Jackson County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Jackson County. We’ve awarded 416 grants totaling $1.9 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 35 loans totaling $2.3 million to finance local businesses. Mark Titus of Jackson serves on our board of directors. Chanthavy Singvongsa serves on our Emerging Leaders Cabinet.

McLeod County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of McLeod County. We’ve awarded 371 grants totaling $1.9 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 124 loans totaling $4.6 million to finance local businesses. Christie Hantge of Hutchinson serves on our board of directors. Don Martinez and Karlie Mosher, both of Hutchinson, serve on our Emerging Leaders Cabinet. Office headquarters are in Hutchinson.

Lac Qui Parle County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Lac qui Parle County. We’ve awarded 579 grants totaling $4 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 26 loans totaling $1.8 million to finance local businesses.

Meeker County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Meeker County. We’ve awarded 301 grants totaling $1.9 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 57 loans totaling $2.2 million to finance local businesses. Randy Reinke of Litchfield serves on our board of directors.

Swift County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Swift County. We’ve awarded 510 grants totaling $3.5 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 40 loans totaling $2.7 million to finance local businesses. Jan Lundebrek of Benson serves on our board of directors.

Big Stone County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Big Stone County. We’ve awarded 206 grants totaling $2 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 14 loans totaling $549,800 to finance local businesses.

Kandiyohi County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Kandiyohi County. We’ve awarded 418 grants totaling $3.7 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 117 loans totaling $5.4 million to finance local businesses. Our current board chair is Bob Thurston of Spicer. Patti Loehr-Dols of Willmar also serves on our board. Fardowsa Ibrahim of Willmar, Jonathan Morales of Spicer, Ayan Muktar of Willmar, Chasity Ommodt of Spicer and Robert Valdez of Willmar serve on our Emerging Leaders Cabinet. Jeff Vetsch of New London is on staff.

Chippewa County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Chippewa County. We’ve awarded 523 grants totaling $3.6 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 34 loans totaling $1.3 million to finance local businesses. Janice Nelson of Montevideo serves as vice chair on our board of directors. Scott Marquardt of Montevideo is on staff.

Renville County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Renville County. We’ve awarded 344 grants totaling $2.8 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 69 loans totaling $2.5 million to finance local businesses. Board chair Bob Thurston owns Thurston Genetics in Olivia. Rob Saunders of Bird Island serves as our past board chair. Susie Lang and Rob Thurston, both of Olivia, serve on our Emerging Leaders Cabinet.

Redwood County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Redwood County. We’ve awarded 332 grants totaling $2.5 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 84 loans totaling $3.5 million to finance local businesses. Sarah Warner of Walnut Grove serves on our Emerging Leaders Cabinet.

Yellow Medicine County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Yellow Medicine County. We’ve awarded 434 grants totaling $3.6 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 49 loans totaling $1.9 million to finance local businesses. Theresa Peterson of the Upper Sioux Community serves on our board of directors.

Lyon County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Lyon County. We’ve awarded 492 grants totaling $3.7 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 61 loans totaling $2.6 million to finance local businesses. Mary Maertens of Marshall serves on our board of directors. Jodi Maertens of Ghent is on staff.

Lincoln County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Lincoln County. We’ve awarded 301 grants totaling $2.1 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 39 loans totaling $1.1 million to finance local businesses.

Cottonwood County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Cottonwood County. We’ve awarded 396 grants totaling $2.1 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 44 loans totaling $2 million to finance local businesses.

Murray County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Murray County. We’ve awarded 230 grants totaling $1.6 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 15 loans totaling $822,350 to finance local businesses.

Pipestone County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Pipestone County. We’ve awarded 260 grants totaling $2.2 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 24 loans totaling $1.2 million to finance local businesses.

Rock County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Rock County. We’ve awarded 181 grants totaling $1.8 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 29 loans totaling $2.2 million to finance local businesses. Tim Connell of Luverne serves on our board of directors.

Nobles County

Since 1986, Southwest Initiative Foundation has invested in the people and places of Nobles County. We’ve awarded 480 grants totaling $2.2 million to support local nonprofits, schools and community projects. We’ve also made 75 loans totaling $4.1 million to finance local businesses. Jordan Huisken and Jessica Velasco, both of Worthington, serve on our Emerging Leaders Cabinet. Amy Woitalewicz of Worthington is on staff.

Grow Our Own Summit Details

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Supporting all southwest Minnesota kids and the communities they call home

Online registration has closed. Walk-in registrations will be available Thursday morning from 7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. 

Media inquiries contact Communications Director Karen Grasmon at 320-587-4848.

Thursday, Dec. 15
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lunch provided. Networking reception to follow.

Southwest Minnesota State University
Recreation/Athletic Facility

Marshall, Minnesota

Driving Directions

Campus Map

Thursday Agenda 

PARKING
PLEASE ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR PARKING AND CHECK-IN. We have over 500 attendees. Carpooling is strongly encouraged to help with campus traffic. 
Parking permits are NOT required on campus Dec. 15.

Shuttles will run in the SMSU parking lots from 7-9 a.m. They will run from the east lots, Mustang Drive and north loop, transporting guests to the RA Facility entrance.

  • Parking is available in RA Parking Lot and BA/PE Lot near the RA Facility.
  • Street parking is available along Mustang Trail.
  • Additional parking lots on the east side of campus are also available in Parking Lot A1 and A2, with entry into the Student Center and an indoor walk to the RA Facility. Signage and staff will help guide you through the buildings.
  • BUSES or group transport should follow Mustang Trail from the southwest corner of campus to the RA Facility and drop off guests at the main entrance, then follow Mustang Trail to Stadium Drive and Parking Lot B3 on the northeast corner of campus.

Event Overview
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 southwest Minnesota kids and the communities they call home. During the summit, you’ll become educated and inspired to take action that will benefit your own business, organization, school, community or family.

Who should attend?
Employers and business leaders; elected officials; civic, community and nonprofit leaders; educators; and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

Certificates for six clock hours will be available to participants.

Cost
We feel this is a message southwest Minnesotans need to hear so registration is just $20 and includes lunch and refreshments. We don’t want cost or travel arrangements to be a barrier to attendance, so scholarships will be available.

Speakers

Complete Agenda 

  • Keynote and Q&A – Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam, Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University
    robertdputnam.com
  • Plenary – The Opportunity Gap in Our Region by Beth Mattingly, Director of Research on Vulnerable Families at the Carsey School of Public Policy
    carsey.unh.edu
  • Plenary – Equity is the Superior Economic Growth Strategy by Kevin Walker, President & CEO of the Northwest Area Foundation
    nwaf.org
  • Panel discussion – Cradle to Career with Melvin Carter, Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, Officer of Governor Mark Dayton & Lt. Governor Tina Smith; Janet Topolsky, The Aspen Institute; Kathleen Moxon, YouthBuild USA.
    aspeninstitute.org

Questions?
Contact us at 320-587-4848.

Outreach Committee members can access their private webpage here.

 

The Grow Our Own Summit is sponsored in part by:

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Southwest Minnesota State University

 

 

 

Pioneer Public Television

 

 

 

 

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