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Lower Sioux, Mille Lacs, Prairie Island, Shakopee, and Upper Sioux Area area residents complete Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program

November 15, 2017

Grand Rapids, Minn. (November 15, 2017) — Twenty-six residents of the Lower Sioux, Mille Lacs, Prairie Island, Shakopee, and Upper Sioux Area reservation communities completed a five-day leadership retreat November 3. This was the first segment of an intense seven-day training provided by the Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program (BRCLP). The team also will participate … Continued

Daniel Lemm named Blandin Foundation finance director

November 8, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, MINN.  (Nov. 7, 2017) – Daniel Lemm will join the Blandin Foundation senior leadership team as Director of Finance beginning Nov. 13.  In this role, Lemm will be responsible for Blandin Foundation’s overall financial management. “Blandin Foundation has a strong history of excellent financial management, and we welcome Daniel to Grand Rapids and … Continued

Minnesota leading the way to bring broadband to rural communities through collaboration

November 1, 2017

BRAINERD, Minn. (Oct. 31, 2017) – “The number-one threat to community and economic development in the 21st Century is the digital divide,“ said technology researcher and development expert Roberto Gallardo last week at the Border to Border Broadband Conference, co-hosted by Blandin Foundation and the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development. “Rural communities can take a … Continued

Measuring Impact of Broadband in 5 Rural MN Communities

October 26, 2017

Blandin Foundation commissioned Ann Treacy of Treacy Information Services and Bill Coleman of Community Technology Advisors to look at five counties well served with broadband – Beltrami County, Crow Wing County, Goodhue County, Lake County, and Sibley County. The purpose of these case studies is to determine the value of that broadband based on impact … Continued

Education Grant applications now available

October 18, 2017

For Immediate Release GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (October 18, 2017) –Itasca area students looking to fund education after high school are encouraged to apply for a Blandin Foundation Education Grant. Blandin Foundation trustees have set aside $975,000 for these grants for the 2018-19 school year The grants provide $1,000 to $4,500 per student. Applications are now … Continued

Clip: GrantAdvisor lets nonprofits rate funders

October 5, 2017

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune profiles GrantAdvisor, a new funder-rating tool available to nonprofits in Minnesota and California. Co-created by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, GrantAdvisor is a new feedback element in funder/grantee relationships. More from the Star-Tribune here.

Two Harbors area residents complete Blandin Community Leadership Program retreat

September 25, 2017

Grand Rapids, Minn. (Sept. 25, 2017) — Twenty-six residents of the Two Harbors area returned September 22 from a five-day leadership retreat, the first segment of an intense eight-day training provided by the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP). The team also will participate in three follow-up workshops. A program of the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Foundation, … Continued

Commentary: The Need for Courageous Action Today

August 29, 2017

“Every day, every person has opportunities to take fearless action.  To lead, to take a stand, to listen.  To seek relationships that open up possibilities, not those that feed prejudice.” — Kathy Annette, Blandin Foundation CEO in her statement on the importance of inclusion in building healthy community. Read her full statement.

Clip: Forward Fergus Falls hosts talks to reconnect, re-energize leaders

August 21, 2017

Members of the most recent Fergus Falls area leadership cohort and other Fergus Falls BCLP alumni and leaders who make up the Forward Fergus Falls initiative have called a series of community meetings to identify community assets and resources to move forward on the community’s self-identified Destiny Drivers. Learn more from the Fergus Falls Journal.

Blandin Foundation awards $4.4 million in grants

June 30, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – During their recent summer meeting, Blandin Foundation trustees awarded grants that strengthen rural Minnesota communities, including 23 grants totaling $3.1 million to continue efforts of Grand Rapids and Itasca County area leaders. Invest Early serves at-risk children ages 0-5 across four local school districts, eight towns and 26 classrooms.  Continued funding … Continued