Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

A nonprofit organization

497 donors

SMIF promotes regional economic opportunities and collaborations with a focus on entrepreneur, early childhood, and community development.



Our Mission: 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 is a regional foundation established by the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation in 1986. In the past 30 years, SMIF has advanced economic development in the 20-county region with total investments of more than $100 million. This is all possible because of donors like you. 


In addition, SMIF has leveraged an additional $10 for every $1 raised to support economic, early childhood and community development. These dollars support a consistent vision: a prosperous and growing region with vibrant communities, innovative and successful economies, and engaged and valued citizens.


Won’t you join these supporters by making a gift TODAY? In turn, we pledge to help inspire successful partnerships that build a truly prosperous southern Minnesota. Thank you for your support of a vibrant southern Minnesota economy.

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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

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Children & Family Economic Development


525 Florence Ave. PO Box 695
Owatonna, MN 55060



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