Vibrant. Rural. Community.
Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing, vibrant, resilient, rural communities.
Where do you see your community today? And more importantly, where do you imagine your community tomorrow? At Blandin Foundation, we see a world of possibilities within your answers, and we are committed to the hard work ahead in realizing all that potential.
Blandin Foundation - Expanded opportunity. Resilient economies. Vibrant. Rural. Community.
Student Success initiatives across the state supported through Blandin Foundation grant
Communities across Minnesota are taking action to reframe what success means for young residents in the first third of life. Now, these indiv…
Foundation awards $3.4 million in grants
Our most recent round of grants includes more than 90 awards to organizations in the Itasca area and throughout the state.
Foundation extends broadband commitment
Blandin Foundation trustees approve continuation of broadband programs through 2016.
10 years. 60-plus communities. Hundreds of solutions for communities to get and use broadband.
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Itasca area students: get $1,000 to $4,000 each year for education and training after high school. Based on need. Apply by May 1.
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Welcoming applications for 2014 community leadership training sessions
Cradle-to-Career Pipelines Prepare Students for Lifelong Success
Today we welcome Dane Smith, president of Growth & Justice, a research an advocacy organization that develops innovative public policy proposals based on independent research and civic engagement. For Minnesotans with roots in country life or smaller towns, there are certain treasured historic images that reflect the values and advantages of rural communities: the communal [...]
E-Mentors: creating professional communicators one email at a time
Dear Mr. Future Boss, Thx 4 the email. im excited for this gr8 opportunity and can’t wait 2 meet u. TTYL. Sincerely, Today’s Youth Lower case i, numbers in place of words (4/for), and unidentified acronyms (TTYL) – these are only a few of the common grammar gaffes found in emails from today’s youth. Teens [...]
Big Data in Philanthropy
“It is more difficult to give money away intelligently than to earn it in the first place.” - Andrew Carnegie In a December 2013 Wall Street Journal article, philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz offers big data as an to answer Carnegie’s implied question: how can we be intentional, and intelligent, when awarding grants? But what is [...]