Otto Bremer Foundation announces grants to benefit Twin Cities
October 23, 2012
The Otto Bremer Foundation, an organization first launched in 1944 to benefit communities, recently announced 86 grants for more than $5.9 million. The organization was established by Bremer, who came to the United States as a German immigrant with limited English language skills and worked his way from a bookkeeper at the National German American National Bank to co-own and manage the Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company and finally advise two United States presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Since then, the foundation has worked to support individuals that might be struggling in communities, providing more than $406 million since its inception. In particular, the group aims to ensure civic, economic and social advancement are within the reach of all community members.
During this round of grantmaking, the organization provided $20,000 to AccessAbility, an organization that helps homeless individuals, and $35,000 for The Center for Victims of Torture to support a new client services program. It also awarded The Cookie Cart with $125,000 for program support. The project provides at-risk youth with employment opportunities.
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