Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF)  is a regional development and philanthropic organization that fosters economic and community vitality in 20 counties of southern Minnesota through a culture of collaboration and partnership. SMIF works collaboratively to catalyze economic growth and strengthen regional vitality through three main focus areas: economic development, early childhood, and community vitality. SMIF uses an asset-based approach to empower southern Minnesota citizens through facilitating collaborations, boosting regional philanthropy, and making early-stage investments to ensure a strong Greater Minnesota for both today and for future generations.

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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Counties Served

  • Blue Earth
  • Brown
  • Dodge
  • Fairbault
  • Fillmore
  • Freeborn
  • Goodhue
  • Houston
  • Lesueur
  • Martin
  • Mower
  • Nicollet
  • Olmsted
  • Rice
  • Sibley
  • Steele
  • Wabasha
  • Waseca
  • Watonwan
  • Winona