Initiative Foundation



The mission of the Initiative Foundation is to empower people throughout Central Minnesota to build a thriving economy, vibrant communities and a lasting culture of generosity.

Recent News from Initiative Foundation


Caring about the community: Warming shelter proposed in south Brainerd
Foundation: Initiative Foundation

... Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation, Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, Crow Wing Power Community Trust, Lutheran Social...more

Locals join Initiators Fellowship to advance business ideas
Foundation: Initiative Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative

The program assists social entrepreneurs in fast-tracking their ideas, ... She plans to make such efforts with healing, community-building...more

Local entrepreneurs named finalists for Initiators Fellowship | Bemidji Pioneer
Foundation: Initiative Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative

"We were blown away by the many folks during important social enterprise work throughout Greater Minnesota," said Brian Voerding, Initiative Foundation...more

GrantAdvisor
Foundation: Initiative Foundation

By Kari Aanestad|2021-01-28T20:41:17-06:00January 15th, 2021|Foundations, Funding, Grantmaking, Grants, Grantwriting,...more

Departing QC Community Foundation CEO to Form a New, Bold Venture - Quad Cities
Foundation: Quad Cities Community Foundation, Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation

“Our work at the Community Foundation embodies these same principles. From Transformation Grants to scholarships, we have sought out new and better ways...more

Your Turn: Why I believe home is a human right
Foundation: Initiative Foundation

I am part of a special social entrepreneur program through the Initiative Foundation, called the Initiators Fellowship, in which I am being mentored...more

A rare opportunity to build a social enterprise, leadership and your community
Foundation: Initiative Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative

The fellowship is designed to assist early stage social entrepreneurs for two years by providing financial, educational and professional...more

Applications For 30K Stipend to Pursue Social Entrepreneurship Open
Foundation: Initiative Foundation

Program Manager Chris Fastner explained what social entrepreneurship is. “It's a business that has both a profit motive and a purpose motive. It's...more

Northwest Minnesota Foundation seeks applicants for its Initiative Fellowship
Foundation: Initiative Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation

Social enterprise ventures are for-profit or nonprofit businesses that are created to achieve a mission. Mark Van Herr's story. Marc Van Herr is a...more

Apply for the Minnesota Initiative Foundation Social Entrepreneuship Fellowship
Foundation: Initiative Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, West Central Initiative

The Initiators Fellowship, launched by the Initiative Foundation in 2016, is available to social entrepreneurs in its 14-county service area including the counties of Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs,...more



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Beam is a UK-based social enterprise was launched in November 2017 and has so far helped more than 400 people achieve their potential with crowdfunding of more than $2 million.




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