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CAP Fall 2014

The Community Assistantship Program (CAP) is pleased to announce a fall 2014 grant program. The grant will allow rural communities to hire a student to work on a project defined […]

Murray County ECI Golf Tournament

(Proceeds will benefit Murray County Children Birth to Age Five) 4 Person Best Ball Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:00 pm shot gun start Slayton Country Club Slayton, MN Format: 9 […]

Statewide Aquatic Invaders Summit

ST. CLOUD, MINN.--The battle to protect Minnesota's cherished lakes and rivers from aggressive aquatic invasive species (AIS) will gain a host of new allies Jan. 20-21, 2015, when the Aquatic Invaders Summit gets under way at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Minnesota agencies and local entities have for decades waged aquatic invasive […]

Statewide Aquatic Invaders Summit

ST. CLOUD, MINN.--The battle to protect Minnesota's cherished lakes and rivers from aggressive aquatic invasive species (AIS) will gain a host of new allies Jan. 20-21, 2015, when the Aquatic Invaders Summit gets under way at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Minnesota agencies and local entities have for decades waged aquatic invasive […]

CAP 2015 Grant Program

The Community Assistantship Program (CAP) is pleased to announce a summer 2015 grant program. The grant will allow rural communities to hire a student to work on a project defined by those communities. The deadline for project proposals is March 15th, 2015. Approved projects will run from May 25th to August 24th, 2015. Winning communities […]

CAP 2015 Grant Program

The Community Assistantship Program (CAP) is pleased to announce a summer 2015 grant program. The grant will allow rural communities to hire a student to work on a project defined by those communities. The deadline for project proposals is March 15th, 2015. Approved projects will run from May 25th to August 24th, 2015. Winning communities […]

CAP 2015 Grant Program – Application Due

The Community Assistantship Program (CAP) is pleased to announce a summer 2015 grant program. The grant will allow rural communities to hire a student to work on a project defined by those communities. The deadline for project proposals is March 15th, 2015. Approved projects will run from May 25th to August 24th, 2015. Winning communities […]

AFP Mid-America Conference

2015 Mid America Conference on Fundraising The Central Iowa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is excited to host the 30th Mid America Conference on Fundraising in Des Moines, Iowa. From May 3 - 5, 2015, you'll experience the best game in town for fundraising! For registration and additional information please check out AFP Mid-America's website 

Join us for Spring Training in Arizona

Let's play ball! Our new President/CEO Diana Anderson has been hitting the road visiting with friends, partners, and donors to learn more about our southwest Minnesota Communities. Spring Training games are a fun way to connect with Diana and other in your Arizona community who share southwest Minnesota connections. Please see the attached flyer for […]

Join us for Spring Training in Arizona

Let's play ball! Our new President/CEO Diana Anderson has been hitting the road visiting with friends, partners, and donors to learn more about our southwest Minnesota Communities. Spring Training games are a fun way to connect with Diana and other in your Arizona community who share southwest Minnesota connections. Please see the attached flyer for […]

Positive Outlooks Program

A Hutchinson Area Skill Building Program Join us for a FREE program designed to help “out-of-school youth”, 17-21 years old, enter the workforce. Beginning March 2015 Career Interest Surveys Work/Family Balance Parent/Care Giver Education Customer Service Certification Child & Adult CPR/First Aid Resume Writing …and More! Please see the attached PDF for more details on […]

Jump-Start Manufacturing -Hutchinson

Jump-Start Manufacturing – is a business plan competition for people 18 years of age or older who are interested in starting or relocating a manufacturing business to the City of Hutchinson by January 4, 2016. Any type of manufacturing business is eligible, provided that it fits with existing zoning requirement. The tentative starting date is […]

MN Cup

DEADLINE MN Cup is the premier resource for Minnesota entrepreneurs. It supports emerging entrepreneurs from across the state through events, educational programming and an annual new venture competition that provides them with tools, resources and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures. Entering its eleventh year, the MN Cup is now […]

Southwest Initiative Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration

Prairies Edge Convention Center 5616 Prairies Edge Lane , Granite Falls

Save the date! Southwest Initiative Foundation is turning 30! Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a fun, fresh, regional celebration. Watch our website for details to come. Check out the details for our photo contest!

Regional Workforce Conference

Save the date! Regional partners are planning a workforce conference at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall to explore investments that build skills to match existing jobs and advance our rural economy.

Jump-Start Manufacturing Entry -Hutchinson

Jump-Start Manufacturing – is a business plan competition for people 18 years of age or older who are interested in starting or relocating a manufacturing business to the City of Hutchinson by January 4, 2016. Any type of manufacturing business is eligible, provided that it fits with existing zoning requirement. Entry is now due for […]

CAP Summer 2016 Research RFP – Due March 15th

The Community Assistantship Program (CAP) is pleased to announce a summer 2016 grant program. The grant will allow rural communities to hire a student to work on a project defined by those communities. The deadline for project proposals is March 15th, 2016. Approved projects will run from May 30th to August 28th, 2016. The Community […]

Rural Housing: Moving In, Out, and FORWARD

University of Minnesota, Morris 600 East 4th Street, Morris

Join the 10th Symposium on Small Towns “Rural Housing: Moving In, Out, and FORWARD” hosted by the Center for Small Towns June 7-9, 2016 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Participants from all over the state will come together to share skills and build networks to create a clear path forward in addressing current and […]

Free Breakfast and Lunch to Children in Willmar

Willmar Public Schools and the Salvation Army of Kandiyohi County are working together this summer to provide free breakfast and lunch to children in Willmar. Please visit this link for more information on dates and times of this location. http://www.wctrib.com/news/local/4050875-update-willmar-kids-can-get-free-breakfast-lunch-summer  

Grow Our Own Summit

Did you know that one in six southwest Minnesota kids lives in poverty? These kids are our future employees, community leaders, homeowners, volunteers and taxpayers. We believe that our region’s economy depends on their success. Join the Southwest Initiative Foundation as we launch into a new era of our regional work, focused on supporting all […]

$20

Community Assistantship Program Deadline

The Community Assistantship Program (CAP) is pleased to announce a Summer 2017 grant program. The grant will allow rural communities to hire a student to work on a project defined by those communities. The deadline for project proposals is March 6, 2017. Approved projects will run from May 29, 2017 to August 28, 2017.  Eligible organizations include […]

Worthington Regional Bio Conference

Worthington Event Center 1447 Prairie Dr, Worthington

The Worthington Regional Bio Conference (WRBC) is an annual gathering of industry professionals, research scientists, and business leaders. This conference is a great opportunity to showcase the region’s health and bio-businesses sectors and provide networking opportunities. Throughout its short history, the conference has featured industry leaders such as Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Doug […]

$75 – $110

Life Connections 2018 (Willmar)

Willmar Civic Center 3707 Arena Dr , Willmar

Life Connections, an event featuring booths, exhibits, seminars and entertainment for older adults, will take place Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20, at the Willmar Civic Center. FREE Admission Stop by and see us at the SWIF booth! On Friday, April 20, former journalist in broadcast and print for 50 years, Don Shelby will be […]

National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

Access to child care is the fastest growing economic issue in southwest Minnesota. Southwest Initiative Foundation is committed to finding solutions that help families, employers and communities. Part of our effort includes recognizing the dedication of our current child care providers on Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, May 11. Learn more at swifoundation.org/childcare.

Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota (Brainerd)

Madden's on Gull Lake 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd

Join policymakers, economic and community development professionals, and community broadband champions from across the state for this annual opportunity. Drawing inspiration from across the state, this year’s event will showcase and celebrate the transformative power of community passion fueled by high-speed broadband networks. Learn more and register online at https://blandinfoundation.org/news-room/events/border-to-border-broadband-transforming-minnesota/ Southwest Initiative Foundation is proud to sponsor […]

$120

Minnesota Alliance of Rural Addiction Treatment Programs Summer Conference (Willmar)

Willmar Conference Center 240 23rd St SE, Willmar

Minnesota Alliance of Rural Addiction Treatment Programs (MARATP) Summer Conference highlights include: The State of the Field Today Embracing the Promise of our Future in Recovery Aftercare for Gamblers Following their Treatment Experience Eight Parameters of Fitness and Wellness Alpha Stim Navigating the Murky Waters of Commitments and Holds Rural Health's Silver Bullet Designer drugs […]

$75 – $230

Border to Border Broadband: Transforming Minnesota (Brainerd)

Drawing inspiration from across the state, this year’s event will showcase and celebrate the transformative power of community passion fueled by high-speed broadband networks. The conference will showcase a variety of approaches that rural Minnesota communities have implemented to transform their communities into vibrant places now and into the future. Topics will cover the gamut from expanding […]

Kids First Early Childhood Conference (Granite Falls)

Prairies Edge Convention Center 5616 Prairies Edge Lane , Granite Falls

Friday will feature Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College whose recent work focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration when they are free to do so. On Saturday, attendees will hear from early childhood specialist Lisa Murphy, whose mission is to assist in the […]

$40 – $65

Child Care Provider Appreciation Day 2019

Child Care Provider Appreciation Day was founded in 1996 to recognize the tireless efforts of providers in caring for children of working parents. Southwest Initiative Foundation is highlighting this international celebration as part of our commitment to supporting quality, affordable child care, a critical part of our economy and communities in southwest Minnesota. In our […]

ConnectUP! MN (St. Paul)

Wilder Center 451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul

ConnectUP! MN is a two-day, culturally grounded gathering of curated underestimated entrepreneurs and investors who learn and share with each other, engage in relationship-building, provide best and next practices from the field and engage in active problem solving to build thriving, diverse and sustainable enterprises and co-design an ecosystem that prioritizes equitable access to resources, […]

Innovation: Putting Broadband to Work (Nisswa)

