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.

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 a community philanthropy manager to join our team. Explore this opportunity 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.

You Are Invited

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.

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.


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.

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

2024 Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase & Awards

The Initiative Foundation invites the public to the 2024 Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase & Awards from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at The… Read More

14 Graduate From Long Prairie Enterprise Academy Class

The Initiative Foundation is celebrating the graduation of 14 new entrepreneurs who are dedicated to building their homegrown business ideas in the Long Prairie area. Read More

Initiative Foundation Welcomes Two New Staff Members

The Initiative Foundation has announced that Krista Olson has joined the team as grants and compliance officer and Stephen Rider as a small business coordinator. Read More

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