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Charitable Funds

The Initiative Foundation is proud to host a variety of Partner Funds for families, businesses, nonprofit organizations and volunteer-led groups. Our Partner Fund program allows local leaders to champion local causes while we provide the 501(c)(3) public charity infrastructure necessary for donor gifts to receive the highest possible charitable tax deduction. From community foundations to educational funds to special project and field-of-interest funds, the Initiative Foundation and its Partner Funds are working together to ensure strong and vibrant communities throughout Central Minnesota.

Click on the Partner Fund below to learn more and donate!


The Silver Lining Scholarship Fund was created by Maria Heymans-Becker and Leah and Jessica Schilling-Brigman in honor of Jeff Schilling, a longtime custodian at Mary of Lourdes School in Little Falls.

Learn About Our Partner Funds

Click on the fund name to learn more. Contact Carl Newbanks, director of development, to learn how you can create or support a Partner Fund.



  • Menahga Economic Development Loan Fund
  • Princeton Economic Development Loan Fund
  • Todd-Wadena Economic Development Loan Fund








Instructions for claiming your scholarship award

Once you have registered for your first semester, please complete this form in its entirety. Please attach proof of registration such as a confirmation notice from your college.

Upon receipt of this completed form and proof of your registration for your first semester, we will begin to process your scholarship payment. The check will then be mailed to your school to be applied to your account. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the payment to be processed. If you still do not see the credit to your account, please contact the financial aid officer at your school or the scholarship coordinator at the Initiative Foundation at (320) 632-9255. 
Thank you, and good luck in the pursuit of your education!


Colette and Paul Cameron use their donor-advised fund to support the Pine Grove Zoo and other Little Falls-based organizations.

We can help you turn good ideas into good work.

For those who wish to simplify giving or fundraising, the Initiative Foundation hosts a full array of charitable funds. Creating a fund is an attractive alternative to starting a family foundation or nonprofit organization, which requires many administrative and legal responsibilities.

Our approach allows you to enjoy the rewards of giving without these burdens. We provide tax-deductible donation and grants administration, investment management, gift processing, marketing assistance and consulting services.

The Initiative Foundation hosts a variety of funds in partnership with families, organizations and volunteer groups. Funds can be permanent endowments or liquid cash accounts.

Donor-Advised Funds

For families and businesses who wish to formalize their giving by recommending charitable grants on their own timetables. Learn more ...

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Education and Scholarship Funds

For people who care about quality education from the K-12 years and beyond. These funds can be established as endowed or non-endowed project funds and support programs and activities that cannot generally be carried out in the traditional classroom settings. Learn more ...

Field-of-Interest Funds

For donors who wish to support a specific interest area (e.g., children’s literacy, family farms, water preservation, etc.) by requesting the Initiative Foundation to award related grants on their behalf. Learn more ...

Agency Funds

For 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that wish to develop a permanent funding stream and accept planned gifts from donors. 

Community Funds

For communities that wish to unite the philanthropy of donors and develop a permanent fund to support local priorities. 

Special Project Funds

Temporary funds for groups who wish to raise money for a specific charitable goal (e.g., construct a building, beautify a park, etc.). 

Revolving Loan Funds

For government or economic development organizations that wish to utilize Foundation staff and administrative resources to make business financing investments.


Carl Newbanks
Director of Development
(320) 631-2042


Kerie Thoma
Program Specialist
(320) 631-2054