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Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing healthy, inclusive – vibrant – communities.

Frontline Reflections: Cre Larson

Connecting community members in crisis to resources during COVID

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Leading Courageously

Building Welcoming Communities


Grand Rapids, like many Greater Minnesota cities, works toward a welcoming environment

March 12, 2021

Tasha Connelly left Grand Rapids after high school and didn’t think anything would ever bring her back.  But after years away living in other states, including Florida and Colorado, the usual things began to chip away at her resolve: family ties, a desire for more community, the lure of less traffic. She eventually returned, but…


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Grants at work: rural places tap the arts to re-energize community solution-building

April 15, 2021

Communities across Minnesota, and the nation, are turning to Springboard for the Arts to weave the power art, and the expertise of artists, into community planning and decision-making. Arts engage people differently, and can create space for experiences and ideas that fit community needs. Daily Yonder profiles Springboard's work and ways arts are being used…

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Growing Rural Communities Will Need Newcomers

April 13, 2021

Hard work is a staple in almost any rural community. A hard day’s work might be on the assembly line or in a clinic, at the computer or deep in the belly of a mine. Whatever the job, every working-age person contributing their skills and talents lay the foundation for a growing, thriving community.   As rural communities in Minnesota…


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Due to COVID restrictions we have temporarily suspended our face-to-face training. New online training opportunities are currently under development. Please stay tuned for upcoming offerings.

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January 1 - December 31

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January 1 - December 31

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