In just a handful of months, we will be blowing out our 75th birthday candles. As we get closer to that date, we want to share with you the ways in which Blandin Foundation continues to honor its commitments to its founder, Charles K. Blandin, and to its local Itasca area communities. So here’s your first of many chances to get up close and personal with C.K. Blandin and his Foundation.
How did the Blandin Foundation get its start?
Charles K. Blandin, teacher, entrepreneur and owner of a world-class paper mill in northern Minnesota, established the Blandin Foundation in 1941 to aid and promote Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.
Since the sale of the Blandin Paper Company in 1977, the financial resources of the Foundation have expanded dramatically, as has its area of service.