Blandin Foundation's primary geographic focus is Itasca County (north central Minnesota) and a few neighboring communities. This region was the “wood basket” of the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Paper Company when it was owned by Foundation founder Charles Blandin in the early 20th Century.
Today the Foundation’s primary focus -- and the focus of the majority of its resources -- is on its partnerships with its “home communities” of Bigfork, Blackduck, Bovey, Calumet, Cohasset, Coleraine, Deer River, Effie, Goodland, Grand Rapids, Hill City, Keewatin, LaPrairie, Marble, Marcell, Nashwauk, Northome, Pengilly, Remer, S. Lake, Taconite, Talmoon, Warba, Wawina, Wirt, and Zemple.
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.
For details on our work and that of our home community partners, please visit our Itasca area website.
Results from our latest survey of rural Minnesotans.
30 partners. 3 years. 250,000 Minnesotans introduced to the benefits of high-speed internet. Learn more about the success of MIRC.
Welcoming applications for 2013 community leadership training sessions