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Otto Bremer Trust makes 132 grants totaling $7.4 million

SAINT PAUL, MN — The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $7,435,260 in grants and program-related investments as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

“During these challenging times, our focus is on the communities in the region that need help and assistance now more than ever, and on the people who depend on the programs and services we help support,” said Brian Lipschultz, Co-CEO and Trustee, Otto Bremer Trust.

The recent grantmaking cycle is in addition to $9,170,536 in grants and program-related investments OBT made in May and June and more than $10.5 million it distributed in grants and loans to more than 300 organizations as part of the first phase of its emergency fund to help community organizations in response to Covid-19.

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. Created in 1944 by Otto Bremer, it is today one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations and is committed to supporting a better quality of life for residents of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. OBT is the majority owner of Bremer Financial Corporation, a regional financial services company, and manages a diversified investment portfolio. Since its founding, OBT has invested more than $805 million in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Visit for more information, including a list of grants and program-related investments. Visit

A list of grants awarded to organizations in western Wisconsin is included below. For a complete list of grants, see the full release on our website.

• American National Red Cross – Wisconsin Region, Altoona, WI, $80,000. For general operations to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in western Wisconsin.

• 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.

• Boys and Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Band, Inc., Hayward, WI, $50,000. For general operations to support a tribal-based youth development organization

• Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, Inc., Superior, WI, $45,000. To support the provision of legal services in Bayfield and Ashland counties to low-income individuals and families victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault and/or child abuse.

• Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, Inc., Baldwin, WI, $85,000. For general operations to provide education, resources, and support to families in the St. Croix Valley.

• Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties, Inc., River Falls, WI, $33,000. For general operations to provide free primary healthcare, medications and preventative health education for Pierce and St. Croix County residents.

• Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Burnett County Inc., Danbury, WI, $45,000. For general operations to provide a variety of services for individuals and families in need.

• L.E. Phillips Senior Center, Eau Claire, WI, $50,000. For capital support of an expanded senior education and fitness facility.

• St. Clare Health Mission, La Crosse, WI, $35,000. For general operations to serve the healthcare needs of the working poor and uninsured.

• Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity, Superior, WI, $20,000. For general operations to build, repair and increase the safety of homes for economically challenged populations.

• Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, Inc., La Crosse, WI, $20,000. To support Providers and Teens Communicating for Health, which engages, educates, and empowers adolescents and adults to become partners in care.

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