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Change Greater Minnesota With Us

The Initiators Fellowship equips early stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform their ideas into scalable, sustainable ventures that diversify and enrich Greater Minnesota.

About The Fellowship

Through a friendly but competitive selection process, seven Fellows were recently chosen. The program provides wrap-around training, mentoring and guidance—plus $30,000 annually for two years—to support Fellows and their social enterprise ideas.

Am I Eligible?

Applications are encouraged from up-and-coming leaders served by the Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation and West Central Initiative. Strong character and a passionate drive for social enterprise are qualities that will lead to success.

How Do I Apply?

The application period has closed and will reopen in spring 2021.

Our goal is to make the process beneficial to all applicants by providing guidance, insights and feedback to fuel individual growth and development.

Broad-Based Support for Transformational Leaders

2020-2021 Cohort 2 Fellows

Jonathan Friesner

Hamdia MOhamed


Van Herr

Anne O’Keefe-Jackson

Erin Schutte Wadzinksi


Investing in a Lifetime of Greater Minnesota Leadership

Regional Foundations United in Goal to Enrich Greater Minnesota

Investing in the people and communities of Greater Minnesota has been a central tenet of the Minnesota Initiative Foundations. Through the Initiators Fellowship, three Greater Minnesota community foundations—the Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation and West Central Initiative—are continuing the legacy that began in the 1980s.
"I am so thankful that I am no longer afraid to take risks or try something different."
Annie Deckert
2018 Fellow
"This actually not only opened doors for me, but also we made an impact locally."
Hudda Ibrahim
2018 Fellow