The Otto Bremer Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, has announced grants totaling $9.6 million to nonprofits in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The hundred and five grants awarded to organizations in Minnesota include $91,950 to Mankato Area Public Schools in support of Mankato Area Adult Basic Education, an initiative to better serve low-skilled and immigrant adult learners; and $50,000 to Ruth's House of Hope in support of a transitional shelter program. Twenty-two grants were awarded to organizations in North Dakota, including $250,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank to address basic food needs and the root causes of hunger in the state; and $75,000 to Ruth Meiers Hospitality House to improve accessibility for disabled residents. In addition, twenty-one grants were awarded to organizations in Wisconsin, including $64,252 to the Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation in Eau Claire to increase access to oral health care for economically disadvantaged populations in and around Eau Claire; and $100,000 to the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley in Baldwin in support of its efforts to strengthen families and communities through education, resources, and other types of support.
The foundation also awarded $8,000 to the New York City-based Foundation Center in support of its Funders Information Network, which promotes philanthropy in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin by providing free local access to philanthropy-related resources; and $20,000 to Urban Strategies in St. Louis, which provides academic and youth development opportunities for youth in north Minneapolis. In addition, the foundation awarded a $500,000 program-related investment to the Banyan Foundation for construction of a community center that will provide comprehensive programming and services in the Phillips neighborhood.
"We are delighted to provide support to a wide range of organizations across the three-state region where we make our investments," said Bremer Foundation co-CEO and trustee Brian Lipschultz. "Their work and dedication help move communities forward for the betterment of all."
For a complete list of recipients, visit the Bremer Foundation website.