People are the common denominator in our effort to help individuals reach full economic, civic, and social participation for the improvement of their communities. This was the intent of our founder, Otto Bremer, and it is as clear today as it was upon OBT’s founding.
We focus our investments on initiatives and organizations that help people move forward in meaningful and powerful ways. That includes supporting educational opportunities and training programs that help individuals receive the support they need while pursuing their quest to find meaningful employment. It is also helping organizations that provide lending and grants to people who might not typically have access to capital to start a business and thrive as part of their community.
We also understand that for some, meeting basic needs—food, stable housing, transportation, and access to healthcare and mental health services—comes first, and we focus a portion of our investing in organizations and programs that are making a difference in assisting those in need in their communities.
Additionally, we believe people who are informed and engaged in the issues that impact their community can effectively work together in building a shared vision that helps address community problems and create opportunities that benefit all its citizens.
These values reflect Otto Bremer’s commitment to helping people find opportunities to thrive and participate in their communities. We are honored to be entrusted to continue this legacy and inspired by the people whose lives have been shaped by it.