As the Southwest
Minnesota Foundation's president and Board of Trustees chairperson,
we are often asked what the Foundation is all about and why we do
what we do. With all of the Foundation's varied programs and
initiatives, it might be tempting to launch into a long and complex
explanation. Instead, we've found that five simple words say
it best — it's all about the people.
the Southwest Minnesota Foundation has been in existence for the
past 17 years and why we've invested over $35 million in grants
and loans — to create opportunities for the people and communities
of southwest Minnesota.
to recognize that change is the only constant and FY2003 has been
no different. During tight economic times, the Foundation
has been challenged to be especially creative in everything it does.
That's why we decided this was the ideal year to try something new
with our annual report. We hope that our online annual report
will help you experience the work of the Southwest Minnesota Foundation.
Remember, it's all about the people and that means it's all about
2003 Annual Report!