Helping Central Minnesota people build and sustain thriving communities

How Can We Help You?

The Initiative Foundation works daily to strengthen the economy and communities of Central Minnesota. Choose an option: Let’s work together to bring greater opportunity and prosperity to all.

Register for Fundraising Summit

Nonprofit Staff and Board: Janet Cobb, fundraising trainer, will lead a three-day fundraising summit on Oct. 10, 11 and 12. Come for one day or all three!

Lending: A Mission to Serve You

By providing access to capital and support to borrowers, CDFIs like the Initiative Foundation help to create opportunities for economic growth and empowerment in disadvantaged areas.

Making a Difference in Central Minnesota—With Your Support

Supported by your generosity, the Initiative Foundation since its founding in 1986 has invested multiple millions into Central Minnesota through grants, loans and programming.

$66 Million

Through nearly 11,000 grants delivered to schools, nonprofits and local units of government

$499 Million

Leveraged in outside investments through 1,168 loans totaling $66.1 million


People supported through training for nonprofits, community programs, etc.

Latest News

Foundation Awards More than $576,000 During Second Quarter

LITTLE FALLS, MN—The Initiative Foundation delivered 120 grants during the second quarter of 2023 totaling more than $576,000. More than $273,000 went to support downtown… Read More

Initiative Foundation Welcomes New Staff Members

The Initiative Foundation is pleased to welcome four experienced staff members to our growing team. These new staff members will support several teams as the… Read More

Rural Voice Town Hall Coming to Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS, MN—The Rural Voice series, developed by several Minnesota Initiative Foundations that serve Greater Minnesota along with the Otto Bremer Trust and Compeer Financial,… Read More

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