Meeting Spaces

A welcoming and safe place for our partners to build vibrant rural communities.

Our meeting spaces are one way we put two core values — Inclusion is Vital, and Relationships Matter — into action.

The rooms carry 2 names: one in English, one in Ojibwemowin, the Anishinaabe language. This is an opportunity for the Foundation to share with all its partners a small piece of the culture that existed in the Itasca area long before Charles Blandin — and continues to thrive here. You may click on the Ojibwe name to hear the name spoken by Blandin Foundation trustee Brian McInnes.

Stender Community Room

Stender Maawanji’idiiwigamig
To meet together. Name also honors trustee emeritus Bruce Stender

Stender Community Room can accommodate up to 80 people, with flexible table and seating arrangements. The room has a full suite of technical equipment: wireless internet access, large-screen monitor with laptop hook-up, DVD player and speakers, and conference phone. Coffee is provided. Other food and beverages are the responsibility of the group hosting the meeting (no alcoholic beverages allowed).

Users are responsible for room set-up, basic clean-up and making arrangements for food or beverages.

We allow limited burning of ceremonial tobacco/smudging. Please let our hospitality staff know if you plan to have this as part of your meeting at least 2 days before the meeting.

Available Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.,  Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Reservations required. Contact Melissa Johnson, below.

Recent grantees, nonprofits, philanthropies and government entities can book our community meeting room.

Board Room

Odaakewigamig
To direct affairs

Groups may also book our board room. It accommodates groups of 25 or less, with tables and seating arrangements and technical equipment.

Users are responsible for room set-up, basic clean-up and making arrangements for food or beverages.

Available weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Reservations required. Contact Melissa Johnson, below.

Contact Us

For questions or to check room availability, contact Melissa Johnson at 218-326-0523.