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Blandin Foundation stands with rural Minnesota communities as they design and claim ambitious, vibrant futures.

Blandin Foundation is a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. As of December 31, 2019, the foundation leveraged the proceeds from a trust worth approximately $411 million.

Our mission is to be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. Our vision is healthy, inclusive rural communities.


Healthy Vibrant Rural Communities

What we do, why we think it matters
Mr. Blandin pointing 1950 square

Our Story

Charles K. Blandin established the Blandin Foundation in 1941 to aid and promote Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.
Jeff Frey, Mankato and Wells Oct. 2009 Becky Adams speaking with people Blandin Fd 0171

Our People

Rural passion. Community leadership. Committed connections.
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More on our founder's intent and how our work carries it forward today.
Milestone section page Richard Hamilton Smith, UPM land, Summer 2010 NCM10006_100824_-233

Financial Reports

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