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Vision Mission Values

Toward a sustainable, equitable future for rural Minnesota.

Compounding crises – global pandemics, racial unrest, election uncertainty – have laid bare disparities of place, race and class faced by rural Minnesota. We all have seen and felt the result: community connections weakened and lost.

People in rural communities and Native nations are tapping their courage, ingenuity and resourcefulness to rebuild these connections, long a source of strength and identity.

As communities work together to imagine a shared future to move their rural places forward, Blandin Foundation is retooling its approach to best support this work, and align with the unique needs of rural Minnesota today.

With rural and Native communities, we navigate the beautiful balance between the past and the horizon, building toward a strong, sustainable, equitable future.


We envision rural Minnesota places that welcome diversity, address injustice, and embrace change to create a sustainable and equitable future.


We connect, fund and advocate for ideas and people to inspire resourcefulness and move rural places forward.


We Love Rural

We choose to live where the lives of people and land depend on each other. Our work and friendships bridge the distances we face. When challenges arrive, we lend a hand to get things done.

Courage Through Change

We call attention to disparity. We think deeply and critically about solutions. We take wise, creative approaches confidently, to meet the future.

Lead With Compassion

We know our neighbors’ lives up close, and advocate for and with people who are not often heard. They inspire us to build forward toward communities where respect, harmony and integrity flourish.

Seeds for the Future

We learn from the past. We grow and sustain the resources in our care. We carry our founder’s community-minded spirit as we care for the future.

Our Strategic Direction

Our president and board chair share where we’re headed and why.

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Our Theory of Change

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Frequently Asked Questions

Details on what to expect and how to work with us.

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