The Initiative Foundation mission is to unlock the power of Central Minnesota people to build and sustain thriving communities in its 14-county service area. The Foundation fulfills its mission through a variety of community, organizational and economic development programs as well as through grants and business loans.
The Initiative Foundation serves an economically diverse region with areas of extreme wealth and prosperity which are sometimes adjacent to deep pockets of poverty and economic insecurity. A great deal of hard work to improve our region, communities, and the lives of those in poverty remains. Our VISTA program has been a vital resource to achieving this end.
Since 2000, the Initiative Foundation has supported more than 250 VISTAs placed at more than 100 host sites. These VISTAs have contributed to the work of their host sites in a variety of ways. Collectively they have raised more than $2.6 million in cash resources, leveraged nearly $1.5 million in in-kind resources, and helped recruit more than 9,100 new community volunteers.
The Initiative Foundation serves the following counties: