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“Students who have trouble seeing well often struggle in school, and you notice it all the time at the elementary school level,” said Kirk Morris, principal of Benjamin May Elementary in St. Paul, Minn. “The See Saint Paul initiative campaign and the Early Youth Eyecare program are doing a great job addressing that problem. The project helps students and families overcome barriers like lack of transportation and insurance that stand in the way of good eye care. Students who can see well are much more effective learners.”
Review of our 70th anniversary year and other milestones, including a breakout of our grants distribution for the year.
2014—the Otto Bremer Foundation's 70th year—was truly extraordinary. We provided over $42 million in grants and program-related investments to more than 500 strong institutions—a record for OBF and one of the largest private foundation distributions in Minnesota last year. These results were made possible by the work of our talented staff, all of whom are so dedicated to the communities we serve.
The Otto Bremer Foundation is issuing a $1 million challenge grant to organizations in southeastern Minnesota. During the month of March, the Foundation will offer a dollar-for-dollar match for contributions to selected nonprofits in the eight-county region. March Millions for Southeastern Minnesota introduces the Otto Bremer Foundation to southeastern Minnesota.
With the January 2015 opening of new Bremer Bank locations in Austin, Eyota, Houston, Kasson, Rochester, Rollingstone, St. Charles, Stewartville, and Winona, Minnesota, these communities join close to 80 other Bremer communities in western Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota
The Foundation is introducing a few procedural changes to the grantmaking process.
The Foundation’s new Finish Line Scholarship Program will provide up to $4 million over two years to selected MnSCU community and technical colleges in or near Bremer Bank communities.
A new Foundation publication introduces and illustrates core evaluation concepts that can help organizations understand and improve the results of the programs they support.