Grand View Lodge 23521 Nokomis Ave, Nisswa

Broadband access today is as varied as communities across Minnesota. Some enjoy a gig, others are working hard for any service, and the rest are somewhere in between. This conference is for all communities, regardless of where they are on the spectrum – because we’ve learned that having broadband isn’t enough. It takes inspiration, encouragement […]

ConnectUP! MN (St. Paul)

Metropolitan State University 700 E 7th St, Saint Paul

ConnectUP! MN is an annual summit that focuses on building community between entrepreneurs of color and women with investors to engage in active problem solving to build thriving, diverse and sustainable enterprises for people and communities of underserved populations. The two-day, culturally grounded summit aims to design an economic ecosystem that prioritizes equitable access to […]

Life Connections (Willmar)

Willmar Civic Center 3707 Arena Dr , Willmar

Stop by and visit our staff at the 21st annual Life Connections! This year's featured speaker is Byod Huppert. Boyd produces and hosts KARE 11’s weekly “Land of 10,000 Stories” segment, in addition to his work as a general assignment reporter. There will also be exhibits, seminars and entertainment, and admission is FREE. Note: This […]

Free

2020 Kids First Early Childhood Conference (Granite Falls)

Prairies Edge Convention Center 5616 Prairies Edge Lane , Granite Falls

The Kids First Early Childhood Conference brings some of the nation’s best trainers to southwest Minnesota. Child care providers who attend this 2-day training can receive up to 14 hours of Develop Approved training. Topics include: Managing Challenging Behaviors Circles of Safety, Awareness to Action: Understanding and Responding to Children’s Sexual Behaviors Book’s that Make […]

Ongoing

FREE DRDP Training – Marshall, MN

The DRDP has been revised into an all-inclusive birth through kindergarten instrument. Any ECFE, ECSE, School Readiness or early care and education providers that are using the 2010 version are […]

CERTs 2015 Conference – St Cloud

CERTs 2015 will be an exploration and celebration of successful energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and a coming together of hundreds of amazing people who are working to create a clean energy future in their communities and beyond.   Registration and more info

Border to Border Broadband: Better Together Conference

Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development invite you to to attend the 2015 Border to Border Broadband conference. This year's theme, Better Together, reflects the reality that it takes all of us to continue building the statewide momentum needed to ensure that all Minnesotans have access to broadband - the indispensable infrastructure […]

Life Connections (Willmar)

Willmar Civic Center 3707 Arena Dr , Willmar

Stop by SWIF's booth at the 20th anniversary Life Connections expo at the Willmar Civic Center. We'd love to talk with you about work we can partner on in your community! Thursday, April 25, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Returning Favorites: Outstanding Senior Citizen award sponsored by West […]

YES! Community Meeting/Survey

Prairie Woods ELC Spicer

Time to celebrate, time to reflect: Community conversations and survey about the future of YES! Join us for a night of celebration, connection and visioning! We’re looking to learn more […]

LegalCORPS

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Meet with an Attorney – Get Answers LegalCORPS volunteer lawyers provide brief, no-charge consultations to start-ups or existing businesses. Examples of legal issues in which […]

LegalCORPS

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Meet with an Attorney – Get Answers LegalCORPS volunteer lawyers provide brief, no-charge consultations to start-ups or existing businesses. Examples of legal issues in which […]

YES! Community Meeting/Survey

Time to celebrate, time to reflect: Community conversations and survey about the future of YES! Join us for a night of celebration, connection and visioning! We’re looking to learn more […]

Imagine what’s Possible Workshop

AFP Central and Southwest Chapter presents the... Imagine what’s Possible Fundraising Workshop Session Agenda 9 a.m. Chapter Board Meeting 10:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Training with Lori L. Jacobwith *11:45 […]

S.M.A.R.T. Pre-K Workshop

Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training (S.M.A.R.T.) Pre-K is a program that helps children's brains and bodies get ready to learn. It provides the foundation for the required basic readiness […]

“Goodbye Hugs” Reception Honoring Sherry Ristau

Crow River Winery 14848 Highway 7 East, Hutchinson

This is a come-and-go reception with refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting. The Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) is hosting a "Goodbye Hugs" reception honoring longtime President/CEO Sherry Ristau. This reception […]

Growing Home Circle Thank You Reception – Worthington

Historic Dayton House 1311 4th Avenue, Worthington

This is an exclusive reception for our Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Growing Home Circle donors. As a Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Growing Home Circle donor, you made an incredible impact in southwest Minnesota. […]

Growing Home Circle Thank You Reception – Spicer

This is an exclusive reception for our Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Growing Home Circle donors. As a Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Growing Home Circle donor, you made an incredible impact in southwest Minnesota. […]

Growing Home Circle Thank You Reception – Belview

Grandview Valley Winery 42703 Grandview Ave., Belview

This is an exclusive reception for our Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Growing Home Circle donors. As a Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Growing Home Circle donor, you made an incredible impact in southwest Minnesota. […]

Professional Advisor Luncheon – Using IRAs For Legacy Gifts

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Understanding the Use of IRAs to Make Lifetime and Testamentary Legacy Gifts Leading the discussion is Ron Wicklace, Financial Consultant with Diversified Financial Group in Canby, Minn. Wicklace graduated from […]

Professional Advisor Luncheon – Using IRAs For Legacy Gifts

Key Largo Bar & Restaurant 29 Valhalla Dr., Slayton

Understanding the Use of IRAs to Make Lifetime and Testamentary Legacy Gifts Leading the discussion is Ron Wicklace, Financial Consultant with Diversified Financial Group in Canby, Minn. Wicklace graduated from […]

Basics of Child Development Training – Redwood Falls

A LOW-COST training available in Redwood Falls! Basics of Child Development - $5 for 8 training hours Monday, November 10, 2014 6:00–10:00 pm & Monday, November 17, 2014 6:00-10:00 pm (Must […]

Basics of Child Development Training – Redwood Falls

A LOW-COST training available in Redwood Falls! Basics of Child Development - $5 for 8 training hours Monday, November 10, 2014 6:00–10:00 pm & Monday, November 17, 2014 6:00-10:00 pm (Must […]

Wild West Roundup with Lake Benton Area Foundation

The Lake Benton Area Foundation, an affiliate of Southwest Initiative Foundation, will host its annual gala at the Lake Benton Legion. This fundraising event includes hors d’oeuvres, wine/beer tastings, a […]

Annual Fundraiser – Heron Lake-Okabena Community Foundation

The Heron Lake-Okabena Community Foundation, an affiliate of Southwest Initiative Foundation, will host its annual event at the Heron Lake Community Center. This fundraising event includes dinner, a cash bar, silent auction and a grant presentation. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, contact Collette Diemer at ckdiemer@mvtvwireless.com.

Linder Farm Network Ag Outlook Meetings

Southwest Initiative Foundation is excited to be part of these annual educational session through our partnership with the Linder Farm Network. It’s a great opportunity for farmers to get information as they look ahead to 2015. We’ll be sharing information about our Keep It Growing℠ farmland giving program. Please see the agenda for dates, times […]

Linder Farm Network Ag Outlook Meetings

Southwest Initiative Foundation is excited to be part of these annual educational session through our partnership with the Linder Farm Network. It’s a great opportunity for farmers to get information as they look ahead to 2015. We’ll be sharing information about our Keep It Growing℠ farmland giving program. Please see the agenda for dates, times […]

Linder Farm Network Ag Outlook Meetings

Southwest Initiative Foundation is excited to be part of these annual educational session through our partnership with the Linder Farm Network. It’s a great opportunity for farmers to get information as they look ahead to 2015. We’ll be sharing information about our Keep It Growing℠ farmland giving program. Please see the agenda for dates, times […]

Linder Farm Network Ag Outlook Meetings

Southwest Initiative Foundation is excited to be part of these annual educational session through our partnership with the Linder Farm Network. It’s a great opportunity for farmers to get information as they look ahead to 2015. We’ll be sharing information about our Keep It Growing℠ farmland giving program. Please see the agenda for dates, times […]

Life Connections

Willmar Civic Center 3707 Arena Dr , Willmar

16th Annual Life Connections Tradeshow 2015 Willmar Civic Center   Life Connections has become a tradition for active adults age 50 and beyond in Willmar and southwest Minnesota by providing exhibits, seminars, entertainment and most importantly-interaction-for those who attend. The event is put on by the West Central Tribune, southwest Minnesota’s largest newspaper. Stay tuned […]

Introduction to Starting a New Business

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Southwest Initiative Foundation offers an Intro to Starting a Business Class on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am to noon in Hutchinson. To register contact Greg at 320-587-4848. For more information on this class please visit the Core website

Introduction to Starting a New Business

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Southwest Initiative Foundation offers an Intro to Starting a Business Class on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am to noon in Hutchinson. To register contact Greg at 320-587-4848. For more information on this class please visit the Core website

Introduction to Starting a New Business

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Southwest Initiative Foundation offers an Intro to Starting a Business Class on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:00 am to noon in Hutchinson. To register contact Greg at 320-587-4848. For more information on this class please visit the Core website

Minnesota Soybean Growers Association – Farm Transition

Minnesota Soybean presents: Transitioning Your Farm The positives of passing it on Nationally-known speaker Jolene Brown and an expert panel offer advice for farm families as they tackle the complexities of Transition and Succession Planning Please see the attached MSGA Transition flyer for more information for this event

Kandiyohi CEO class hosts “Night in the 20’s”

"Night in the 20's" The Kandiyohi CEO class would proudly like to invite you to their "Night in the 20's" dinner party on January 31, 2015. The event will be held at the Willmar Conference Center from 5 p.m - 8 p.m. The guest speaker will be Craig Lindvahl, founder of the CEO class. Come […]

ECDN-SW Advisory Meeting in Marshall

The ECDN-SW advisory meeting will be held in Marshall at the Government Center 607 W Main Street Rooms 4/5 on the third floor.

ECDN-SW Advisory Meeting in Willmar

The ECDN-SW advisory meeting will be held in Willmar at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building 2200 23rd St. NE Willmar Room 2045

CEO Regional Road Trip – BenLee’s Cafe Worthington

BenLee's Cafe 212 10th St , Worthington

We’re hitting the road with our new President/CEO Diana Anderson to visit donors, partners and friends throughout southwest Minnesota and we’d love to connect with you! Each stop will be a meet-and-greet, open house format with light food and drinks provided. There is no RSVP requested–simply join us when we visit your community! This is a great opportunity to connect with Southwest […]

CEO Regional Road Trip – Sterling’s Cafe & Grille Luverne

Sterling's Cafe & Grille 107 East Main St , Luverne

We’re hitting the road with our new President/CEO Diana Anderson to visit donors, partners and friends throughout southwest Minnesota and we’d love to connect with you! Each stop will be a meet-and-greet, open house format with light food and drinks provided. There is no RSVP requested–simply join us when we visit your community! This is a great opportunity to connect with Southwest […]

CEO Regional Road Trip – McKinney’s On Southside – Benson

We’re hitting the road with our new President/CEO Diana Anderson to visit donors, partners and friends throughout southwest Minnesota and we’d love to connect with you! Each stop will be a meet-and-greet, open house format with light food and drinks provided. There is no RSVP requested–simply join us when we visit your community! This is a great opportunity to connect with Southwest […]

CEO Regional Road Trip – Valentino’s in Montevideo

Valentino's 110 South 1st St , Montevideo

We’re hitting the road with our new President/CEO Diana Anderson to visit donors, partners and friends throughout southwest Minnesota and we’d love to connect with you! Each stop will be a meet-and-greet, open house format with light food and drinks provided. There is no RSVP requested–simply join us when we visit your community! This is a great opportunity to connect with Southwest […]

CEO Regional Road Trip – Max’s Grill in Olivia

Max's Grill West Highway 212, Olivia

We’re hitting the road with our new President/CEO Diana Anderson to visit donors, partners and friends throughout southwest Minnesota and we’d love to connect with you! Each stop will be a meet-and-greet, open house format with light food and drinks provided. There is no RSVP requested–simply join us when we visit your community! This is a great opportunity to connect with Southwest […]

CEO Regional Road Trip – Lange’s Café in Pipestone

We’re hitting the road with our new President/CEO Diana Anderson to visit donors, partners and friends throughout southwest Minnesota and we’d love to connect with you! Each stop will be a meet-and-greet, open house format with light food and drinks provided. There is no RSVP requested–simply join us when we visit your community! This is a great opportunity to connect with Southwest […]

Minnesota Council on Nonprofits – Webinar

  The Minnesota Council on Nonprofits is offering Anatomy of a Business Plan for Social Enterprise - It's Not Brain Surgery! - Webinar For more information please click on the above link  

Minnesota Council on Nonprofits – Webinar

  The Minnesota Council on Nonprofits is offering Building Relationships with Elected Officials - Webinar For more information please click on the above link  

Minnesota Council on Nonprofits – Webinar

  The Minnesota Council on Nonprofits is offering 45+ Great FUNdraising Ideas in 90 Minutes - Webinar For more information please click on the above link  

Advocacy: Supporting Early Childhood Programs

Max's Grill West Highway 212, Olivia

A conversation and training for Superintendents, School Board members, Early Childhood professionals, and concerned citizens. What can I do to help support the early childhood programs in my community? Can I really make an impact? I know nothing about advocacy, is this really for me? How do I even start? These questions and more will […]

Cavity Free Kids Training – Willmar

Training will run through the ECDN-SW Register at: http://bit.ly/cavity-free-kids  See the attached PDF for more information    

Farmers Lead the Way

We all know that erratic and extreme weather plays havoc with farmers' plans and bottom lines. That's why growers and others in the southwest Minnesota ag community are invited to hear about weather and climate trends and innovative agriculture practices to adapt to them at an event on Monday, March 16 at the U of […]

CEO Regional Road Trip – The Oaks at Eagle Creek, Willmar

The Oaks at Eagle Creek 1000 26th Ave NE, Willmar

We’re hitting the road with our new President/CEO Diana Anderson to visit donors, partners and friends throughout southwest Minnesota and we’d love to connect with you! Each stop will be a meet-and-greet, open house format with light food and drinks provided. There is no RSVP requested–simply join us when we visit your community! This is a great opportunity to connect with Southwest […]

College of Business Agriculture Forum – Minnesota State University

The College of Business Agriculture Forum is intended to provide a setting for key agriculture leaders, as well as higher education faculty and administration, to discuss how the workforce needs of the industry align with the career aspirations and professional preparation of students. Please see the attached PDF for more information on this event and […]

Positive Outlooks Program – Core Group Sessions

A Hutchinson Area Skill Building Program Join us for a FREE program designed to help “out-of-school youth”, 17-21 years old, enter the workforce. April - May 2015 Skills to Guide Your Future Career Interest Surveys Work/Family Balance Parent/Care Giver Education Customer Service Certification Child & Adult CPR/First Aid Resume Writing …and More! Please see the […]

The Everyday Leader – Marshall

Live Spring Event The Everyday Leader™ Series exists to develop leaders at all levels who make a difference everyday with the people they serve. This year’s theme – Engagement – will challenge you to take action in your workplace, family and community. Please see the attached PDF's for more information on this event!  

The Everyday Leader – Marshall

Live Fall Event The Everyday Leader™ Series exists to develop leaders at all levels who make a difference everyday with the people they serve. This year’s theme – Engagement – will challenge you to take action in your workplace, family and community. Please see the attached PDF's for more information on this event!  

Professional Advisor Luncheon – Slayton, MN

Key Largo Bar & Restaurant 29 Valhalla Dr., Slayton

Donor Advised Funds: Making the Private Foundation Concept Available to All Discussion Leaders - Susan Albrecht and Liz Cheney Susan Klasen Albrecht, EVP is Director of Wealth Planning Services at Bremer Financial Services of St. Paul. She assists Bremer's high net-worth clients in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, retirement planning, charitable planning and complex […]

Professional Advisor Luncheon – Slayton, MN

Key Largo Bar & Restaurant 29 Valhalla Dr., Slayton

Trust Officer Greg Kummer with Security Bank & Trust will discuss "Succession Planning Using Charitable Alternatives." Greg Kummer, CTFA of Security Bank & Trust Co. Professional Advisor Luncheon Discussions are designed to help attendees: Learn how estate planning charitable alternatives can be helpful to you and your clients. Learn how Southwest Initiative Foundation can assist […]

Professional Advisor Luncheon – Hutchinson, MN

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Trust Officer Greg Kummer with Security Bank & Trust will discuss "Succession Planning Using Charitable Alternatives." Greg Kummer, CTFA of Security Bank & Trust Co. Professional Advisor Luncheon Discussions are designed to help attendees: Learn how estate planning charitable alternatives can be helpful to you and your clients. Learn how Southwest Initiative Foundation can assist […]

Professional Advisor Luncheon – Hutchinson, MN

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Donor Advised Funds: Making the Private Foundation Concept Available to All Discussion Leaders - Susan Albrecht and Liz Cheney Susan Klasen Albrecht, EVP is Director of Wealth Planning Services at Bremer Financial Services of St. Paul. She assists Bremer's high net-worth clients in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, retirement planning, charitable planning and complex […]

CEO Regional Road Trip – Cricket Meadow, Litchfield

Cricket Meadow 113 N Sibley Ave, Litchfield

We’re hitting the road with our new President/CEO Diana Anderson to visit donors, partners and friends throughout southwest Minnesota and we’d love to connect with you! Each stop will be a meet-and-greet, open house format with light food and drinks provided. There is no RSVP requested–simply join us when we visit your community! This is a great opportunity to connect with Southwest […]

CEO Regional Road Trip – Business Arts & Recreation Center Library, Windom

Business Arts & Recreation Center 1012 5th Ave, Windom

We’re hitting the road with our new President/CEO Diana Anderson to visit donors, partners and friends throughout southwest Minnesota and we’d love to connect with you! Each stop will be a meet-and-greet, open house format with light food and drinks provided. There is no RSVP requested–simply join us when we visit your community! This is a great opportunity to connect with Southwest […]

Positive Outlooks Program – Core Group Sessions

A Hutchinson Area Skill Building Program Join us for a FREE program designed to help “out-of-school youth”, 17-21 years old, enter the workforce. April - May 2015 Skills to Guide Your Future Career Interest Surveys Work/Family Balance Parent/Care Giver Education Customer Service Certification Child & Adult CPR/First Aid Resume Writing …and More! Please see the […]

Positive Outlooks Program – Core Group Sessions

A Hutchinson Area Skill Building Program Join us for a FREE program designed to help “out-of-school youth”, 17-21 years old, enter the workforce. April - May 2015 Skills to Guide Your Future Career Interest Surveys Work/Family Balance Parent/Care Giver Education Customer Service Certification Child & Adult CPR/First Aid Resume Writing …and More! Please see the […]

Professional Advisor Luncheon – Hutchinson, MN

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Leah R. Gilbert, Esq., Pluto Legal, Tyler, Minn. Join Leah Gilbert of Pluto Legal in Tyler, Minn. for a complementary lunch and discussion, “Charitable Planning Made Easy.” Leah’s presentation will discuss the importance of individualized client planning and presenting charitable options to clients in ways they can easily understand and implement based on their wants, […]

Professional Advisor Luncheon – Slayton, MN

Key Largo Bar & Restaurant 29 Valhalla Dr., Slayton

Leah R. Gilbert, Esq., Pluto Legal, Tyler, Minn. Join Leah Gilbert of Pluto Legal in Tyler, Minn. for a complementary lunch and discussion, “Charitable Planning Made Easy.” Leah’s presentation will discuss the importance of individualized client planning and presenting charitable options to clients in ways they can easily understand and implement based on their wants, […]

i3@MTC Youth Science Retreat – Willmar, MN

i3@MTC is a science centered event geared for students in fourth grade through high school. The event is FREE and open to the entire family. Find how a love for science, technology, engineering and math can lead your future. Please check out MinnWest Technology Campus website for more details.

