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Resilience. Adaptability. Collaboration: 2021 Report to the Community

August 1, 2022

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, Montana, North Dakota, and 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.

2021 Report to the Community

June 1, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic was first making its impact felt in our region, we were able to assert our financial resiliency and be among the first charitable institutions in the nation to act boldly, quickly establishing a $50 million emergency fund through our subsidiary, Community Benefit Financial Company (CBFC). This platform was structured to provide desperately needed assistance to organizations as they worked to support those whose lives were suddenly buffeted by unprecedented health, economic, and racial justice challenges.Over the ensuing months, CBFC emerged as a trusted partner to a network of frontline agencies working in collaboration with other organizations to provide financial support and emergency services throughout the region, including community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and community development corporations (CDCs).Between our responsive grantmaking and emergency fund distributions, in 2020 OBT invested more than $71 million in 900+ organizations across the region.

Otto Bremer Trust 2018 Annual Report

May 20, 2019

Otto Bremer Trust 2018 Annual Report.