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New Americans in Greater Minnesota funders

MinnPost’s coverage of New Americans in Greater Minnesota is made possible by grants from the following foundations. We thank them for their generous support.

Blandin Foundation

Blandin Foundation works for vibrant rural Minnesota communities by investing in community leaders and working with partners to expand opportunity for all residents. Located in Grand Rapids, Minn., it is one of only a handful of foundations in the U.S. focused exclusively on rural communities and the largest rural-based private foundation in Minnesota. Information on Blandin Foundation grant-making, leadership development programs and public policy initiatives:

Learn more about Blandin’s work to strengthen rural communities.

Marbrook Foundation

Marbrook Foundation supports initiatives that empower new immigrants and refugees, and arts programs that foster cultural awareness, cross-cultural collaboration and inclusion in the Twin Cities. The foundation also makes grants to environmental causes within and beyond Minnesota.

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West Central Initiative Foundation

West Central Initiative is a regional community foundation and development organization that serves nine counties in west central Minnesota through economic and community development, and by promoting philanthropy.

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Southwest Initiative Foundation

Southwest Initiative Foundation is supported by people, businesses and organizations who want to strengthen rural southwest Minnesota. Its focus on economic development, community development and philanthropy ensures southwest Minnesotans have the chance to succeed—from cradle to career.

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Solidarity MN

Solidarity MN is a coalition of Minnesota foundations aligned in commitment to immigrant and refugee communities. We invest in the strength and resilience of leaders working to meet urgent needs through a timely, efficient, and accessible process.

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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in the 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. The Foundation has provided more than $106 million in grants, loans and programming within the region during the past 31 years. SMIF’s key interests include early childhood, economic development and community vitality.

To learn more about SMIF’s work and mission, visit