HUTCHINSON, Minn.— To address needs resulting from severe flooding in southwest Minnesota, Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) has established the 2018 Southwest Minnesota Flood Relief Fund. This emergency fund will help those impacted by the recent high water with financial assistance related to long-term recovery in the foundation’s service area.
Individuals who want to contribute to this relief effort can give in several ways — online at swifoundation.org/donate; by mailing a check payable to “Southwest Minnesota Flood Relief Fund” to 15 Third Ave NW, Hutchinson, MN 55350; or by calling the SWIF office at 800-594-9480 and asking to speak with Nancy Fasching. Donations to the fund are tax deductible.
Following prolonged heavy rains and severe weather across Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in counties including Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Rock. The governor’s July proclamation highlights widespread damage to property and public infrastructure.
“This is a significant natural disaster, both in terms of the large area it’s affecting, and in the infiltration of the damage,” said Nancy Fasching, who is SWIF’s community impact director and oversees its grant programs. “Recovery efforts are going to be really critical in ensuring our neighbors get back on their feet. That’s where Southwest Initiative Foundation can help.”
Donations to the 2018 Southwest Minnesota Flood Relief Fund will be made available to those impacted by this natural disaster through an application process. For more information, contact Fasching at 800-594-9480 or [email protected].
About Southwest Initiative Foundation
Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) is a nonprofit community foundation connecting people, investing in ideas and building communities to create a southwest Minnesota where all people thrive. Since its founding in 1986, SWIF has distributed more than $75 million through its grantmaking and business finance programs. Learn more at swifoundation.org.