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$897,000 awarded to organizations in western Wisconsin

SAINT PAUL — The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $10,257,564 in grants as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

“We are proud to invest in these programs and organizations that are providing fresh and innovative solutions to help communities across the region,” said Charlotte Johnson, Co-CEO and Trustee, OBT.

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 92 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

Western Wisconsin

ABC for Rural Health, Inc., Balsam Lake, WI, $50,000. For general operations to support Wisconsin families obtain, keep, and use public and private health care coverage.

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Odanah, WI, $100,000. For capital support of a new Head Start facility to serve tribal youth.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region, La Crosse, WI, $40,000. For general operations to support mentoring programs for at-risk youth in southeastern Wisconsin and southwestern Minnesota.

Colfax Community Fire Department, Colfax, WI, $25,000. To assist the fire department in purchasing equipment to improve response efficiency.

Community Referral Agency, Inc., Milltown, WI, $40,000. For general operations to offer shelter and support services for survivors of family violence and sexual assault in Polk, Burnett, and Barron Counties of Wisconsin.

Foundations Health & Wholeness Inc., Green Bay, WI, $25,000. To support a program that embeds mental health therapists in homeless shelters and other social service organizations.

Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, Inc., Springfield, IL, $100,000. To support development of a hybrid operating suite to advance the treatment of vascular and related diseases at its facility in Eau Claire.

Hudson Hospital Foundation, Hudson, WI, $75,000. To support the expansion of the Hudson Hospital Emergency Center.

La Crosse Area Family YMCA, La Crosse, WI, $75,000. For general operations to support programs and activities to strengthen the mind, body and overall well-being of the community.

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, WI, $30,000. To provide micro-grants to assist students with emergency expenses that might threaten their ability to be successful in college.

North Country Independent Living, Inc., Superior, WI, $50,000. For general operations during a transitional period for the organization, which assists people with disabilities to live independently.

The Parenting Place, Inc., La Crosse, WI, $82,000. To provide supports and services that will reduce reports of suspected child abuse or neglect to county child protective services.

St. Croix Valley Restorative Services, Inc., River Falls, WI, $15,000. For general operations to provide restorative services in St. Croix Valley and Pierce counties.

St. Joseph’s Memorial Foundation, Inc., Hillsboro, WI, $100,000. For capital support of a new critical access hospital to better serve a medically under-served area.

United Way of Dunn County, Menomonie, WI, $30,000. To provide basic needs and resources to individuals with low incomes or who are facing crisis situations.

Westfields Hospital Foundation, Inc., New Richmond, WI, $40,000. To provide grief support and resiliency training to youth and staff in the New Richmond School District.

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