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Itasca County Family YMCA set to meet Grand Rapids area need for childcare and more

$1.4 million, 3-year grant boosts Y’s focus on its mission

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Blandin Foundation CEO interviewed on KAXE radio

Tuleah shares an in-depth review of the Foundation’s recent and future initiatives

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Blandin Foundation Trustee named a 2023 Women in Business

Nadege Souvenir recognized by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

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Tuleah Palmer named Bemidji State’s 2023 Distinguished Minnesotan

As this year’s honoree, she will give the commencement speech for 2023 graduates

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Release: Itasca County Family YMCA set to strengthen service and meet the Grand Rapids area’s increased demand for affordable childcare, safe places for youth and positive social networks

May 30, 2023

$1.4 million Blandin Foundation grant signals the Foundation’s expanded focus on building nonprofits’ ability to meet their missions Key points: • Over the years, the Y has served as a vital community hub for thousands of Itasca area residents. • The $1.4 million Blandin Foundation grant will strengthen the Y’s ability to meet its mission…

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Taking a bite out of food insecurity

March 10, 2023

On a cold January night, bidding was hot at the Second Harvest Chef’s Gala. More than 300 Itasca area people – groups of families, friends and co-workers – pooled their money and gathered together for a fun-filled evening of bidding to have their meal cooked and served by local celebrity chefs and servers. At the…

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