Worthington Blandin Community Leadership Program Graduation and Welcome Home

Worthington Event Center 1447 Prairie Dr, Worthington

The Southwest Initiative Foundation in partnership with the Blandin Foundation and the 2015 Worthington Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP) graduating class invite you to an evening of celebration and networking! The event will take place at the Worthington Event Center 4:30 – 5:50 Celebrate with the 2015 Blandin cohort as they graduate from BCLP 5:50 […]

Kandiyohi CEO Student Trade Show

KCEO students are in the middle of finalizing their individual businesses.  Once finished, students will begin preparing for the first annual KCEO Trade Show.  This event will be held in the Life Center Auditorium on the beautiful MinnWest Campus. The doors will open at 4:30 for two hours and each student will prepare a business […]

Leadercast – Worthington

Leadercast® is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Worthington! This years speakers inculde: Yousafzai, Ed Catmull, Rudy Giuliani, Andy Stanley, Bill McDermott, Aja Brown, CMDR Rorke Denver, Seth Godin, Bill & Giuliana Rancic. Click here to register

$99.00

Leadercast – Granite Falls

Leadercast® is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Granite Falls! This years speakers inculde: Yousafzai, Ed Catmull, Rudy Giuliani, Andy Stanley, Bill McDermott, Aja Brown, CMDR Rorke Denver, Seth Godin, Bill & Giuliana Rancic. Click here to register

$99.00

University of Minnesota Extension – 2015 Leadership Series

Mark your calendars! Extension is kicking off the 2015 Leadership Series with a number of events that are designed for leaders to support your work and provide new learning opportunities. Register for the webinars - Creating connection in your personal and community lives - is already open. This two part webinar examines how creating positive […]

$25

University of Minnesota Extensions – 2015 Leadership Series

Leading ourselves through change Second Friday of September, October, and November Registration for one, two, or all three opening this summer 2015 Dealing with change can be one of the most difficult challenges leaders encounter when working with others. This three-part webinar series offers practical tools, engaging insights, and stories that will help leaders successfully […]

University of Minnesota Extensions – 2015 Leadership Series

Leading ourselves through change Second Friday of September, October, and November Registration for one, two, or all three opening this summer 2015 Dealing with change can be one of the most difficult challenges leaders encounter when working with others. This three-part webinar series offers practical tools, engaging insights, and stories that will help leaders successfully […]

University of Minnesota Extensions – 2015 Leadership Series

Leading ourselves through change Second Friday of September, October, and November Registration for one, two, or all three opening this summer 2015 Dealing with change can be one of the most difficult challenges leaders encounter when working with others. This three-part webinar series offers practical tools, engaging insights, and stories that will help leaders successfully […]

Jump-Start Manufacturing Entry -Hutchinson

Jump-Start Manufacturing – is a business plan competition for people 18 years of age or older who are interested in starting or relocating a manufacturing business to the City of Hutchinson by January 4, 2016. Any type of manufacturing business is eligible, provided that it fits with existing zoning requirement. Entry is now due for […]

Jump-Start Manufacturing Entry -Hutchinson

Jump-Start Manufacturing – is a business plan competition for people 18 years of age or older who are interested in starting or relocating a manufacturing business to the City of Hutchinson by January 4, 2016. Any type of manufacturing business is eligible, provided that it fits with existing zoning requirement. Entry is now due for […]

Market Smarter Online Presence, Sales and Growth – Worthington

Come for a one-day event and learn how to Market Smarter in regards to online presence, sales and growth. We want you to leave with the tools to take your social media marketing to the next level. The day kicks off with keynote speaker Tena Pettis. Her passion and energy will have you wanting to rock […]

$49

Retail Trade Analysis Report – Worthington

BenLee's Cafe 212 10th St , Worthington

The Worthington Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the University of Minnesota Extension to determine opportunities available for retail businesses in the area. A tool, called the Retail Trade Analysis (RTA) report, utilizes sales tax data from Worthington & Nobles County to tabulate an historical overview of retail businesses in the area. The RTA […]

Autism Spectrum Disorders Course – Hutchinson

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Three Courses – 1 hour each During these courses, participants will gain an overview of the history and a philosophical approach to ASD. Learn evidence based practices for supporting children with ASD in both educational & therapeutics settings. In addition, social emotional, behavioral, communication, and sensory needs and strategies to support students will be addressed. […]

$25

Developing a Road-map to Planned Giving – Alexandria

Grand Arbor 4403 Pioneer Road SE , Alexandria

Join AFP SW/Central Minnesota Chapter as they share concepts and ways to begin and enhance efforts for successful planned giving. Register today See attached PDF for more details

Minnesota Farmfest 2015 – Morgan, MN

Farmfest 2015 is here! For ticket information, list of exhibitors, schedule of events and more, please visit the Farmfest website. Thursday will be SWIF day this year Stop by and visit a SWIF staff Tuesday-Thursday booth #3504.   Also, hear us on the Linder Farm Network every Friday as we talk about our "Keep It […]

Minnesota Farmfest 2015 – Morgan, MN

Farmfest 2015 is here! For ticket information, list of exhibitors, schedule of events and more, please visit the Farmfest website. Thursday will be SWIF day this year Stop by and visit a SWIF staff Tuesday-Thursday booth #3504.   Also, hear us on the Linder Farm Network every Friday as we talk about our "Keep It […]

Minnesota Farmfest 2015 – Morgan, MN

Farmfest 2015 is here! For ticket information, list of exhibitors, schedule of events and more, please visit the Farmfest website. Thursday will be SWIF day this year Stop by and visit a SWIF staff Tuesday-Thursday booth #3504.   Also, hear us on the Linder Farm Network every Friday as we talk about our "Keep It […]

Animal Science Conference – Willmar

MinnWest Technology Campus 1700 Technology Drive , Willmar

Animal Science industry representatives, early stage animal science companies, venture capitalists, angels and strategic investors, and others that are important to the success of this niche industry- such as business development, service providers, university representatives and economic development leaders. Attend the Animal Science Conference to connect with experts in the areas of animal care, water […]

Coffee and Conversation with Board and Staff – Luverne

Rock County Veterans Memorial Buiilding

Join Our Board of Directors and Staff for Coffee and Conversation Aug. 19th! We host our Board of Directors meetings in a different southwest Minnesota community every-other-month, and this month we're meeting in Luverne. Before we dive into our business meeting, we'd love to learn more about Luverne from those of you who know it […]

Open Streets Hutchinson

Open Streets Hutchinson is an event that encourages recreation, community activities and fun in Hutchinson, MN. The Open Streets Hutchinson event will close a stretch of 3rd Avenue NW along the Luce Line State Trail to automobile traffic, and opens the street up for people to enjoy being active together as a community. A special […]

SWIF Presidential Meet and Greet – Ortonville

Java Jules Coffee House & Bistro 221 2nd St NW , Ortonville

We’re hitting the road with our new President/CEO Diana Anderson to visit donors, partners and friends throughout southwest Minnesota and we’d love to connect with you! Join us for morning coffee in Ortonville Connect with Southwest Initiative Foundation leadership and share what’s happening in your area. Each stop is a meet-and-greet, open house format. There […]

Early Childhood Dental Network-SW Fall Advisory Meeting

Redwood Falls Golf Course 101 Oak Street , Redwood Falls

Please save the date Tuesday October 13th for our Regional Advisory Meeting.  We will be serving lunch for all guests at 12:30 and plan to adjourn by 4 pm.  We will once again be meeting at the Redwood Falls Golf Course, 101 Oak Street Redwood Falls.   Agenda items include: mini grant applications, State ECDN updates, SMART work plans and resource mapping. We will […]

Annual Fund Partner Training

We’ll host our annual training for fund partners on Wednesday, Nov. 4th at Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort near Granite Falls, starting at noon with lunch and ending by 6:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss this! The speaker for the 6-figure fundraising topic is Sandy Rees, CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) of Get Fully Funded. And, the speakers for […]

Early Learning Listening Session – Willmar

The Minnesota Department of Education, in partnership with the Minnesota Initiative Foundations and Minnesota’s Future, is holding regional community listening sessions this November to learn how we can be more effective in linking policies, programs and practices to ensure every child in Minnesota has a high-quality early education. See the full invitation and RSVP information […]

AFP SW/Central Minnesota Chapter Conference

Join AFP SW/Central Chapter and presenter Sandy Rees of Get Fully Funded as she presents on Messaging Matters. This training is all about finding the right words to attract donors and prospects. In it, Sandy shares several easy to follow formulas for messaging that every non-profit needs. Register today! See the attached PDF for more details

Linder Farm Network Ag Outlook Meetings

Southwest Initiative Foundation is excited to be part of these annual educational session through our partnership with the Linder Farm Network. It’s a great opportunity for farmers to get information as they look ahead to 2016. We’ll be sharing information about our Keep It Growing℠ farmland giving program. Click on the brochure link to get details […]

Social/Emotional Needs of Young Children Training – WIllmar

Do you work with parents who have children under the age of 5? Would you like to know how to better recognize when there are developmental concerns and when and where to refer? Then this is the training for you! Please see the attached flyer for details on dates, times and locations of this training.

Social/Emotional Needs of Young Children Training – Olivia

Do you work with parents who have children under the age of 5? Would you like to know how to better recognize when there are developmental concerns and when and where to refer? Then this is the training for you! Please see the attached flyer for details on dates, times and locations of this training.

Social/Emotional Needs of Young Children Training – Hutchinson

Do you work with parents who have children under the age of 5? Would you like to know how to better recognize when there are developmental concerns and when and where to refer? Then this is the training for you! Please see the attached flyer for details on dates, times and locations of this training.

