Southwest Initiative Foundation

Southwest Initiative Foundation is connecting people, investing in ideas and building communities in our rural Southwest Minnesota region. Since our founding in 1986, we’ve distributed more than $82 million through grantmaking and business financing. We offer ways for donors to give back regionally and locally, including through our network of community affiliates and our farmland retention program.

Area Served: 18 counties and two Native Nations of Southwest Minnesota
Staff Contact: Nancy Fasching, Community Impact Director

Southwest Initiative Foundation made a 10-year commitment to position us as a regional champion and inclusive partner to create prosperity for all our kids and the communities they call home. We’re calling this work Grow Our Own, and we’re using a cradle-to-career framework to align and drive our economic and community development strategy.


Southwest Initiative Foundation

Grow Our Own

Too many kids in our region aren’t getting the best possible start to their lives. More than 1 in 6 Southwest Minnesota kids live in poverty and face an …

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