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In the News: Small-Town Philanthropies Use the Great Wealth Transfer to Fund Rural Communities

Blandin Foundation’s work to strengthen community foundations and fund rural communities is included in this Daily Yonder article.

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Blandin Foundation Names Kyle Erickson Director of Rural Grantmaking

Erickson will guide the Foundation’s grants team in their work to award grants that bring to life the Foundation’s mission to connect, fund and advocate for ideas and people to inspire resourcefulness and move rural places forward.

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North Star Promise is an assist for attending college, but navigate carefully

“The program is a step in the right direction but comes with some implications,” writes Blandin Foundation’s Jen Alger in an op-ed published in the Star Tribune.

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Blandin Foundation grant to CommunityGiving helps rural MN create community-driven development strategies and tap millions in future wealth transfer

$500,000 grant aims to transform rural development by strengthening community foundations.

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Kootasca Community Action Building Resilience with $400,000 Blandin Foundation Grant

Funding will help fight poverty and build community through long-term planning, program evaluation and organizational development.

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The urgent need for affordable housing in rural communities

MPR’s Rural Voice series hosted a town hall discussion in Two Harbors about how to creatively solve the affordable housing bottleneck for rural communities.

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Blandin Foundation Names Kyle Erickson Director of Rural Grantmaking

June 6, 2024

Key points: Following a 10-year tenure as a grants officer with Blandin Foundation, Kyle Erickson was named Blandin Foundation director of rural grantmaking. As a grants officer, Erickson oversaw a multi-million-dollar grant portfolio addressing some of rural Minnesota’s most pressing needs, including affordable housing, support for first-generation college students, and expansion of legal services for…

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Grand Marais as an Incubator. Blandin as a Catalyst.

May 28, 2024

Anne Brataas spent her childhood camping across rural Minnesota, most memorably in and around Ely. Years later, as a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune, she would report on the contentious efforts to designate that great, wild swath of northern Minnesota as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Her adoration for the Arrowhead only…

Blandin Foundation is located in the Grand Rapids area to which it has a perpetual and primary responsibility.

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