CANCELLED: Age-Friendly Communities Informational Event – Worthington

Unfortunately, the Southwest Initiative Foundation did not receive enough RSVPs for the Age Friendly Community Events, so the events scheduled in Worthington, Marshall, Willmar, and Hutchinson for March 10th and 11th have been cancelled. We are going to publish an additional discussion paper related to the work that we will pair with a networking lunch […]

CANCELLED: Age-Friendly Communities Informational Event – Marshall

Unfortunately, the Southwest Initiative Foundation did not receive enough RSVPs for the Age Friendly Community Events, so the events scheduled in Worthington, Marshall, Willmar, and Hutchinson for March 10th and 11th have been cancelled. We are going to publish an additional discussion paper related to the work that we will pair with a networking lunch […]

CANCELLED: Age-Friendly Communities Informational Event – Willmar

Unfortunately, the Southwest Initiative Foundation did not receive enough RSVPs for the Age Friendly Community Events, so the events scheduled in Worthington, Marshall, Willmar, and Hutchinson for March 10th and 11th have been cancelled. We are going to publish an additional discussion paper related to the work that we will pair with a networking lunch […]

CANCELLED: Age-Friendly Communities Informational Event – Willmar

Unfortunately, the Southwest Initiative Foundation did not receive enough RSVPs for the Age Friendly Community Events, so the events scheduled in Worthington, Marshall, Willmar, and Hutchinson for March 10th and 11th have been cancelled. We are going to publish an additional discussion paper related to the work that we will pair with a networking lunch […]

Luncheon for Professional Advisors – Marshall

Bello Cucina 100 College Dr, Marshall

Giving Farmland for Charitable Goals while Keeping Farm Income Join us for a complimentary networking luncheon and discussion! Attorney Pat Costello will explain how a Retained Life Estate provides tax benefits and helps clients leave a legacy for their community through SWIF’s Keep it Growing Program. Pat developed the Keep it Growing program, the first of […]

Luncheon for Professional Advisors – Hutchinson

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Giving Farmland for Charitable Goals while Keeping Farm Income Join us for a complimentary networking luncheon and discussion! Attorney Pat Costello will explain how a Retained Life Estate provides tax benefits and helps clients leave a legacy for their community through SWIF’s Keep it Growing Program. Pat developed the Keep it Growing program, the first of […]

The Greater Than MN Project – Redwood Falls

Pizza Ranch 1360 E Bridge Street, Redwood Falls

Please join The Greater than MN Project for an information session for child care providers in Redwood County! This event is designed to listen, learn, and ask questions about: The Great Than MN Project and the community Solution Action Plan that was developed for Redwood County The Business Leadership Cohort designed specifically for child care […]

Engaging the Private Sector in Early Care & Education – Redwood Falls

Redwood Area Community Center 901 Cook Street , Redwood Falls

The Raising of America Join us for a special viewing of Are we Crazy About Our Kids? A supporting episode for the upcoming release of The Raising of America: Early Childhood & the Future of Our Nation Featuring a program with: Rob Grunewald, Economist, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank Jodi Maertens, Program Officer, Southwest Initiative Foundation Heidi Hagel-Braid, Minnesota Director, […]

Leadercast 2016

Leadercast® is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Worthington, Granite Falls and Jackson! This years speakers include: Kat Cole—Group President, FOCUS Brands, Inc. (including Cinnabon®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s®, and more) Steve Wozniak—Co-founder of Apple, Inc., Henry Cloud—Acclaimed Leadership Expert, Clinical Psychologist, […]

Life Connections – Willmar

Willmar Civic Center 3707 Arena Dr , Willmar

Life Connections, an event featuring booths, exhibits, seminars and entertainment for older adults, will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 15th at the Willmar Civic Center. FREE Admission West Central Minnesota's Largest Event for Adults 50 Plus Talk to hundreds of active 50 and beyond people Stop by and see us at the […]

12th Annual Worthington Bio Conference

Worthington Event Center 1447 Prairie Dr, Worthington

The Worthington Regional Bio Conference (WRBC) is an annual gathering of industry professionals, research scientists, and business leaders. This conference is a great opportunity to showcase the region’s health and bio-businesses sectors and provide networking opportunities. Throughout its short history, the conference has featured industry leaders such as Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Doug […]

F.R.E.D Event at End.O.Line Park – Currie

Families Reading Every Day at End.O.Line Park in Currie! Story times with Local Readers! Free Books! Go for a ride on the Turntable! Explore the Caboose! Snacks! And more!! Please see the attached flyer for more details!  

Free

Summer FRED Event – Slayton

Families Reading Every Day All families are welcome with children ages Birth to Grade 1. Children must be accompanied by an adult a. in case of inclement weather, listen to KJOE for announcement. Please see the attached flyer for more details

Luncheon for Professional Advisors – Hutchinson

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Understanding the Use of IRAs as Lifetime and Testamentary Gifts Join us for a complimentary networking luncheon and discussion! Bill Sommerness and Bridget Scrabeck will share important considerations regarding IRA assets as charitable gifts, including tax benefits, timing and appropriate steps, and the Charitable IRA Opportunity law (passed last year). 11:30 to 12:00  Get acquainted […]

Luncheon for Professional Advisors – Marshall

Bello Cucina 100 College Dr, Marshall

Understanding the Use of IRAs as Lifetime and Testamentary Gifts Join us for a complimentary networking luncheon and discussion! Bill Sommerness and Bridget Scrabeck will share important considerations regarding IRA assets as charitable gifts, including tax benefits, timing and appropriate steps, and the Charitable IRA Opportunity law (passed last year). 11:30 to 12:00  Get acquainted […]

Ag & Animal Science Conference

MinnWest Technology Campus 1700 Technology Drive , Willmar

Attendees of this conference will have a unique opportunity to help design the future of the regional industry through an interactive group session led by facilitator Dr. Bruce Miles. After reviewing essential research summaries, conference participants will work in guided small groups to develop specific action plans for change around these important topic areas: Animal […]

Luncheon for Professional Advisors – Hutchinson

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Using Charitable Trusts in Succession Planning Join us for a complimentary networking luncheon and discussion! Attorney Scott Miller will explore the mechanics and tax advantages of a variety of charitable trust vehicles, and how each could be a helpful tool for your clients. Miller is the founder and managing attorney of Miller Legal Strategic Planning […]

Luncheon for Professional Advisors – Marshall

Bello Cucina 100 College Dr, Marshall

Using Charitable Trusts in Succession Planning Join us for a complimentary networking luncheon and discussion! Attorney Scott Miller will explore the mechanics and tax advantages of a variety of charitable trust vehicles, and how each could be a helpful tool for your clients. Miller is the founder and managing attorney of Miller Legal Strategic Planning […]

Everyday Leader: Fall Simulcast Event

Marshall High School 400 Tiger Drive, Marshall

Everyday individuals are the leaders that shape the world. Everyday Leader equips people with the tools necessary to improve the world they see around them and the inspiration to view themselves as someone important enough to bring that change! Our fall event is a live simulcast hosted by leadership expert John C. Maxwell. Live2Lead is Maxwell's […]

$50

Advance Screening of Defying the Nazis: Sharps’ War

The untold story of an American husband and wife who spent nearly two years on life-threatening missions in Europe to save refugees and dissidents. Two separate screenings--one at 5:30 p.m and on at 7:00 p.m A discussion led by Steve Hunegs of the Jewish Community Relations council will follow each showing of a 35-minute portion […]

Professional Education Event

Hosted by Association of Fundraising Professionals - Central and SW Chapter Rasmussen Business College, St. Cloud Becoming (and remaining) an extraordinary fundraiser is easier with ongoing education and peer interaction. AFP Central and SW Chapter events connect you to the insights of your peers locally and the insights of experts in the field throughout Minnesota. […]

$20

2016 Meander Art Crawl

The award winning Meander Art Crawl is a free self-guided tour of artist studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The Meander is a great "trip on a tank full" for those seeking authentic culture, history and scenic vistas. The event is about welcoming people and being connected to the local […]

2016 Meander Art Crawl

The award winning Meander Art Crawl is a free self-guided tour of artist studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The Meander is a great "trip on a tank full" for those seeking authentic culture, history and scenic vistas. The event is about welcoming people and being connected to the local […]

2016 Meander Art Crawl

The award winning Meander Art Crawl is a free self-guided tour of artist studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The Meander is a great "trip on a tank full" for those seeking authentic culture, history and scenic vistas. The event is about welcoming people and being connected to the local […]

Grantwriting Clinic for Beginners – Willmar

Nobles County Description

Grantwriting is a useful skill that is required in many nonprofit positions. Many people who work in nonprofits find themselves in the position of “accidental grantwriter” and do not feel fully equipped for the challenge. This session is geared towards individuals that are brand new to grantwriting and have less than one year of experience. […]

$45

Free! Indoor Campout

For Dads* and Kids (up to age 6) *grandpas, uncles, adult siblings and friends are welcome March 3, 2017 5:10-6:10  Preschool-Kindergarten 6:30-7:30  Grades 1-2 A light supper will be served Every child goes home with a free book! To register: Stop in at the Redwood Falls Public Library or give us a call before Monday, […]

Made in McLeod Education Event: Minnesota DEED Minnesota PIPELINE and MAI Programs

YOU’RE INVITED! Please join Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding, Inc. (MITGI) in welcoming members of Minnesota DEED helping manufacturers and educators to learn more about the Minnesota PIPELINE and MAI grant programs on February 27th, from 1 pm – 3 pm, at the Ridgewater College Business Development Center in Hutchinson, Room 513. A calendar notice will […]

Bush Foundation Office Hours-Granite Falls, MN 2017

Minnesota West Community College and Technical College, Granite Falls 1595 11th Avenue, Granite Falls

The Bush Foundation is coming to Granite Falls! To sign up for a time to meet with Foundation staff during our visit, please register for the time slot that works best for you and/or your group.

