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Kootasca Community Action Building Resilience with $400,000 Blandin Foundation Grant

Funding will help fight poverty and build community through long-term planning, program evaluation and organizational development. Key Points:
 KOOTASCA supports vital community needs, including affordable housing, early childhood education, community engagement and poverty reduction.  The combined service area of Itasca and Koochiching counties experiences higher rates of poverty and food insecurity and lower median household …

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Letter From the President

Steady and strong toward the horizon I grabbed my phone the other day, talked with one of my kids, checked texts and emails, and looked up the route to my next meeting. It struck me how deeply my phone has changed my life. It also got me to thinking – maybe it has you, too …

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Blandin Foundation CEO Included in 2024 TCB 100

Twin Cities Business released their annual shortlist of influencers, thought leaders and key players likely to be making news or driving change in the year ahead. Tuleah Palmer was included among CEOs, founders, government officials and innovators from across the state. Read More at

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Leech Lake Financial Services takes on predatory lending with nation-leading innovations that boost credit scores, lower defaults and build community wealth

Blandin Foundation grants help the Native CDFI expand local financial services to rural residents and support community development GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (June 8, 2023) – Two grants Blandin Foundation recently awarded to Leech Lake Financial Services (LLFS) to build local assets are positively impacting the community. Based in Cass Lake, Minn., LLFS provides a suite …

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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

$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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Blandin Foundation Trustee named a 2023 Women in Business

Blandin Foundation trustee Nadege Souvenir has been named a 2023 Women in Business award recipient. She is currently the chief operating officer of the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation, and has served on the Blandin Foundation board since 2020. Read More

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