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.
Investing in quality education, 21st century technology (like broadband), and family planning are three promising areas that lead to opportunity in rural communities, finds a recently released Brookings report, Rural dreams: Upward mobility in America’s countryside. Authors Eleanor Krause and Richard Reeves expand on Raj Chetty’s research on the rates of social mobility in rural places. […]
For Mac McKinney’s son, there hadn’t been a program yet that had totally clicked. He had been working on his own with a therapist to help with his emotional and behavioral struggles, but had never engaged in group therapy. That was until Healing Foundations Therapeutic Farm opened its barn doors. “It’s a different approach to […]