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Blandin Foundation stands with rural Minnesota communities as they design and claim ambitious, vibrant futures.

Blandin Foundation is a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. For 2022, the combined assets of the Foundation, and the Charles K. Blandin Residuary Trust, from which the Foundation gets its funding, was $474 million..

Our mission is to connect, fund and advocate for ideas and people to inspire resourcefulness and move rural places forward. Our vision is for rural Minnesota places that welcome diversity, address injustice, and embrace change to create a sustainable and equitable future.


Vision Mission Values

Toward a sustainable, equitable future for rural Minnesota.
Mr. Blandin pointing 1950 square

Our Story

Charles K. Blandin established the Blandin Foundation in 1941 to aid and promote Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.

Our People

Rural passion. Community leadership. Committed connections.
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More on our founder's intent and how our work carries it forward today.
Milestone section page Richard Hamilton Smith, UPM land, Summer 2010 NCM10006_100824_-233

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