Case Studies

Grand Itasca Volunteer Services

Legacy and Leadership Awards were created to recognize and celebrate acts of community leadership in honor of our founder Charles Blandin’s 75-year legacy of leadership.  —————————————————————————————— Grand Itasca Volunteer Services is a long-standing organization with a rich history—dating back to 1955. Originally called “the Red Cross Grey Ladies” the group has since been merged with …

Grand Rapids Key Club

Legacy and Leadership Awards were created to recognize and celebrate acts of community leadership in honor of our founder Charles Blandin’s 75-year legacy of leadership.  —————————————————————————————— Key Club is a student-led organization which gives members opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. The Grand Rapids High School Key Club is fortunate to have …

Grand Rapids nonprofits connect in new ways

Forging Grand, New Connections With over 30 food shelves, child and senior nutrition programs, soup kitchens and shelters reliant on their efforts, the staff at the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank knows that organization is a key element to serving their community. Tasks like managing the warehouse to stocking the store fronts are performed …

Ground Floor gives youth grounding

Know them, understand them, love them Youth at crossroads turn to Ground Floor for grounding, acceptance   Sitting in a booth in a grey sweatshirt and jeans with wisps of light brown hair brushing his forehead, his soulful eyes searched for understanding as he spoke, “I just turned 18 this week. I’ve got one year …

Growing and Learning Together: mother, daughter benefit from Children First!

Deer River early childhood program benefits mother and daughter alike Students named class valedictorian have achieved academic success. But Felicia Shadley, valedictorian of the Deer River High School class of 2010, has successfully met more than academic challenges. At 16, Shadley found herself pregnant and in need of a plan to balance school and raise …

Hannah Harling – handmade soap entrepreneur

Legacy and Leadership Awards were created to recognize and celebrate acts of community leadership in honor of our founder Charles Blandin’s 75-year legacy of leadership.  —————————————————————————————— Hannah Harling is a fourteen year-old who fell in love with making soaps and other products during the winter months of 2014.  It started with a Christmas gift from …

Higher Education on Minnesota’s North Shore

An innovative and unique non-profit organization, Cook County Higher Education (CCHE) serves the higher education needs of Grand Marais, a rural, remote community nestled on Lake Superior’s North Shore. It provides distance education programs to a community more than 125 miles from the nearest college or university. Executive director Paula Sundet celebrates the creation of …

NTIA’s Community Connectivity Initiative

  Blandin Foundation is pleased to partner with broadband champions in nonprofit, government, philanthropic and business fields on the Community Connectivity Initiative being developed by the BroadbandUSA team at the US Dept. of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA). The Initiative will create new tools to support communities working to expand broadband access, adoption …

Stories of Legacy and Leadership

Charles Blandin’s passion for the Itasca area fueled the Foundation’s legacy. Meet just some of the Itasca area folks who live the spirit of giving back to their community. We tip our hat to them, and encourage them — and you — to continue strengthening the vibrancy of the Itasca area.