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Bremer Bank donates $10,000 to Grand Forks nonprofit


Donation to Red River Valley Community Action made in honor of Bremer’s 80th anniversary

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, Bremer Bank today announced a donation of $10,000 to the Grand Forks nonprofit organization Red River Valley Community Action. The donation is one of eight total that Bremer is making to nonprofits that embody the bank’s three philanthropic pillars of economic empowerment, affordable housing and financial education across its footprint of Minnesota, western Wisconsin and North Dakota.

“Grand Forks has been an important, longstanding part of our eight-decade story,” said Bremer Bank President and CEO Jeanne Crain. “Red River Valley Community Action does critical work in this community, and we are honored for the opportunity to support them through this donation as we further Bremer’s 80-year legacy, established by our founder Otto Bremer, of cultivating thriving communities.”

German immigrant Otto Bremer founded Bremer Bank in St. Paul, Minnesota, guided by his belief that if banks helped businesses in both the good times and the bad, then communities could thrive. Eighty years later, Otto’s legacy of cultivating thriving communities lives on through Bremer’s customers and employees, who help grow our region’s food, build our region’s economies and serve our region’s neighbors. Click here to watch a video about Bremer Bank’s deep commitment to the many communities it serves.

Red River Valley Community Action offers emergency services, housing programs, nutrition programs and more for low-income individuals, families, senior citizens and others in crisis situations. In 2022, the organization served nearly 3,500 individuals in more than 2,300 households in Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties with essential services such as shelter, food, rent and utility assistance, furnace and water heater repair/replacement, and home weatherization services. Bremer’s donation will support ADA accessibility upgrades for the front door and measures to ensure the safety of the agency’s clients and staff.

“Red River Valley Community Action has been involved with Bremer Bank since our agency was founded in 1976 through the establishment of bank accounts, loans, and insurance. Bremer has always been supportive of our programs and services through donations and sponsorships,” said Kaye Seibel, Red River Valley Community Action executive director.

About Bremer Financial Corporation

Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately held regional financial services company with $16 billion in assets, jointly owned by the Otto Bremer Trust and Bremer employees. Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer and celebrating 80 years, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, and provides a comprehensive range of banking, mortgage, investment, wealth management, and insurance products and services throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Clients include small businesses, mid-sized corporations, agribusinesses, nonprofits, public and government entities, and individuals and families.