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Resilient. Rural. Community.

Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing resourceful, inclusive communities.

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Blandin Foundation is seeking a full-time Director of Rural Grantmaking.

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December 2023 Grants List

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Blandin Foundation CFO Daniel Lemm named to St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation Board

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2024-25 Scholarship Applications Are Now Open!

Blandin Foundation Scholarships – $1,000 to $6,000 per student each year – are for every student of high schools in the Itasca County area and Hill City, Remer, Blackduck, Northome and Bug O Nay Ge Shig schools. Apply Today!

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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.

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The urgent need for affordable housing in rural communities

MPR’s Rural Voice series hosted a town hall discussion in Two Harbors about how to creatively solve the affordable housing bottleneck for rural communities.

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Blandin Foundation's CEO Tuleah Palmer on the Mainstreet Minnesota Podcast

Tuleah joins host Blois Olson along with Roy Smith (IRRB, MN North) and Steve Loney (Kiesler Wellness Center) to discuss mental health, housing and energy costs.

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A New Strategic Direction

Aligning our resources toward a sustainable, equitable future for rural Minnesota.

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We meet communities where they’re at.

Itasca Area

Your partner in building healthy rural communities in the place we call home.

Courage through Change

Where do you imagine your community tomorrow?

Google map of Blandin Foundation grantees, leadership program particpants, and broadband work across Minnesota

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Blandin Foundation stands with communities as they design and claim their futures. That’s thousands of partnerships in hundreds of communities over more than 75 years.

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Latest News


Letter From the President

March 24, 2024

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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Uniting Communities Through Placemaking Projects

March 12, 2024

One mom’s mission to give Goodland Township’s gathering space a boost grew to a community collaboration Sarah Detjen didn’t set out to oversee a major community construction project. But when she began talking about rebuilding her local park, her vision and determination drew friends, neighbors and strangers to the project, building back the park better…

Blandin Foundation is located in the Grand Rapids area to which it has a perpetual and primary responsibility.

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