ABOUT US

Mission

INVESTING IN PEOPLE, PLACES, AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UPPER MIDWEST

Our mission reflects the intent of our founder, Otto Bremer. His vision and longstanding commitment to communities during and after the Great Depression endure today through the Otto Bremer Trust.

We have built our organization to reflect the challenges and opportunities found throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin. We are mindful of Otto’s extraordinary legacy and to be faithful stewards of the vision and assets consistent with the Trust’s perpetual structure.

Otto Bremer’s commitment to helping people and communities provides the cornerstone of the Trust’s investment philosophy. He recognized then, as we do today, that Good Lives Here.

Three Ways of Investing for Maximum Impact

Social Return

Making grants to nonprofit and other qualified organizations working to improve lives in the Upper Midwest

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Hybrid Return

Investing in organizations that provide a blend of social and financial return

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Financial Return

Growing the resources of the Trust through selective investments

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History

PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR GOOD

Otto Bremer came to Minnesota as a German immigrant in 1886 seeking opportunities for a good life. Over the next 36 years, he worked his way up to become chairman of the American National Bank and a dedicated community leader involved in civic, financial, and corporate life.

Bremer’s financial acumen led to investments in many independent rural banks in the Upper Midwest. During the Great Depression, Bremer liquidated many of his personal assets to strengthen these banks and help them ride out hard times. He believed that people could survive and flourish if they had help at critical times.

For all his success, Bremer did not forget the strengths and hardships of the rural and immigrant experience. His concern for those working to make their lives better, coupled with his commitment to rural banks, became the cornerstone of the Otto Bremer Trust.

The Trust was founded in 1944. Since then, Otto Bremer Trust has granted more than $600 million to help further his mission in Bremer communities here at home.

Executive Leadership

Charlotte S. Johnson

Co-CEO and Trustee

S. Brian Lipschultz

Co-CEO and Trustee

Daniel C. Reardon

Co-CEO and Trustee

Contact the Trustees

Marissa Schon
Executive Assistant
mschon@ottobremer.org
651-312-3552

Recent Publications

INVESTING, IMPACT AND ITS EFFECT ON THE PEOPLE IN THE UPPER MIDWEST

A steady stream of resources and boundless energy is allocated each year to impact the lives of others. Our reports and publications detail both the health of the Trust and the communities we serve. We invite you to take a look.

Contact Us

Interested in learning more about our work? We’d love to hear from you. It’s easy to seek out the best person to talk to based on subject or regional responsibility.