Community Leadership

Blandin Foundation helps rural Minnesota leaders develop and enhance the skills, knowledge and relationships they need to build and sustain healthy communities.

Healthy community is a place to live where all people can meet their economic, social, physical, cultural and spiritual needs, work together for the common good, and participate in creating their future.

Since 1985, our leadership programs have trained over 7,000 leaders who reside in approximately 600 rural Minnesota communities.

We have been engaged with partners across the state in working with rural communities and leaders from all sectors to not only carry out training, but evolve our programs to reflect current rural developments and feedback from our participants.

Current and Upcoming Leadership Training

LPEP - Red Wing

LPEP January 17 - July 11

Lake City Area

BCLP January 28 - February 1

Glencoe Area

BCLP February 11 - 15

Plainview Area

BCLP February 25 - March 1

Quad Cities Area

BCLP March 11 - 15

Aitkin Area

BCLP March 25 - 29

Blackduck, Kelliher, Northome Area

BCLP April 8 - 12

From the Outposts Blog

Fueling the engine of hope: Leadership lesson 3

Jun 20

Blandin Foundation has been in the hope business for more than 75 years. Hope is believing that a different future is possible – for ourselves, our people, our communities. Wise community leaders know that creating a shared vision for the future, a vision arising from and embraced by the community, is the engine that powers […]

Pew Research shows rural-urban residents see difference in values but report many similarities

May 23

Yesterday Pew Research released a report, What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities, that provides insight into the perceptions, values and experiences of community life in different geographies. One finding highlighted that while over half of urban residents say their rural counterparts do not share the same values (and vice versa), both rural and […]

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