INVESTING FOR IMPACT WITH A MISSION-DRIVEN APPROACH
The Otto Bremer Trust is a unique organization spanning banking, investments, and philanthropy. Each serves a specific purpose, and they all work together to deliver impact for the communities we serve. One hundred percent of our assets are put to work for our mission — and have been since 1944.
Making grants to nonprofit and other qualified organizations working to improve lives in the Upper Midwest.
We look to respond to needs and opportunities that align with the Trust and are identified by our communities. Our philanthropy team carefully reviews applications leading to recommended investments that make a positive difference in our communities.How to Apply Learn More
Investing in organizations that provide a blend of social and financial return.
The Trust is the majority owner of Bremer Bank and also invests in other ventures. We look for organizations that make a positive impact on the lives of community members but also provide solid financial return on our investments.Talk to a
Regional Director Learn More
Growing the resources of the Trust through selective investments.
Managed portfolio investments and return on other financial assets help grow and diversify the Trust over the long term. Asset growth and income contribute additional resources for investment in communities.Talk to an
Investment Manager Learn More
FINANCE AS A CATALYST FOR GOOD
SHINING A LIGHT ON HAPPINESS, PROSPERITY, AND OTHER MEASURES OF SUCCESS
Turning roadblocks into opportunities
Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)
Growing up in North Carolina, with his mom working two night jobs, JD made some mistakes. But he went All-American in high school.
Spreading healthy smiles
Community Dental Care, Inc.
Noor Edward used to be afraid of the dentist. Now she dreams of becoming a dental assistant.
I make homes for families
Summit Academny OIC
At 33, Tamir just earned his GED at Summit Academy and is a few weeks away from finishing the construction training program.
Big youth center on the prairie
Carrington Youth Center
Carrington, North Dakota
The Carrington Youth Center, is a movie theater, an after-school program, an event center, a bowling alley, and even a concession stand for passers-by.
Connecting kids to careers
Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Education Association
With support from Bridges Career Academies & Workplace Connection, Pillager High School teacher Ann Hutchison helps students find their path into the world beyond high school.
Keeping a community healthy
REDEEMER CENTER FOR LIFE, INC.
A TRUST LIKE NO OTHER
Since our founding in 1944, our unique approach combining banking, investment, and philanthropic activities allows us to generate resources that are reinvested in our communities. Our model uses finance as a tool for good. We invest in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest to contribute to a better future for all. This is what Otto Bremer envisioned.
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Otto Bremer Trust announces second phase of emergency fund to focus on restoring small businesses and critical services
July 6, 2020
The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), one of the nation’s largest charitable organizations, announced a second phase of its $50 million emergency fund.
Court unseals suit against bank board for willfully obstructing sale
June 15, 2020
Documents confirm that the Otto Bremer Trust can sell bank
Otto Bremer Trust announced today that its suit to hold seven directors of Bremer Financial Corporation personally responsible for blocking the exploration of a sale of BFC has been unsealed by the Ramsey County Court.
Otto Bremer Trust files amended counterclaim in BFC litigation
May 14, 2020
Filing holds BFC directors personally liable for damage done to OBT charitable assets, presents persuasive new evidence of willful misconduct
The Trustees of OBT filed amended counterclaims against BFC and its directors: Jeanne H. Crain, Ronald James, Mary Brainerd, Glenn D. McCoy, Kevin A. Rhein, Wendy Schoppert, and Charles B. Westling.