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 owns 92 percent 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
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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
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Finance as a Catalyst for Good
A UNIQUE RESOURCE FOR INVESTMENT IN THE UPPER MIDWEST
MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN ASSETS
Through a portfolio of investments and our 92 percent ownership of Bremer Bank, the Otto Bremer Trust now has more than $1 billion in assets that work for the benefit of people, places, and communities in the Upper Midwest. Prudent management of this portfolio and stewardship of Bremer Bank generate financial resources that are used to invest for impact, which is central to our strategic objective.
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES THROUGH MULTIPLE STRATEGIES
Whether it takes the form of grantmaking, hybrid investments, or portfolio management, the Otto Bremer Trust invests in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. For decades, we have invested in diverse and dynamic organizations that work closely with individuals and communities to address identified needs and opportunities.
Organizations impacted in 2016
Communities Impacted in 2016
RETURNED AND REINVESTED WITH PURPOSE
Since its founding in 1944, the Otto Bremer Trust has made more than $600 million in grants and program-related investments. With prudent management of these investments — social, financial, and those that are both — we can expect to continue to grow our assets for even greater positive community impact in the future. That was the vision of our founder, Otto Bremer, and we continue to honor his legacy.
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 makes 140 investments totaling $9.8 million
September 13, 2018
The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $9,830,155 in grants as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.
Otto Bremer Trust makes 134 investments totaling $8.8 million
June 19, 2018
The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $7,456,601 in grants as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle.