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Minnesota Initiative Foundations

Program Goal

To support six independent regional foundations to make Greater Minnesota stronger and more prosperous.


The Minnesota Initiative Foundations — independent, nonprofit philanthropic organizations created by The McKnight Foundation in 1986 — work to make the six regions outside the metropolitan area stronger and more prosperous.

Each foundation's priorities are decided by people in its own region, with grants and loans supporting economic development, leadership development, community building, and families, youth, and seniors. To date, The McKnight Foundation has invested over $270 million in these foundations.

Learn more about each of the Minnesota Initiative Foundations, or "MIFs," at    

Program Contact

Nan JahnkeProgram Administrator


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