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Otto Bremer Trust makes 151 grants totaling $8.6 million

The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $8,609,747 in grants as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.

“With this latest round of grants, we are reminded of the critical need that communities and individuals across the region continue to have as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its health and economic impacts,” said Charlotte Johnson, Co-CEO and Trustee, Otto Bremer Trust.

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.

A list of grants awarded to local organizations is included below. For a complete list of grants awarded, visit the Otto Bremer Trust website.

• The Bridge to Hope, Menomonie, WI, $60,000. For general operations to serve victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

• Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County, Inc., Ellsworth, WI, $8,000. For general operations to reduce hunger and provide access to healthy foods.

• Legacy Community Center, Chippewa Falls, WI, $15,000. For general operations to provide free basic needs programs and referral services to the residents of Chippewa County.

• St. Croix Valley Foundation, Hudson, WI, $50,000. For technical upgrades that will improve efficiency, security, and access for foundation staff, affiliates, donors, and grantees.

• St. Croix Valley Restorative Services, Inc., River Falls, WI, $20,000. For general operations to provide restorative justice services in western Wisconsin.

• The Salvation Army, New Richmond, WI, $65,000. For general operations to serve homeless individuals and families in St. Croix, Burnett, and Polk Counties.

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