Blandin Foundation Awards $3.7 Million in Grants, Launches CEO Search

Blandin Foundation Awards $3.7 Million in Grants, Launches CEO Search

The Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has announced fifty-three grants totaling $3.7 million and the launch of a national search for its next chief executive.

Grants ranging from less than $1,000 to $2.1 million were awarded in support of initiatives across the state, including $2.1 million in continuing support for the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative's Invest Early program, $10,000 in project support for youth workforce training programs operated by the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training, and $50,000 to Red Wing Ignite to strengthen support systems for entrepreneurs in the Red Wing area.

The foundation also announced the addition of Dustin Goslin, Bukata Hayes, and Nadege Souvenir to its board of trustees and announced that the board has launched a search for a successor to president and CEO Kathleen Annette, who will retire in 2020. After a long career with the Indian Health Service, Annette has served the foundation in the CEO role since 2011.

"It is a credit to Kathy Annette and our current trustees that the foundation is ready for these changes," said board chair Heidi Korstad. "We are in a great place — strong teams of staff and trustees, financially solid, and with a clear strategic path forward. The board is grateful to both those transitioning out of roles and to those who are stepping up to serve new ones. We continue to be well-served with excellent leaders and stewards of Mr. Blandin's legacy."

For a complete list of the foundation's June grants, see the Blandin Foundation website.

(Photo credit: Red Wing Ignite)

"Blandin Foundation Awards $3.7 Million in Grants, Names Trustees." Blandin Foundation Press Release 07/01/2019.