About the Foundation

  • We believe that all students in southwest and west central Minnesota DESERVE innovative and learning-rich educational opportunities so they can be positioned to learn, grow and find success.
     
    The SWWC Foundation was organized in December 2017 to provide support for enhancing and sustaining student enrichment programs offered through SWWC Service Cooperative. Designated as a 501(c)3 public charity and a 509(a)3 Type II supporting organization, we raise funds by seeking donations and grants from those who want to make an impact on our region's future leaders. All donations are tax-deductible.
     
    It shouldn't matter where you live or how much money you have ... all students deserve enrichment opportunities. We strive to keep registration fees affordable for schools and families. Registration/participation fees and support from SWWC Service Cooperative cover only about 70% of the annual revenue needed to support the Student Enrichment Program. Therefore, the SWWC Foundation depends on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations who share our mission to raise the additional revenue.
     
    Student enrichment opportunities through SWWC are unique, are not readily available in traditional classroom settings, and give students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in a hands-on fashion. In a typical school year, over 23,000 K-12 students participate in one or more of the following: Camp Aspire, Conference for Young Artists, Conference for Young Writers, Creative Writing Contest, Culinary Skills Challenge, Knowledge Bowl, Photography Competition, Project Discovery, Regional Spelling Bee, Science and Nature Conference and the Southwest Minnesota Career Expo.
     
    We envision a region where students discover their passion in life, learn critical skills and build local connections that lead to a rewarding future in our rural workforce and communities.
     
     
    Camp Aspire kids

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