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SAINT PAUL — The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $12,855,616 in grants and program-related investments as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

“The Otto Bremer Trust is proud to continue investing in a broad range of programs and organizations that are making a positive impact in people’s lives across the region,” said Brian Lipschultz, Co-CEO and Trustee, OBT. “Partnering in this way is at the core of our continued long-term commitment to the Upper Midwest and exactly what Otto Bremer envisioned 75 years ago when he saw a need to help communities prosper.”

The Otto Bremer Trust is a bank holding company and a private charitable trust based in Saint Paul, Minn., that works at the intersection of finance and philanthropy.

OBT is the 86 percent owner of Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company, and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. Since its founding, OBT has invested more than $700 million in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Visit

For a complete list of grants awarded, review the full release here.

Southeastern Minnesota

Bluff Country Family Resources, Inc., Hokah, $40,000. For general operations to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Houston County.

City of Byron, Byron, $75,000. For the construction of an inclusive playground.

Independent School District 535, Rochester, $62,419. To provide case management to high school youth experiencing homelessness in order for them to gain stability in their lives and succeed in their education.

NAMI Southeast Minnesota, Rochester, $37,000. For general operations to provide education, support, and advocacy to individuals and families struggling with mental illness in southeastern Minnesota.

PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota, Inc., Rochester, $75,000. For general operations to provide employment, recreation, and community integration opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project Legacy, Rochester, $25,000. For general operations to mentor and support youth and young adults of color in their journey out of poverty, incarceration, and addiction toward vibrant futures.

Rochester Area Foundation, Rochester, $75,000. To support the Cradle-to-Career coalition in building a collective impact model that addresses education and employment disparities in the Rochester area.

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester MN, Rochester, $125,000. For general operations support to provide a home away from home for families seeking medical treatment for their critically ill children.

Ruth's House of Hope, Inc., Faribault, $58,036. For general operations and technology upgrades to provide safe shelter, food and basic needs, and supportive services to women and children experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence.

Somalia Rebuild Organization, Rochester, $10,000. To provide afterschool homework help and enrichment activities to keep Somali-American youth engaged, active, and thriving in and out of school.

Southeastern Minnesota Private Industry Council, Inc. dba Workforce Development, Inc., Rochester, $100,000. To provide academic support and navigation for disadvantaged populations to enter and/or move up in career pathways.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Owatonna, $50,000. To build and connect agricultural business assets to ensure community viability in southern Minnesota.

Steele County Transitional Housing, Inc., Owatonna, $50,000. For general operations to provide rent subsidies and case management for homeless families and individuals fleeing domestic violence in Steele County.

Winona Community Foundation, Inc., Winona, $25,000. To create local resilience and support among nonprofit organizations in Winona.

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