Southwest Minnesota is a place of opportunity. Our communities, large and small, are full of dreamers and doers who make our towns stronger and better places to live. At Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF), we’ve been supporting our region’s dreamers for nearly 40 years. Investment, partnership and support from our donors and partners is critical for us to provide the capital, engagement and resources that our amazing communities throughout the region need to achieve their dreams.
Give Where You Live
The Clarkfield Area Community Foundation is supported by generous donors who care about Clarkfield. Donations grow the foundation’s endowment fund, and the advisory board awards annual grants to benefit the community. Since 2010, CACF has granted nearly $150,000 to support community projects and initiatives in Clarkfield and the surrounding area, and they will be granting an additional $15,000 before the end of 2023.
This annual impact report shines a light on our partners, donors and the community relationships that power our mission. Their generosity and dedication make it possible to address critical community needs in pursuit of economic mobility for all our kids and families.
Cris and Linda Remucal moved to Hutchinson in 1973 so Cris could work as a surgeon in Hutchinson, Glencoe, Litchfield and Winsted. They liked it and stayed, raising three sons and weaving themselves into the fabric of the community. Today, the Remucals support SWIF and their local community foundation through their IRA.
Rich and Kathy Wehking learned about Southwest Initiative Foundation from their financial advisor. They liked the variety of work to support communities, from early childhood to business development, and knowing the organization was well-established. Together with their advisor and Southwest Initiative Foundation staff, Rich and Kathy created a Charitable Remainder Trust to support the community they love.
David C. “Pat” McFarland Jr. was a steadfast member of the Marshall community, whose thoughtful and generous estate planning will impact generations to come. In Pat’s estate plan, he included bequests that left three cash gifts to Southwest Initiative Foundation. Each bequest created an endowment fund that carries his name and supports organizations close to his heart: St. James Episcopal Church, Prairie Home Hospice, and Friends of the Orchestra, all in Marshall.