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Anderson Joins Foundation Board in Apprentice Role

November 18, 2016

LITTLE FALLS, MINN.--The Initiative Foundation Board of Trustees, with an eye toward providing high-level board experience and organizational exposure to the next generation of Central Minnesota leaders, has named Brett Anderson of Sentry Bank as its inaugural apprentice trustee.

Growing up in Corcoran and Rockford, Minn., in a family of entrepreneurs and businessBrett Anderson, Sentry Bank owners,Brett was a frontline observer when the Great Recession hit. Today, as a branch manager and bank officer in St. Cloud, he understands just how difficult it is for businesses to thrive and survive.

"Being in the finance industry, I see first-hand how difficult it is becoming to start a business," he said. "Each month, I witness great ideas become distant dreams due to the barrier of owning their own business. A good community starts with a good opportunity, and the Initiative Foundation fills the much-needed gaps that prevent those things from happening."
Brett also comes to the Initiative Foundation with a wealth of volunteer experience. He has served on the boards of three nonprofit organizations: the Pregnancy Resource Center, Abiding Bronze Star and St. Cloud Downtown Council. Brett also is a voting member of the St. Cloud Optimist Club and serves as a high school youth preacher for Trinity Church.
The apprentice will serve in a one-year, non-voting role. It is intended to provide a next-generation leader with insights and knowledge about how a board guides the successful operation of a regional nonprofit.
"We are all excited to have Brett join us as an apprentice trustee," said Larry Korf, chair of the Initiative Foundation's Board of Trustees. "His financial expertise and dedication to Central Minnesota aligns with the mission and vision of the Initiative Foundation. We believe he'll be an important long-term partner moving forward."
About the Initiative Foundation

Celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2016, the Initiative Foundation exists to improve the quality of life and to build stronger communities within its 14-county region of Central Minnesota by offering business financing, technical assistance, nonprofit grants, donor services and leadership training. Since 1986, the Initiative Foundation has invested multiple millions in the region through targeted grants and business financing investments.

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