Albert L. Ordean’s vision for Duluth was a bold, yet patient, commitment to long term solutions that address systemic poverty in our community.

We are here to carry on his vision and legacy.


The Ordean Foundation strives to inspire, encourage, and support effective community efforts to confront poverty and nurture a healthier community for all residents.

Charitable Giving Program

Ordean Foundation contributes to the community through grants to non-profit organizations. Staff work closely with community leaders to maximize resources, avoid duplication of services, and identify areas of need. Funding may be used for general operating expenses or special projects and is approved by the Board of Directors.

Charitable Giving


The Ordean Foundation contributes to Duluth’s vibrant non-profit sector that embodies courage, determination, and collaborative spirit to provide support, opportunity, and hope for those experiencing poverty in our community.

Albert Ordean

Albert L. Ordean

In 1926, Albert Ordean drafted a will calling for “A corporation for the purpose of furnishing relief and charity…without discrimination as to age, sex, color, or religion.” Albert Ordean died in 1928 at the age of 72 and after the death of his wife Louise, The Ordean Foundation was created on December 19,1933.

Connect With Us

Ordean Foundation believes in the importance of relationships and a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our community and our non-profit partners. We value the opportunity to establish new relationships and build new partnerships.

We seek to broaden our understanding of how the important work of area non-profits intersect with our poverty-focused mission. Do you have an idea to help us stay connected and engaged?