Information on the ways we have stood with our home community for more than 80 years.
Blandin Foundation is located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and has a perpetual and primary responsibility to the Grand Rapids area. Charles Blandin, founder of the Blandin Foundation, owned the Grand-Rapids based Blandin Paper Company in the early 20th Century.
While no longer legally connected in any way with the paper company, the communities of Itasca County continue to be the focus of the majority of the Foundation’s resources. Blandin Foundation work and giving in the area supports a wide spectrum of partners and initiatives focused on the vibrancy of these communities and the organizations strengthening them.
Blandin Foundation is the largest rural-based and rural-focused private foundation in Minnesota and one of only a handful nationally. The Foundation provides approximately $15 million in grants each year and nationally recognized leadership development, broadband and other programs. The Foundation also convenes rural community leaders around critical issues such as student success, inclusion and economic development. See the Transparency page for more information.
The Foundation’s primary focus is on its work in its local giving area: the communities of Ball Club, Bigfork, Blackduck, Bovey, Calumet, Cohasset, Coleraine, Deer River, Effie, Goodland, Grand Rapids, Hill City, Inger, Keewatin, LaPrairie, Marble, Marcell, Nashwauk, Northome, Pengilly, Remer, S. Lake, Taconite, Talmoon, Warba, Wawina, Wirt, and Zemple. Visit the Grant Lists page for lists of recent grants and news about grants awarded in the Grand Rapids area.
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Charles K. Blandin
Schoolteacher, newspaperman, industrialist. Highlights from the life of Blandin Foundation founder C.K. Blandin.