Bush Foundation Office Hours-Willmar, MN 2017

Former Erickson Building 309 Litchfield Ave SW, Willmar

The Bush Foundation is coming to Willmar! To sign up for a time to meet with Foundation staff during our visit, please register for the time slot that works best for you and/or your group.

How to Make Your Business Work For You

Southwest Initiative Foundation 15 3rd Ave NW, Hutchinson

Duane Hoversten with the Southwest Small Business Development Center will share how to move your business to the next level. This class is open to small business owners and their staff. Register Online by July 24 at https://sbdc-business.eventbrite.com.  Tired of juggling everything to make ends meet? Tired of long hours and not getting anywhere? Tired of wearing every hat […]

$20

How to Make Your Business Work For You

Redwood Falls Public Library 509 S Lincoln St., Redwood Falls

Duane Hoversten with the Southwest Small Business Development Center will share how to move your business to the next level. This class is open to small business owners and their staff. Register Online by July 24 at https://sbdc-business.eventbrite.com. Tired of juggling everything to make ends meet? Tired of long hours and not getting anywhere? Tired of wearing every hat […]

$20

Empowered By Change: Fund Partner Training

Prairies Edge Convention Center 5616 Prairies Edge Lane , Granite Falls

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS YEAR'S Fund Partner Training! Our sessions will help you and your fellow board members take your local projects and fundraising to a new level of success. You’ll leave educated, empowered and energized for the work you do in your community! In one day, we’ll cover common sense reminders, effective strategies […]

Free

Minnesota Compass Listening Sessions – REDWOOD FALLS

Redwood Area Community Center 901 Cook Street , Redwood Falls

Minnesota Compass cordially invites you to attend one of three listening sessions in our region. Learn about Minnesota Compass data and tools for southwestern Minnesota counties, as well as for cities such as Willmar, Worthington, and Redwood Falls. Give your ideas for how Minnesota Compass can improve data to meet your community needs. Minnesota Compass […]

Minnesota Compass Listening Sessions – WILLMAR

Kandiyohi County Multi-Purpose Room 2200 23rd Street NW, Willmar

Minnesota Compass cordially invites you to attend one of three listening sessions in our region. Learn about Minnesota Compass data and tools for southwestern Minnesota counties, as well as for cities such as Willmar, Worthington, and Redwood Falls. Give your ideas for how Minnesota Compass can improve data to meet your community needs. Minnesota Compass […]

Minnesota Compass Listening Sessions – WORTHINGTON

Worthington Event Center 1447 Prairie Dr, Worthington

Minnesota Compass cordially invites you to attend one of three listening sessions in our region. Learn about Minnesota Compass data and tools for southwestern Minnesota counties, as well as for cities such as Willmar, Worthington, and Redwood Falls. Give your ideas for how Minnesota Compass can improve data to meet your community needs. Minnesota Compass […]

Your Voice Makes a Difference

St. Mary's Church 1215 7th Ave, Worthington

Want to make a difference in Minnesota? Connect, engage and participate in the policy decisions that impact you by serving on a  state board, commission or taskforce. Learn more at an information session in November and December throughout Minnesota. Meet others who have served, hear about current opportunities and learn how to apply. Light refreshments […]

Grow Our Own Community Conversations (Willmar)

Lakeland Elementary School 1001 Lakeland Drive SE, Willmar

CANCELLED Alternative Dates: Tuesday, February 6, at The Oaks at Eagle Creek Wednesday, February 7, at MinnWest Technology Campus Choose which date works best for you. All events are open to the public. RSVP by February 1 to Scott Marquardt at scottm@swifoundation.org or (320) 583-4629.

Grow Our Own Community Conversations (Willmar)

The Oaks at Eagle Creek 1000 26th Ave NE, Willmar

Join staff from Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040, Willmar Area Community Foundation and Southwest Initiative Foundation for a community conversation about Grow Our Own, an initiative focusing on raising up youth living in poverty. Find out how a holistic approach — from cradle to career — can help our kids get the best start to life. […]

Grow Our Own Community Conversations (Willmar)

MinnWest Technology Campus 1700 Technology Drive , Willmar

Join staff from Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040, Willmar Area Community Foundation and Southwest Initiative Foundation for a community conversation about Grow Our Own, an initiative focusing on raising up youth living in poverty. Find out how a holistic approach — from cradle to career — can help our kids get the best start to life. […]

Grow Our Own Community Conversations (Hutchinson- Session I)

Hutchinson Event Center 1005 Hwy 15 South, Hutchinson

More than one in six southwest Minnesota kids lives in poverty. The challenges they face mean not all of these kids—no matter how hard they try—will be able to reach their full potential. Join staff from Southwest Initiative Foundation for community conversations about Grow Our Own, an initiative focused on giving our kids the best start […]

Grow Our Own Community Conversations (Hutchinson – Session I)

Hutchinson Event Center 1005 Hwy 15 South, Hutchinson

More than one in six southwest Minnesota kids lives in poverty. The challenges they face mean not all of these kids—no matter how hard they try—will be able to reach their full potential. Join staff from Southwest Initiative Foundation for community conversations about Grow Our Own, an initiative focused on giving our kids the best start […]

Grow Our Own Community Conversations (Hutchinson – Session II)

Hutchinson Event Center 1005 Hwy 15 South, Hutchinson

More than one in six southwest Minnesota kids lives in poverty. The challenges they face mean not all of these kids — no matter how hard they try — will be able to reach their full potential. Join staff from Southwest Initiative Foundation for community conversations about Grow Our Own, an initiative focused on giving our […]

“To Be Free” with Dr. Thomas Peacock at SMSU

Southwest Minnesota State University 1501 State St., Marshall

A presentation by Dr. Thomas Peacock, “To Be Free: Using Writing to Tell Stories About Trying to Get Along in a World That Seems Obsessed With Doing the Opposite,” will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9, in Charter Hall 201 (CH 201) at Southwest Minnesota State University. (Follow this link for […]

Everyday Leader – Live Spring Event (Marshall)

Marshall High School 400 Tiger Drive, Marshall

Everyday Leader™ equips people with the tools necessary to change the world around them and the inspiration to view themselves as someone important enough to bring that change. This event features live speakers who address practical issues in leadership. Speakers are: DAVID HORSAGER Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, salespeople lose […]

Community Conference on the Brain (Willmar)

Willmar High School 2701 30th St NE, Willmar

The 16th annual Community Conference on the Brain will focus on "Building Resiliency in a High-Stress World." Featuring keynote speaker Jim Sporleder: Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Wash. Under his leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention for a dramatic drop in […]

$40 – $80

“Catching Kids Before They Fall” (Willmar)

The Oaks at Eagle Creek 1000 26th Ave NE, Willmar

Traditional discipline methods have lost their impact. Many of the disruptive behaviors we see in our schools are students impacted by trauma and toxic stress.The foundation of implementing a “Trauma Informed Model” is caring adult relationships. In this session, participants will learn a new approach backed by evidence-based research. Participants will leave with basic strategies to help a student de-escalate, self-regulate, […]

$30 – $40

Changing Times – Changing Faces (Franklin)

Franklin Community Center 221 Second Ave E, Franklin

Business owners and employers are invited to "Changing Times - Changing Faces" June 22 at the Franklin Community Center in Franklin, Minn. Attendees will discover how diversity is a competitive advantage in today's economy. This event is coordinated by the Southwest Initiative Foundation, Redwood Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Redwood Area Development Corporation, Redwood […]

$20

Grow Our Own Get-Together (Granite Falls)

GROW OUR OWN GET-TOGETHER Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | Granite Falls, Minn. Has your community jumped into new projects that support our kids? Are you considering what you might try to help kids in your community do better? This get-together is for you, the champions of our kids! • Make new connections! • Leave educated […]

#Market Smarter (Worthington)

Worthington Event Center 1447 Prairie Dr, Worthington

Keynote speaker Ursula Mentjes, is an award-winning entrepreneur and sales expert. The founder of Sales Coach Now, she is an inspirational speaker and triple best-selling author. Included in this daylong event will be several other professional speakers and breakout sessions. Click here for complete event information. Cost is $89/person. Register in advance by calling the Community Education […]

$89

2018 Grow Our Own Summit (Marshall)

Southwest Minnesota State University 1501 State St., Marshall

2018 Grow Our Own Summit Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 Too many southwest Minnesota kids aren’t getting the best start to life. We’re working to change that. Join the Southwest Initiative Foundation as we support our kids and the communities they call home. During the summit, you’ll learn and be inspired to take action that will benefit youth, as well as your own […]

$20

Ag & Animal Science Conference (Willmar)

MinnWest Technology Campus 1700 Technology Drive , Willmar

Join the region’s top agriculture and animal science stakeholders to discuss some of the industry’s most pressing issues. Participants will leave the conference with a unified voice to share our collective narrative about ag and the huge role it plays on the economy from our neighbor’s table to world trade. Keynote Speaker Bruce Vincent will share […]

The Million Dollar Question: Fund Partner Training (Olivia)

Max's Grill West Highway 212, Olivia

All Southwest Initiative Foundation fund partners are invited to this workshop with nationally known speaker Marcy Heim, CFRE, PLCC. Join us on Wednesday, October 3, for an interactive and refreshing look at how board and staff can be ambassadors for your mission and artfully grow the resources you need.  11:30 a.m. - Registration Noon - Lunch and networking 1 to […]

Trauma Informed Care In Early Childhood Programs (Hutchinson)

Hutchinson Event Center 1005 Hwy 15 South, Hutchinson

Keynote speaker Dr. Anne Gearity will discuss the support needed in trauma informed care with children. In addition, Dr. Gearity will lead a dynamic conversation with a panel of regional professionals addressing trauma informed care in early child care. Panelists will share best practices from their own programs, and the importance of cultural responsiveness when assisting […]

