Grant and PRI promotion guidelines

We support organizations that wish to promote their OBT grants and program-related investments. Following are OBT’s guidelines for organizations that wish to do that.

News releases

  • OBT typically does not initiate news releases about individual awards. Grant and program-related investment recipients should write their own news releases.
  • OBT does send out a news release following each decision-making meeting that lists all the grants and PRIs that were made. Some media outlets will use information from that news release to report on investments in their area. We also post these news releases in our newsroom.
  • If you wish your news release to include a quote or comment from someone at OBT, please contact Ann Pagel, our operations and communications associate.
  • In general, OBT does not need to review or approve your news release unless you are requesting a quote or comment from someone at OBT; in those cases, we would like to review how the quote is being used in the news release before it is sent out.
  • When working with your local newspaper editor or a reporter who wishes to speak with someone at OBT about a grant or the organization itself, you can direct those inquiries to Ann Pagel.

Social media

Brand identity assets

To ensure consistent use of OBT brand assets, you may only use the approved assets provided on this site. Download our asset pack for grant and PRI recipients. It includes social media graphics, logos, our identity guidelines, and other assets.

Our name and organizational description

When referencing OBT, it is important that you use the full name of our organization: the Otto Bremer Trust. (While the word “the” is not part of our official name, we use it when referencing OBT.) It may also be helpful to include that we are based in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is also acceptable on second and subsequent references to abbreviate the organization as “OBT.”

When including a description, please use the following:

About the Otto Bremer Trust

The Otto Bremer Trust is a bank holding company and a private charitable trust based in Saint Paul, Minn., that works at the intersection of finance and philanthropy. Created in 1944 by Otto Bremer, it is today one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations and is committed to supporting a better quality of life for residents of Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. OBT is the majority owner of Bremer Financial Corporation, a regional financial services company; manages a diversified investment portfolio; and operates Community Benefit Financial Company, a financial resources subsidiary. Since its founding, OBT has invested more than $841 million in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Visit

Other opportunities

Some organizations wish to write a brief story or article for their newsletter or annual report. We are happy to provide additional information, including a quote from someone at OBT. Please contact Ann Pagel with these requests.