Where We Work

As the major investor in Bremer Financial Corporation, the Otto Bremer Foundation is committed to the communities and seven regions that are homes to Bremer banks. The Foundation seeks to serve as a resource to local and regional organizations that help to move these communities forward.

The Foundation actively seeks to understand community concerns, challenges and goals through visits by staff and trustees, meetings with nonprofit and community leaders, periodic convenings and other means. We consider a number of factors in determining geographic eligibility for a grant or program-related investment, including physical proximity to Bremer Bank communities and how the work of a specific program or organization will positively affect residents of those communities.

We have identified seven distinct geographic regions where Bremer banks are located so that we can develop a deeper understanding of the various regions in which we fund. By focusing on these regions we will broaden our understanding of that geographic area, and develop and expand relationships within each region that can lead to synergies that will benefit individuals and organizations.

Regions

Click on the region names to the left to see a particular region's contact information and placement on the map above.

Communities:
Bismarck, Carrington, Devils Lake, Max, Minnewaukan, Minot, Richardton, Rugby

Contact:
Diane Benjamin, Senior Program Officer
diane@ottobremer.org
651-312-3526

Communities:
In Minnesota: Breckenridge, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fisher, Moorhead, Warren
In North Dakota: Casselton, Fargo, Fordville, Gilby, Grafton, Grand Forks, Larimore, Lisbon, Wahpeton

Contact:
Tony LookingElk, Regional Director
tonyle@ottobremer.org
651-312-3537

Communities:
Aitkin, Baxter, Brainerd, International Falls, Princeton, Rice, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud

Contact:
Kris Kosek, Program Officer
kris@ottobremer.org
651-312-3723

Communities:
Alexandria, Brandon, Fergus Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Morris, Owatonna, Perham, Redwood Falls, Starbuck, Watertown, Willmar

Contact:
Rose Carr, Program Officer
rose@ottobremer.org
651-312-3716

Communities:
Arden Hills, Brooklyn Center, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Roseville, South St. Paul, St. Anthony, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Woodbury

Contact:
Aretha Green-Rupert, Regional Director
aretha@ottobremer.org
651-312-3518

Communities:
Amery, Bayfield, Colfax, Danbury, Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Frederic, La Crosse, La Pointe, Menomonie, New Richmond, Siren, Washburn

Contact:
Dominic Papatola, Senior Program Officer
dominic@ottobremer.org
651-312-3660

Communities:
Austin, Eyota, Houston, Kasson, Rochester, Rollingstone, St. Charles, Stewartville, Winona

Contact:
Lue Her, Regional Director
lue@ottobremer.org
651-312-3531