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Otto Bremer Trust awards 119 grants totaling $7.4 million

The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded 119 grants totaling $7,456,601 to organizations across the Upper Midwest as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

“These organizations are making a positive difference and the Otto Bremer Trust’s investments represent our continuing commitment to help strengthen communities across the region,” said Charlotte Johnson, co-CEO and trustee, OBT.

The Otto Bremer Trust, based in St. Paul, Minn., is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $600 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. Visit

A list of grants awarded to local organizations is included below. For a complete list of grants, review the full release at

Village of Baldwin, Baldwin, WI, $35,000. To support the purchase of life-saving equipment for the community ambulance service.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI, $85,000. For general operations to support one-to-one mentoring for at-risk youth.

L.E. Phillips Career Development Center, Eau Claire, WI, $25,000. For support of the Chippewa Outreach Office, which provides resources for economically disadvantaged individuals and families to meet basic needs and obtain or maintain stable housing.

Operation HELP, Inc., Hudson, WI, $37,500. For general operations to support residents of St. Croix County with emergency rent, utilities, and car repair assistance.

Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Inc., River Falls, WI, $75,161. For general operations and design of a new facility to provide domestic and sexual violence programs and services in Pierce and St. Croix Counties.

Watch Us Grow Children’s Village, Menomonie, WI, $2,500. To support provision of childcare service to Dunn County Job Center clients.