Charles K Blandin Foundation

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Headquarters Location: Grand Rapids, MN
Founded: 1944


Mission: To strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. 


Tags: workforce development, leadership, community development, rural, education, low-income, youth, research , public policy, minnesota, 2011


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Story: Stevens County is home to 22 freshly trained, energized leaders. The most recent cohort of Blandin Community Leadership Program, the residents from Hancock and Morris, Minn., spent the last full week in February 2011 focused on their community’s shared assets… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
The Blandin Foundation has strengthened rural communities across Minnesota through leadership development programs, broadband internet access, and other workforce development activities.
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Leadership
Charles-k-blandin-foundation Jim Hoolihan. Jim began his tenure as president and CEO of the Blandin Foundation in 2004. This position is the most recent in a long list of leadership positions he has held in the community. A native of Grand Rapids, businessman and civic leader, Jim was Grand Rapids’ three-term mayor from 1990 through 1995, Foundation board member from 1992 through 2003 and… See full bio.


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
Phone:
877-882-2257
Address:
100 N Pokegama Ave
 
Grand Rapids, MN 55744, USA
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Charles-k-blandin-foundation Story: Stevens County is home to 22 freshly trained, energized leaders. The most recent cohort of Blandin Community Leadership Program, the residents from Hancock and Morris, Minn., spent the last full week in February 2011 focused on their community’s shared assets and honing their leadership skills. They will finish up with workshops in May and July. More than 6,000 rural residents have graduated from BCLP over the past 25 years, and as they all can explain about leadership, “You have to do it yourself, but you can’t do it alone.” Stevens County folks definitely won’t be doing it alone! Still coming this spring…new cohorts from Leech Lake, Red Lake, White Earth, Aitkin Area and Bemidji Area.

Expert Reviews of Charles K Blandin Foundation

Evidence of Impact Summary:

The Blandin Foundation has strengthened rural communities across Minnesota through leadership development programs, broadband internet access, and other workforce development activities.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

The foundation was praised for its strong leadership and effective community programming'
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Experts suggested that the foundation try to expand its programming across the state by packaging its curriculum for delivery by others.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Promotes economic independence

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This foundation very much focuses on helping individuals help themselves to be more economically independent.

Develops leaders in rural communities

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The Blandin Foundation's broad-based leadership development activities have strengthened rural communities across Minnesota, and additional grant activities around specific areas such as broadband development have led to significant broadband advancement across the state.
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The Blandin Foundation has a tremendous, long-range effect on workforce development via its community development programming in rural Minnesota communities. The foundation also supports workforce development through student scholarships.
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Their Broadband Initiative addresses access in rural areas. The Blandin Foundation has been instrumental in making a large impact in rural Minnesota.


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Competent leadership

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They have an easy process to deal with, and good leadership. I am impressed with their leadership in that they are very proactive in dealing with issues. They also do a good job at allowing staff to use their skills to the maximum to accomplish tasks.
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The Blandin Foundation benefits from a clear vision, and strong leadership, staff, and finances.

Excellent community programming

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Their leadership, staff and programming on community leadership are unique and proven to produce results.
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They empower leaders in their communities, which creates residual, ongoing impact over time.


Expert Comments: Areas for Improvement

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Replicate model to expand impact

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They could develop a leadership development school that would expand to other states and nations.
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The Blandin Foundation could expand its effectiveness by partnering with other non-profit organizations to leverage financial and staffing resources, which would broaden its reach throughout the state and attract federal funding for workforce development.


Leadership

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Jim Hoolihan
President/CEO
Jim began his tenure as president and CEO of the Blandin Foundation in 2004. This position is the most recent in a long list of leadership positions he has held in the community. A native of Grand Rapids, businessman and civic leader, Jim was Grand Rapids’ three-term mayor from 1990 through 1995, Foundation board member from 1992 through 2003 and Foundation chair from 1996 through 1999. In 2002 he was named Citizen of the Year by the Grand Rapids Herald Review. From 1981 until joining the Foundation, he was president of Industrial Lubricant Company and Can-Jer, a Grand Rapids-based company providing industrial supplies and services to the logging, railroad, taconite and coal-mining industries. The Hoolihan family has owned the business for more than 65 years. He has served on several civic boards and commissions including Ready for K board of directors; the Governor’s Task Force on Mining and Minerals; United Way of Grand Rapids as campaign chair; and chair of Itasca Development Corp/Jobs 2020. He is a trustee of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church and a past trustee of the College of Saint Scholastica, and serves on the board of directors for the Duluth-based ALLETE company. Jim holds a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, masters of business degree from the University of Minnesota and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

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