Free

Race Equity Work Conversation (Redwood Falls)

Redwood Area Community Center 901 Cook Street , Redwood Falls

The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) and Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) are looking to work with a group of smaller cities and counties interested in helping develop and pilot a race equity program. We are holding an initial convening of potentially interested jurisdictions on Tuesday, October 30, at the Redwood Area Community Center in Redwood […]

The TigerPath Story (Hutchinson)

Hutchinson High School 1200 Roberts Rd SW, Hutchinson

Innovative Approaches to Career Readiness: The TigerPath Story This education and economics skilled workforce conference is geared toward school administrators and staff, educators, economic development professionals, chamber professionals, business leaders and elected officials. By attending, you will learn about successful programs, discover funding options, talk with experts, get your questions answered, make contacts and start your […]

Grow Our Own Community Conversation (Redwood Falls)

Redwood Area Community Center 901 Cook Street , Redwood Falls

Join Southwest Initiative Foundation as we support our kids and the communities they call home. During the Redwood Falls area community conversation you'll become educated and inspired to take action that will benefit youth, as well as your own business, organization, school, community or family. Registration 11: 45 a.m. - 12 p.m. Program 12 - 12:45 p.m. […]

A Cultural Learning Experience: Continuing The Conversation (Willmar)

Willmar Conference Center 240 23rd St SE, Willmar

Greater Minnesota Family Services is hosting a workshop with Dr. Bravada M Garrett-Akinsanya Jan. 18 in Willmar. LOCATION: Willmar Conference Center (240 23rd Street SE, Willmar, MN) COST: $75 per person Includes lunch CREDITS: 6 CEU Credits Certificate provided About Dr. Bravada M Garrett-Akinsanya I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience. I have written, presented, and […]

$75

Regional PreK-3 Leadership Workshops (Westbrook)

Westbrook Community Center 556 First Ave, Westbrook

The Regional PreK-3 Leadership Workshops are designed for intensive, hands-on collaborative work. District-led Teams spend the day learning and discussing essential PreK-3 program elements that will support their World's Best Workforce goals and ESSA implementation. January 23 Elements of High Performing PreK-3 Systems: Community Partnerships, Transitions, and Data-Driven Improvements February 12 Teaching and Instructional Quality […]

Regional PreK-3 Leadership Workshops (Westbrook)

Westbrook Community Center 556 First Ave, Westbrook

The Regional PreK-3 Leadership Workshops are designed for intensive, hands-on collaborative work. District-led Teams spend the day learning and discussing essential PreK-3 program elements that will support their World's Best Workforce goals and ESSA implementation. January 23 Elements of High Performing PreK-3 Systems: Community Partnerships, Transitions, and Data-Driven Improvements February 12 Teaching and Instructional Quality […]

Regional PreK-3 Leadership Workshops (Westbrook)

The Regional PreK-3 Leadership Workshops are designed for intensive, hands-on collaborative work. District-led Teams spend the day learning and discussing essential PreK-3 program elements that will support their World's Best Workforce goals and ESSA implementation. January 23 Elements of High Performing PreK-3 Systems: Community Partnerships, Transitions, and Data-Driven Improvements February 12 Teaching and Instructional Quality […]

Grow Our Own Screening (Granite Falls)

Pioneer Public Television 1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls

NOTE: The Grow Our Own screening and conversation scheduled at Pioneer Public Television Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. is CANCELLED due to weather. The program produced by Pioneer and Southwest Initiative Foundation call Grow Our Own: Supporting Our Kids from Cradle to Career will air on Pioneer Public Television at 9 p.m. Jan. 31. […]

Think Like an Opportunity Zone Investor (Morton)

Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel 39375 County Highway 24, Morton

This FREE seminar is provided by the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) in partnership with Minnesota Opportunity Zone Advisors (MN-OZA) and features community and economic development specialists to explore leveraging Opportunity Zone Fund investments. Across Minnesota, 128 census tracts have been designated as Opportunity Zones. There are 14 designated tracts within the SWIF region. Learn how […]

LYFT Pathways Career and Technical Education Workshop (Appleton)

Appleton Event Center 323 W Schlieman Ave, Appleton

Career and technical education (CTE) is critical in helping students see themselves in the types of careers that are available in our rural communities. Launch Your Future Today (LYFT) partners are working to help businesses, high schools, and colleges collaborate to provide shared opportunities for students to gain exposure and the skills they need to […]

LYFT Pathways Career and Technical Education Workshop (Balaton)

trū Shrimp 330 3rd Street, Balaton

Explore your opportunities and begin your action plan for accessing up to $50,000 in funding to jump start career and technical education projects. Career and technical education (CTE) is critical in helping students see themselves in the types of careers that are available in our rural communities. Launch Your Future Today (LYFT) partners are working […]

LYFT Pathways Career and Technical Education Workshop (Litchfield)

Litchfield Eagles Club 389 CSAH 34 S, Litchfield

Career and technical education (CTE) is critical in helping students see themselves in the types of careers that are available in our rural communities. Launch Your Future Today (LYFT) partners are working to help businesses, high schools, and colleges collaborate to provide shared opportunities for students to gain exposure and the skills they need to […]

LYFT Pathways Career and Technical Education Workshop (Jackson)

This event has been cancelled. If you would like to continue to explore your opportunities and begin your action plan for accessing up to $50,000 in funding to jump start career and technical education projects, please consider attending the following workshop coming up near you: Balaton LYFT Workshop March 28 at tru Shrimp in Balaton. […]

2019 Leadercast (Hutchinson)

Crow River Winery 14848 Highway 7 East, Hutchinson

Join us in Hutchinson for Leadercast, the largest one-day leadership event in the world, broadcast live each year from Atlanta to hundreds of Host Sites around the globe. In 2019, Leadercast will bring together experts in leadership and organizational health to help attendees master the art and science of developing and leading healthy teams. As […]

$100

2019 Leadercast (Worthington)

Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington 1450 Collegeway, Worthington,

To be the best leader of others, you first must learn to lead yourself well. Attend Leadercast to learn from world-renowned experts about the qualities and characteristics of global leaders who exemplify what it means to lead yourself. Learn the art and science of building healthy teams at #Leadercast Live 2019. Join us on May […]

$115

Everyday Leader (Marshall)

Marshall High School 400 Tiger Drive, Marshall

The Everyday Leader Series exists to develop leaders at all levels who make a difference every day with the people they serve. This annual leadership conference features an awesome lineup of speakers live on stage who address practical issues such as engaging conflict, using your influence and listening in addition to providing inspiration for personal […]

$50

Build Your Own data workshop (Worthington)

Worthington Event Center 1447 Prairie Dr, Worthington

Data for your city, county, school district or legislative district helps inform decisions for today and plans for tomorrow. Learn how to find local data with the Minnesota Compass Build Your Own data tool at a free workshop in Worthington on May 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. The workshop will also cover current demographic […]

Free

Market Smarter (Worthington)

Worthington Event Center 1447 Prairie Dr, Worthington

Businesses want to keep up, innovate and optimize. They want to be creative and efficient, to do more with less. They want digital transformation, but leveraging the immense changes and the vast opportunities that the digital era ushered in doesn't start with digital at all. It's all about people - changing mindsets, behaviors and processes. […]

$69

Culture Conference (Marshall)

Marshall Middle School 401 S Saratoga, Marshall

The Culture Conference will highlight four cultures from the Marshall community and surrounding areas. Topics include history, language and celebrations. You can register three ways:  In person at 344 W Main Street, Marshall By phone at 507-537-6767 Online through Marshall Community Education. You'll find the event under "Adult Activities > Miscellaneous (Adult)." Register online now […]

$5

Thriving By Design: Equity Blueprint Roll-out (Olivia)

Master's Coffee Shop 809 E Lincoln Ave, Olivia

Join Growth & Justice and OneMN.org in the host city of Olivia for a rollout of the Minnesota Equity Blueprint's first section, Human Capital. It was developed with the help of hundreds of Minnesotans through statewide events, community research, conversations and writing since June 2018. This southwest Minnesota event will feature local and regional highlights […]

Live Well – Building Healthy Communities (Walnut Grove)

Walnut Grow Community Center 311 6th St, Walnut Grove

How do we get better? TOGETHER! Join LiveWell for this community conversation around health and wellness. Light appetizers will be provided. RSVPs requested. RSVP Now LiveWell is a community-wide partnership focused on enhancing all areas of health and well-being for all those who live, learn, work and play in Redwood County. This event is part […]

LiveWell – Building Health Communities (Redwood Falls)

Carris Health – Redwood 100 Fallwood Rd, Redwood Falls

How do we get better? TOGETHER! Join LiveWell for this community conversation around health and wellness. Light appetizers will be provided. RSVPs requested. RSVP Now LiveWell is a community-wide partnership focused on enhancing all areas of health and well-being for all those who live, learn, work and play in Redwood County. This event is part […]

Initiators Fellowship Informational Webinar: Program Overview

Join this webinar to learn about the Initiators Fellowship—a program to support aspiring social entrepreneurs. Register to get answers to the following questions: What is the Initiators Fellowship? What is social entrepreneurship? What are the goals of the Fellowship? Who’s eligible to apply? How does the program work? What kind of training is provided? Who […]

Initiators Fellowship Informational Webinar: Application Requirements

Join this webinar for a review of the Initiators Fellowship—a program to support aspiring social entrepreneurs. Register today to gain a more rounded understanding of the application process, including a deeper dive into the creation of a social business model canvas—a visual, concept-level business planning tool. Register Now

The State of Manufacturing 2019 – Southwest Minnesota (Willmar)

Ridgewater College 2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar

The State of Manufacturing is the most comprehensive survey of Minnesota's manufacturers. The survey reveals the perceptions and opinions of over 400 Minnesota manufacturing executives on the economy and other major issues impacting their businesses. 2019 marks the 11th anniversary of the survey. Join us in Willmar on June 18 for: A briefing of the […]

