NEW! Engaged Partners Grant Opportunity

I know we ask a lot of our community foundation affiliate partners. This fall seems to be especially busy, with many events, activities and changes happening in a very short time frame. With all this buzz of activity in mind, we have Continue Reading

Registration Deadline for “The Million Dollar Questions”

Have you taken the time to register for “The Million Dollar Question” fundraising workshop? Speaker Marcy Heim takes the fear out of fundraising, shows you how to tell your foundation’s story, and teaches you how to have successful Continue Reading

Ready to Launch: New Community Fund Portal

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here! The new community fund management portal is ready to launch, and several technology demonstration sessions have been scheduled across the region. Many of the interactions you currently have Continue Reading

All Expenses Paid Trip to Wichita

2018 National Conference on Community Foundations Are you new to your board and wondering what this community foundation business is all about? Or maybe you’re a long-term board member who’s been thinking about how you might increase Continue Reading

“The Million Dollar Question”: Fundraising training Oct. 3

If you’re like most people, the thought of asking others for money can be intimidating. After all, you may get asked questions you don’t feel prepared to answer. Or worse yet, some people will decline to give, and no one likes to feel Continue Reading

Spotlight on the Granite Falls Area Community Foundation

Last November, the Granite Falls Area Community Foundation (GFACF) was awarded $1.2 million dollars by the Bush Foundation. Archibald Bush was a native son of Granite Falls, and the Bush Foundation was seeking a way to honor his legacy in Continue Reading

Varied voices improve your board

When you look at your board what do you see? Are there a wide variety of voices represented? Is the makeup or your board inclusive of various ages, genders or races? Is there a diversity of skills and competencies? In other words, is your Continue Reading

Welcome changes come with spring

Sometimes Minnesota weather can give you whiplash. With the way the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming, it’s hard to believe we were shoveling snow a few weeks ago. Winter didn’t seem to want to leave this year, but now that Continue Reading

Outlook on Spendable Policy

Spring is here, and that means it's almost time to calculate how much you have to spend in the coming year. The end of March marks the end of our 2018 fiscal year's third quarter, and these quarterly numbers are used to calculate spendable Continue Reading

Are you ready to respond?

Southwest Initiative Foundation is one of 23 organizations participating in an effort called the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership. That is quite a mouthful, so we call it PPREP for short. The goal of PPREP Continue Reading