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

Two Harbors Area

BCLP September 18 - 22

Lake City Area

BCLP October 9 - 13

From the Outposts Blog

Bush Foundation is coming to the Northland and wants to meet with you!

May 02

Investing in great ideas and the people who power them. That is what Bush Foundation has been doing in collaboration with organizations and leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the geography since 1953. Today, they are as committed as ever to carrying out the wishes of their founders — do […]

Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab explores rural culture, issues and more

Mar 28

In the aftermath of the election, rural America has been thrust into the spotlight of our national narrative. As leaders — national, state and local — look to strengthen American communities, many acknowledge that deeper learning and understanding between urban and rural people needs to occur before we can progress. News outlets have stepped in to […]

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