Partners in Ag Innovation

MinnWest Technology Campus 1700 Technology Drive , Willmar

Join the region’s top agriculture and animal science stakeholders to hear thought-provoking speakers and network with peers. This year’s conference will focus on new opportunities such as the Industrial Hemp sector as well as new markets and marketing ideas for existing production areas this region is well-known for. Workforce and technology are important topics that […]

$30

Feeding Innovation in Greater Minnesota (Winthrop)

United Farmers Co-op 705 E 4th Street, Winthrop

NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to lack of registrants. Broadband-powered technology plays a critical role in spurring the competitiveness of Minnesota's ag sector and ag-dependent communities. Join us at United Farmers Cooperative in Winthrop to learn about how broadband and ag technology will affect the future of Minnesota's agricultural sector, and what our […]

$49

Regional Opportunity Zones Workshop (Worthington)

Forbidden Barrel Brewing Co. 900 3rd Avenue, Worthington

Discover the vast potential the 2017 "Investing in Opportunities Act" could have in your community at this workshop hosted by the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative.   9:30 a.m. Registration begins, 10 a.m. - Noon Program followed by a complimentary Networking Luncheon   TOPICS What opportunity zones are, investor requirements and investment options Developing and marketing real estate […]

Regional Opportunity Zones Workshop (Granite Falls)

Granite Falls American Legion 60 Sixth Ave, Granite Falls

Discover the vast potential the 2017 "Investing in Opportunities Act" could have in your community at this workshop hosted by the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative.   9:30 a.m. Registration begins, 10 a.m. - Noon Program followed by a complimentary Networking Luncheon   TOPICS What opportunity zones are, investor requirements and investment options Developing and marketing real estate […]

Fund Partner Training (Granite Falls)

Prairies Edge Convention Center 5616 Prairies Edge Lane , Granite Falls

We're hosting a training for our fund partners with a focus on planned gifts. This will be a great opportunity for advisory board members to learn how to grow their funds through wills, bequest and assets other than cash. The day will include: A keynote address by Dana Holt, creator of Turning Wealth into what Matters. […]

Fundamentals of Finance + Board Boot Camp (Willmar)

Willmar Conference Center 240 23rd St SE, Willmar

Propel Nonprofits is offering two of its most popular training topics in Willmar. You can register for both or either and lunch will be provided; there is no cost to attend thanks to sponsorship from Southwest Initiative Foundation. Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance (9 a.m. to noon) This workshop is designed to make participants more comfortable […]

Free

TigerPath 2.0: Career Readiness Workshop (Hutchinson)

Hutchinson High School 1200 Roberts Rd SW, Hutchinson

Join education and business professionals for an interactive workshop designed to help build collaborative and innovative approaches for discovering talent, developing skills and building careers.  Explore career readiness models such as TigerPath and other Minnesota success stories.  Learn about current workforce realities and labor markets.  Take part in interactive breakout sessions for shared learning on […]

Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit (Marshall)

Southwest Minnesota State University 1501 State St., Marshall

The Bright Futures, Vital Communities summit is an opportunity for Greater Minnesota nonprofits to learn, network and strategize together. Coordinated by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), this event offers 16 breakout sessions ranging from finance and marketing to engaging volunteers and responding to demographic trends. Keynote speakers include Ayaz Virji, who felt called to […]

CANCELED: Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance + Board Boot Camp (Worthington)

Worthington Event Center 1447 Prairie Dr, Worthington

NOTE: This event has been canceled. The health and safety of our communities is our priority. Find more information about Southwest Initiative Foundation’s response to COVID-19. Propel Nonprofits is offering two of its most popular training topics in Worthington. You can register for both or either and lunch will be provided; there is no cost to attend […]

Free

Cultures on the Prairie (Marshall)

Southwest Minnesota State University 1501 State St., Marshall

Experience the stories, history, and cultures of southwest Minnesota during this day-long event. Topics include diversity in the workplace, schools and communities. Increasing cultural competency is key to building vibrant, welcoming communities in our region, and this is a great opportunity to do that! The cost to attend is $5, which includes a meal ticket. […]

$5

Southwest Minnesota Story Share (Worthington)

Worthington Event Center 1447 Prairie Dr, Worthington

People in the Worthington area are invited to “Southwest Minnesota Story Share: A Community Gathering” with conversation, food and storytelling, Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Worthington Event Center located at 1447 Prairie Drive. This free, public event is co-hosted by Pioneer PBS and Southwest Initiative […]

Free

Southwest Minnesota Education Career Fair (Marshall)

Southwest Minnesota State University 1501 State St., Marshall

SWWC Service Cooperative and Southwest Minnesota State University are hosting the Southwest Minnesota Education Career Fair Wednesday, March 25. Anyone interested in a career in education is invited to attend. […]

POSTPONED: Talent and Leadership Development Workshop (Hutchinson)

Crow River Winery 14848 Highway 7 East, Hutchinson

NOTE: This event has been postponed. A new date has not yet been decided. Today’s manufacturers face strong demand and a competitive labor market. Having a well-defined talent and leadership development strategy in place will help your organization be prepared for opportunities and growth. Michele Neale, Enterprise Minnesota talent and leadership expert, will show you how […]

Free

Ridgewater Campus Visit Day (Willmar)

Ridgewater College 2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar

Ridgewater College is a great place to start your college degree or get started on a career. Participate in campus visit day and explore why Ridgewater might be right for […]

Ridgewater Campus Visit Day (Hutchinson)

Ridgewater Collge 2 Century Ave SE, Hutchinson

Ridgewater College is a great place to start your college degree or get started on a career. Participate in campus visit day and explore why Ridgewater might be right for […]

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CANCELED: The Power of ONE Regional Banquet (Granite Falls)

Prairies Edge Convention Center 5616 Prairies Edge Lane , Granite Falls

This event will not take place April 16. Full refunds will be made to those already registered. The health and safety of our communities is our priority. Find more information about Southwest Initiative Foundation's response to COVID-19. Our mission comes to life every day thanks to our donors, partners and friends. We’ve set ambitious goals […]

$30

Minnesota West PSEO Night (Canby, Jackson, Pipestone, Worthington)

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Students can earn college credits for free while still in high school. Find out more about the Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) at information sessions for parents and students on March 31 hosted by Minnesota West Community and Technical College. There will be informational sessions at the college's campuses in: Canby Jackson Pipestone Worthington Students […]

CANCELED: Census Day 2020 with Minnesota Compass (St. Paul)

Wilder Center 451 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul

UPDATE: This event has been canceled to help mitigate the risk associated with COVID-19.  Minnesota Compass invites you to learn how census data are used by Minnesota residents, communities, nonprofits, businesses, and government; why it's essential that everyone is counted; and how you can help. Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person […]

Free

POSTPONED: 2020 Heron-Lake Okabena Community Foundation Grant Awards (Heron Lake)

Heron Lake Community Center 312 10th St, Heron Lake

NOTE: The Heron-Lake Okabena Community Foundation Grant Awards program has been postponed until further notice. Heron Lake-Okabena Community Foundation is hosting a silent auction and grant awards with the theme "Brewing Up a Good Time". 5:30 p.m. Doors Open 5:30 to 8 p.m. Silent Auction 6 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres 8 p.m. Program, Grant Awards Tickets […]

$30

POSTPONED: 13th Annual Lake Benton Area Foundation Fundraising Gala (Lake Benton)

Lake Benton Community & Event Center 114 S Center St, Lake Benton

From the Lake Benton Area Foundation Advisory Board: Due to the quickly evolving nature of the current situation, the Lake Benton Area Foundation has made the decision to postpone the Fundraising Gala, scheduled for April 4, 2020, for the safety of our community. We are working on scheduling a new date, so please stay tuned […]

$40

CANCELED: 2020 Advocacy for Children Day (Saint Paul)

Minnesota State Capitol 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul

NOTE: This event has been canceled in response to COVID-19 community health concerns. Join hundreds of early childhood learning advocates, parents, and children from across the state on March 26, as they stand up and encourage legislators to support Minnesota’s youngest and most vulnerable children at Advocacy for Children Day. Advocates will remind lawmakers that […]

Fund Partner Zoom Meeting

MN

Fund partners can join us for a Zoom conference meeting on Wednesday, March 25, at 10 a.m. using the link provided below. Joining by computer (with video, if you have […]

Finding Relevance in Uncertain Times (Zoom)

MN

This is part of the "virtual office hours" we're hosting for our fund partners to share information and to answer your questions. The first 10-20 minutes of the call will be devoted to a specific topic, and the rest of the meeting will be time for Q & A. SWIF staff and other guests will […]

Entering Donations for Fund Partners (Zoom)

MN

This is part of the "virtual office hours" we're hosting for our fund partners to share information and to answer your questions. The first 10-20 minutes of the call will be devoted to a specific topic, and the rest of the meeting will be time for Q & A. SWIF staff and other guests will […]

Using the Online Portal Effectively for Fund Partners (Zoom)

MN

This is part of the “virtual office hours” we’re hosting for our fund partners to share information and to answer your questions. The first 10-20 minutes of the call will be devoted to a specific topic, and the rest of the meeting will be time for Q & A. SWIF staff and other guests will […]

Market Updates and Investing in a Time of Uncertainty (Zoom)

MN

This is part of the “virtual office hours” we’re hosting for our fund partners to share information and to answer your questions. The first 10-20 minutes of the call will be devoted to a specific topic, and the rest of the meeting will be time for Q & A. SWIF staff and other guests will […]

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Creating Home Together through Art (Worthington)

MN

Worthington community members are celebrating Welcoming Week with a free outdoor gathering, “Creating Home Together through Art,” on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Centennial Park/Beach Nook. The come-and-go style family event is open to the public and will include art, food and community resources. Welcoming Week is an annual celebration bringing […]