Our vision is a southwest Minnesota where all people thrive.
We believe our communities are strongest when all people can fully participate in our region’s opportunities. Southwest Minnesota is home to a strong entrepreneurial spirit, safe communities, high-quality schools and early childhood supports, and high civic participation and volunteerism. We know we have work to do in ensuring all southwest Minnesotans experience real inclusion, equity and access to opportunities.
We put our mission – connecting people, investing in ideas and building communities – into practice every day to make this vision a reality.
Our work can look different from one program, partnership or place to another. Our organizational values guide our work and ensure we bring the same care and commitment to every interaction.
We believe that dignity and belonging are core human values and that all people deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential.
We are a human-centered organization and acknowledge that people have different needs and aspirations.
We commit to removing barriers that prevent full participation in southwest Minnesota’s abundant opportunities.
We use our resources to create opportunities for all people to thrive in the communities they call home.
We value honesty and high ethical standards.
We are accountable for our words and actions.
We are trustworthy, fair and respectful.
We embrace courageous leadership required to live out our mission.
We value learning and innovation.
We continuously seek to expand both personal and organizational knowledge, and we are willing to take healthy risks in pursuit of big ideas.
We are open and responsive to immediate opportunities and challenges.
We approach problem solving through a deliberate process that relies on experience and experimentation.
We believe better results come from working together.
We treat our colleagues, partners and communities with empathy and respect.
We approach our role in collaborative processes with humility, hospitality and heart.
We openly share what we learn.
We believe the future of southwest Minnesota is bright!
We aspire to achieve great things in our region.
We are uniquely positioned to take a strategic and long-term view.
We start with what works and build on the assets in our organization and communities.
Grow Our Own
Too many southwest Minnesota kids aren’t getting the best start to life because of socioeconomic status, community wealth, familial situations, race, ethnicity, English proficiency and other factors. Working with friends and partners, in 2016 we launched a 10-year commitment to “Grow Our Own,” closing the opportunity gap for our kids and their families.Get Involved