To address needs resulting from severe flooding in southwest Minnesota, the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) has established the 2018 Southwest Minnesota Flood Relief Fund. This emergency fund will help those impacted by the recent high water with financial assistance related to long-term recovery in the SWIF service area.

Individuals who want to contribute to this relief effort may give in several ways. 

They include online at, by mailing a check payable to “Southwest Minnesota Flood Relief Fund” to 15 Third Ave NW, Hutchinson, MN, 55350 or by calling the SWIF office at 800-594-9480 and asking to speak with Nancy Fasching.

Donations to the SWIF fund are tax deductible.

Following prolonged heavy rains and severe weather across Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in counties including Cottonwood, Jackson, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville and Rock.

The governor’s July proclamation highlights widespread damage to property and public infrastructure.

“This is a significant natural disaster, both in terms of the large area it’s affecting and in the infiltration of the damage,” said Fasching, who is SWIF’s community impact director and oversees its grant programs. “Recovery efforts are going to be really critical in ensuring our neighbors get back on their feet. That’s where Southwest Initiative Foundation can help.”

Donations to the 2018 Southwest Minnesota Flood Relief Fund will be made available to those impacted by this natural disaster through an application process.

For more information, contact Fasching at 800-594-9480 or