Blandin Foundation is a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota USA and is the state's largest rural-based and rural-focused foundation. It was founded in 1941 by Charles K. Blandin and as of Dec. 31, 2010, leveraged the proceeds from a trust of more than $395 million.
The Blandin Foundation mission is to strengthen communities in rural Minnesota, especially the Grand Rapids area, with the vision of healthy rural communities grounded in strong economies where the burdens and benefits are widely shared.
To do this, the Blandin Foundation engages in three types of work: grant-making, community leadership development and public policy programs.
For more information, visit the About Us section of our website.
We Stand With You: Blandin Foundation statement on inclusion July 2016
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Dr Kathleen Annette bio
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Grand Rapids Chamber presentation June 2015
Remarks: Pressing issues in philanthropy
Blandin Foundation CEO Kathy Annette spoke at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy reception as part of the Minnesota Council of…
Keynote: Building Local Capacity to Sustain Development Initiatives
Delivered by Blandin Foundation President and CEO Dr. Kathleen Annette Community Development Society Conference July 25, 2016 Hello! Aa…
Keynote: Native Americans in Philanthropy 25th Anniversary
Hello, everyone. Great to be with you here on your 25th anniversary. What an achievement and I am so glad that you are taking the time to paus…
Keynote: Healthy, Hopeful, Vibrant Rural Communities - MN Rural Health Conference
From her career in health and at the helm of Minnesota’s largest rural foundation, Dr. Annette explores ways to support rural communitie…
Keynote: Women in Public Service conference
Hello everyone. It’s great to be here with you today. Thank you for your invitation to reflect on my career in public service, things I …
Legislative testimony: What are we all waiting for? - MN House Education Finance and Ed Committees
Kathleen Annette, M.D., Blandin Foundation president and CEO Testimony before a joint hearing of the Minnesota House Education Finance and E…