Southwest Initiative Foundation

For nearly 40 years, Southwest Initiative Foundation has been listening to what matters most to southwest Minnesota. Through giving, economic development and community impact, we’re growing our own and becoming a region where kids, families and all people can thrive.

Area Served: 18 counties and two Native Nations of Southwest Minnesota
Staff Contact: Scott Marquardt, President

To reach the future we want for our region, we need to ensure all our kids and families are set up for success. In 2016, our Board of Directors made the strategic decision to sharpen our focus and combine our work in giving, economic development and community impact around a single purpose: our kids. Our Grow Our Own strategy aligns resources, builds momentum, and supports economic mobility for our kids by investing in the people and systems that surround them.