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


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

Initiative Foundation's focus shifts to COVID relief in 2020
Foundation: Initiative Foundation

He said the foundation was able to capture funding and funnel it into 111 emergency child care grants during the past year. It also got relief from...more

A Call for Solidarity and Collective Action: Asian American Philanthropy Letter of Intention | AAPIP
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Boston Foundation, California Community Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Essex County Community Foundation, Initiative Foundation, Jacobs Family Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Omaha Community Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Rose Community Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Stanislaus Community Foundation, Surdna Foundation, California Endowment, Chicago Community Trust, Cleveland Foundation, Columbus Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Minneapolis Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, San Diego Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Washington Women's Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, William T. Grant Foundation, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Irvine Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Open Society Foundations, California Wellness Foundation, Simons Foundation, Central Valley Community Foundation

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. As Asian American philanthropic leaders, we are outraged and horrified by the racially...more

Early learner education grants awarded locally
Foundation: Initiative Foundation

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education, recently approved 18 grants through its...more

Land & Waters Preservation Trust announces grant fund opportunity for 2021
Foundation: Initiative Foundation

Land & Waters Preservation Trust announces grant fund opportunity for 2021. Written By: Brainerd Dispatch | Dec 1st 2020 - 2am. AddThis...more

Braham Area Education Foundation supports students with $3449 in fall grants
Foundation: Initiative Foundation

These grants followed the Foundation's two sets of grants announced during each of the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years, and the...more



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