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.

Accounting Specialist, Community Philanthropy Manager

Join Our Team!

If you believe growing the economy, building community, and creating a culture of generosity are important to Central Minnesota, then we have a lot in common. The Initiative Foundation is looking for an accounting specialist and a community philanthropy manager to join our team. Explore these opportunities today. Enjoy an excellent compensation and benefits package as you help to fulfill our team-based mission to build a thriving economy, vibrant communities, and a lasting culture of generosity.

Coaching, Lending, Classes & More

Support for Your Business

Lending programs at the Initiative Foundation go beyond just providing capital. As a certified Community Development Financial Institution, or CDFI, we also provide business support to help borrowers succeed. Support can come in many forms, from business planning and credit counseling to other forms of education to bolster borrowers’ financial capacity.

Read Spring IQ Magazine

Get some inspiration by reading the spring 2024 edition of IQ Magazine. Meet the 2024-2025 cohort of Initiators Fellows, get to know Brian Voerding, incoming Foundation president, and learn about renowned jingle dress maker Adrienne Benjamin.


Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase & Awards

You are invited to the 2024 Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase & Awards from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at The Clearing in Sauk Rapids. Six outstanding St. Cloud-area entrepreneurs will be recognized for their business-building efforts.

Lending: A Mission to Serve

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.

$71 Million

Through 10,675 grants delivered to schools, nonprofits and local units of government

$524 Million

Leveraged in outside investments through 1,243 loans totaling $70 million


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

Latest News

Foundation Awards Nearly $635,000 During First Quarter

Initiative Foundation Partner Funds awarded 73 grants totaling more than $458,000. Among other efforts, these grants supported scholarships for graduating seniors, a special education resource… Read More

Tabatt Elevated to Vice President for Economic Opportunity

The Initiative Foundation, a regional foundation with a focus on economic and community development in the 14 counties of Central Minnesota, announced today that Zach… Read More

Grants Awarded to Alleviate Loneliness, Social Isolation

The Initiative Foundation is pleased to announce the award of 25 grants across Central Minnesota for projects, programs, and community-building ideas that bridge differences and… Read More

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