of Interest Fund
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Agency/Nonprofit Fund
  • Scholarship Funds
  • Disaster Relief

Download our Affiliate Funds brochure to learn more!

SMIF's Community Foundation Partners

The following communities have local funds that are administered with assistance from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. For more information on contributing to one of these funds, or establishing a new community foundation, contact Alissa Oeltjenbruns at 507.455.3215 or alissao@smifoundation.org

Click to learn more about the Community Foundations listed below.

Alden Area Community Foundation

Blue Earth Community Foundation

Byron Community Foundation

Eagle Lake Community Development Foundation

Ellendale Community Foundation

Elysian Community Foundation

Goodhue Area Community Fund

Harmony Area Community Foundation

Henderson Community Foundation

Lanesboro Area Community Foundation

Le Sueur Community Foundation

Mabel Community Fund

Madison Lake Community Foundation

Mapleton Area Foundation

New Prague Area Community Foundation

Plainview Area Foundation

Preston Area Community Foundation

Rushford Community Foundation

St. Charles Area Community Foundation

Saint James Area Foundation

Spring Valley Area Community Foundation

Wabasha-Kellogg Area Community Foundation

Wanamingo Community Fund

Winthrop Area Foundation

Zumbro Valley Foundation

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