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Program Assistant

Join our team! The Initiative Foundation is currently searching for a Program Assistant to support our Community Philanthropy, Nonprofit and VISTA programs. Help us champion economic and community development while fostering regional philanthropy by supporting our community Partner Funds, nonprofit programs and VISTA service members.

Links to the position description and application are below and appear in PDF format. Please submit your application (required) with cover letter/resume postmarked by March 16, 2018. Mail to: Initiative Foundation, 405 First Street SE, Little Falls, MN  56345. An email of all scanned documents is also acceptable and can be sent to mlindell@ifound.org.

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The Initiative Foundation, with offices in Little Falls and St. Cloud, Minn., is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Provider and Lender.



What if you could feel good about your daily work?

What if your career complimented your life's purpose?

What if you could contribute to the growth, resiliency and vibrancy of Central Minnesota?

If you believe growing the economy, building community and fostering philanthropy are important to Central Minnesota, then we have a lot in common. At the Initiative Foundation, our staff works with a range of donors, funding programs and carefully cultivated partnerships to ensure that Central Minnesota is economically prosperous and richly vibrant. Now, and for future generations.

If you have a strong sense of teamwork and a desire to contribute, you’ll fit right in at the Initiative Foundation.


Kristi Ackley

Community Philanthropy Specialist

"It means so much to me that I can help others have an impact and truly make this area the best place to live, work and play."  


Barb Downs

Grants Specialist

"I like being part of an organization where I can add a little joy to someone’s day and to help change happen to support the greater good."


Braden Moore

Accounting Manager

"I value the opportunity to work for an organization that assists small businesses and community leaders through financing, skills training and educational opportunities." 

Our Mission

To empower people to build thriving communities and a vibrant region across Central Minnesota.

Our Vision

Central Minnesota is recognized as the ideal place where people choose to live, work, give and play.

Our Values

  • Our primary resources are local people who invest their time, talent and assets.
  • A shared vision among many partners is the best way to achieve lasting change.
  • Inclusiveness and respect for diversity enriches communities and the region.
  • We embrace our responsibility to introduce, promote and defend pioneering ideas—even when they incur risk.
  • We will remain responsive, nimble and ready to adapt to emerging needs and opportunities.

Initiative Foundation Staff Event

Initiative Foundation staff team up to work the registration desk during the organization's 30-year celebration at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

In addition to rewarding and challenging career opportunities, the Initiative Foundation offers a robust benefit package that includes: health, dental, life, short- and long-term disability, a 401(k) plan with match, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave and tuition reimbursement. 


The Initiative Foundation pays 100 percent of eligible employee's health and dental premiums and 70 percent of the employee's eligible dependents' coverage.


The Initiative Foundation offers a 401(k) plan with an employer match and access to a free financial planner for all eligible employees. The 401(k) match is fully vested immediately.


The Initiative Foundation provides multiple opportunities for staff to give back to the organizations, causes and community organizations that they love and support.


The Initiative Foundation is committed to developing a high-performing staff and encourages its employees to continue to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide exemplary service to our constituents and partners.


A Strong Commitment to Staff Wellbeing

The Foundation's Wellbeing Team provides training, tools and resources in the areas of purpose, social, financial, community and physical wellbeing.

  • logo-otm-national-challenge.pngPurpose—Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.
  • Social—Having supportive relationships and love in your life.
  • Financial—Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
  • Community—Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.
  • Physical—Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.