Southwest Initiative Foundation offers unlimited possibilities to southwest Minnesota through leadership, program delivery and philanthropy.
Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) is a single connection offering unlimited possibilities to grow and promote people, businesses, entrepreneurs and communities in rural southwest Minnesota.
We were established in 1986 by The McKnight Foundation in response to the economic crisis of the 1980s. Greater Minnesota was struggling to survive and McKnight was one of the first to take notice and take action. They created six Minnesota Initiative Foundations to deliver an economic counterpunch and become leaders of Minnesota’s rural resurgence.
Today, SWIF is an accomplished independent rural regional community foundation and a permanent, trusted resource impacting our region.
From 1986-2013, SWIF has:
We focus on making the biggest impact through initiatives and grantmaking while helping each community prosper.
How do we support communities?
Our giving options and your generosity make this possible!
Visit our website at www.swifoundation.org for more information about our work and partnerships.