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From all of us at the Southwest Initiative Foundation, we thank you for your partnership and wish you many blessing for this holiday season!
A few weeks ago, many gathered to celebrate the life of an amazing southwest Minnesota woman, Mary Page. She was one of our earliest members to serve on the Southwest Initiative Foundation Board of Directors in 1986.
Mary’s leadership helped shape SWIF’s work right from the beginning, as she challenged the board and staff to think differently. She also served two more terms on our board in the ’80s-’90s, a time that saw the foundation continue to grow and evolve to meet the region’s changing needs.
Mary was committed to promoting rural communities and the role women played as leaders. She served in so many in her own community of Olivia and beyond, including Olivia mayor, Renville County commissioner, University of Minnesota regent, and countless volunteer roles. Her strong, thoughtful presence was felt by many organizations, businesses and people she worked with.
In our most recent SWIF video, Mary made a cameo appearance as she volunteered at the Christian Community Outreach Center in Olivia, where she touched the lives of many local children.
Being at Mary’s funeral, seeing and hearing her children, grandchildren, friends and remembering ALL Mary did totally INSPIRED me for all the work and opportunities ahead in my own leadership work and with my family. I am grateful for Mary’s contributions to our regional community. She will be greatly missed, but her legacy of leadership will continue in our rural communities.
Yesterday marked another philanthropic milestone for Minnesota, with more than $17 million being donated online for Give to the Max Day. Due to an unprecedented amount of giving, the GiveMN.org website was down for part of the afternoon. But that didn’t stop donors from stepping up to support more than 4,400 nonprofits throughout the state.
The total given to the Southwest Initiative Foundation’s family of funds was $8,955. Thank you, donors, for your generosity! This means great things for our communities and entire region! Watch this 30-second video to see what these gifts support.
And, we haven’t forgotten about our two Silver Tickets!
All gifts to our 24 community foundation partners’ general endowment funds during the 24-hour period were included in a random drawing to have a $500 prize added, courtesy of matching funds from SWIF. Our 2013 SWIF Silver Ticket winners are:
- Darin Prescott, who gave to the Morton Area Community Foundation
- Theresa Zaske, who gave to the Balaton Area Community Foundation
Congratulations to our winning GiveMNians and the communities they supported!
Final prizes awarded by GiveMN.org will be announced next week, so watch their website for additional information.
Thank you to all who gave through GiveMN.org and made Give to the Max Day a huge success statewide!
GiveMN.org is an innovative online resource that is changing the way Minnesotans give and helping create a stronger nonprofit community for our entire state.
Beginning at midnight and all day Thursday, Nov. 14, every donation you make through GiveMN.org gives your favorite organization the chance to win even more money, including organizations right here in southwest Minnesota!
GiveMN is giving out 24 Golden Tickets ($1,000 prize grants given randomly every hour to one lucky donor), as well as two Super-sized Golden Tickets worth $10,000 at the end of the event!
In addition, SWIF will provide two Silver Tickets to our community foundation donors!
Here’s how it works:
- All donors who give to one of SWIF’s 24 Community Foundations’ endowed funds during the 24-hour period will be eligible to have a $500 prize added to their gift, courtesy of matching funds from SWIF.
- Two winners will be selected.
- A $10 gift to your endowment qualifies to the same extent as a $1,000+ gift. In other words, one gift equals one chance.
So, let’s say you make a $20 gift to the Dawson Community Foundation endowment fund on GiveMN.org and are selected for a Silver Ticket. It would mean $520 going to the Dawson Community Foundation!
Check back on this page Friday for final dollars raised by SWIF and its partner funds, as well as announcements about SWIF’s lucky winners.
And be sure to follow us on Facebook for frequent giving updates throughout the day Thursday.
Happy giving at www.givemn.org!
Many people have heard me describe my experience with Honor Flight as truly life-changing. In October 2010, I traveled with Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota as a guardian, assisting 100 veterans as they traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit memorials dedicated to their service to our country.
I find it humbling to share my Honor Flight story, which I call, “What am I doing on this flight?” It’s an experience that changed everything for me, but it’s really all about the veterans.
This opportunity and others before have led to me meeting so many people who have family that were in WWII and all other wars since. We need to remember all veterans and families who served and continue to serve our country and communities. We must never forget.
Now, through my role on the national Council on Foundations board of directors, I see efforts throughout the country to support our youngest veterans and military families.
With Veterans Day upon us Nov. 11, please recognize and honor at least one veteran and their family. Our southwest Minnesota regional community is filled with incredible vets who deserve our heartfelt thanks.