See Saint Paul provides critical vision screening through Early Youth Eyecare program

December 3, 2015

“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.”

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We moved!

November 30, 2015

As of November 30, 2015, our new address is 30 E. 7th St. Ste. 2900, St. Paul, MN 55101-2988.

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Otto Bremer Foundation releases 2014 annual report

August 21, 2015

Review of our 70th anniversary year and other milestones, including a breakout of our grants distribution for the year.

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Annual letter from the trustees and co-CEOs

July 30, 2015

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.

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Otto Bremer Foundation commits up to $1 million to southeastern Minnesota

January 30, 2015

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.

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Otto Bremer Foundation grantmaking expands to southeastern Minnesota

October 27, 2014

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

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Procedural changes to strengthen grantmaking process

June 26, 2014

The Foundation is introducing a few procedural changes to the grantmaking process.

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A $4 million scholarship program will help underrepresented students reach the finish line in community and technical college programs

May 21, 2014

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.

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Grantmaking update

April 17, 2014

This brief update looks back at 2013 and shows our applicants and grantees where to read more about our grantmaking focus and processes for 2014.

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A new evaluation resource for community organizations and funders

April 16, 2014

A new Foundation publication introduces and illustrates core evaluation concepts that can help organizations understand and improve the results of the programs they support.

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