Here are just a few reasons to give to SWIF:
- Our programs and initiatives
Headed by passionate, hard-working professional staff, our efforts in entrepreneurship and loan assistance, renewable energy, early childhood and community philanthropy are vital to the continued well-being of southwest Minnesota.
- McKnight match
SWIF is very fortunate to have such a generous supporter in The McKnight Foundation. Through a challenge grant, McKnight matches EVERY gift to the SWIF Endowment dollar-for-dollar, instantly doubling the impact of your gift.
- Public support test
Every year, SWIF (as well as other nonprofit foundations) needs to pass the IRS public support test. Support from every donor with gifts from $10 to $10,000 helps us pass this test and continue to be a catalyst for the region’s economic and social growth.
Please know you can give to SWIF anytime, either online or by contacting us at [email protected] or 800-594-9480. Every gift—regardless of size—makes a BIG difference for our region’s families, businesses, organizations and communities!
Sherry Ristau is the President/CEO of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, where she oversees more than $55 million in total financial assets. Sherry is highly committed to rural Minnesota. She especially strives to celebrate, inspire and advocate for southwest Minnesota’s many great social and economic assets.