Regional Stories

Here For You In Greater Minnesota

Learn more about the people and places that the Minnesota Initiative Foundations serve every day.

Investing in a Dream

Eduardo Sandoval Luna had a dream: to offer the hospitality of his homeland here in northeast Minnesota.

Fostering Community Leadership

The Run4Rural training supports people interested in public leadership.

Building Back Better

One year into a special grant round, nonprofits are transforming their post-pandemic services.

Downtown Entrepreneurship

Johnny and Jialing used a loan from SMIF on equipment and inventory to build up their kitchen.

A Small Town for All Ages

The Age Friendly Communities program helps small towns become better places to live for all ages.

Affordable Housing Initiative

North Star Neighbors, a community land trust, will provide affordable home ownership opportunities.

Building Welcoming Communities

This initiative is designed to build trust among people from different backgrounds and lived experiences.

A Gift of Gratitude

Blandin leader views $10,000 donation as part thank-you, part investment in the region.

Unlocking Child Care Solutions

Addressing the child care shortage requires many different community stakeholders working together.

Welcoming Week in Kerkhoven

Collective prosperity can achieved when neighbors come together to create welcoming and inclusive places.

Entrepreneurial Growth

In continuing the growth of entrepreneurship in northwest MN, a new subsidiary has been established.

A Climate Action Plan

The first Climate Action Plan for the region includes 40 strategies and 273 actions to take.