Teresa Peterson, Utuhu Cistinna Win, is retiring from the Southwest Initiative Foundation Board of Directors following more than six years of service. Peterson has provided regional leadership on SWIF’s board since April 2017. In honor of her service, Peterson is directing a $650 grant from SWIF to Dakota Wicohan, a Native-led nonprofit based in Morton, Minn.
Community Foundation and Education Foundation partners are invited to join the SWIF Giving Team and fellow advisory board members for a hands-on workshop to learn about writing an engaging year-end fundraising letter, followed by a site visit and optional networking social.
We’re sharing well wishes with Karen Grasmon as she leaves her role as Communications Director at Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF). Karen has accepted a position with the Minnesota Department of Health as a rural communications specialist where she will support public health efforts in Greater Minnesota.
Randy Reinke is retiring from the Southwest Initiative Foundation Board of Directors following nine years of service. Randy has provided regional leadership on SWIF’s board since July 2014, including as board chair from 2019 to 2021. In honor of his board service, Randy is directing a $900 grant to the Litchfield Area Community Foundation’s Waterpark Fund.
Welcoming Week is an annual celebration that brings together neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity. Communities in our region are invited to host activities throughout the month of September to lift up and celebrate welcoming, inclusive communities.
Growing Local: Boards and Commissions is an opportunity to build more inclusive boards and committees that make a difference in your community. We’re partnering with University of Minnesota Extension Educators to host this free virtual workshop series.