Programs & Partners

Charitable Giving Program

The Ordean Foundation makes gifts to the community through grants to non-profit organizations. Staff works closely with these organizations and the greater community 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.

Programs that receive funding provide services related to food, shelter, and clothing, as well as medical, educational, and youth services. About thirty programs are currently funded by the Ordean Foundation in the greater Duluth area. Like many small, community-based nonprofits, these organizations have limited financial resources and rely on such funding to provide direct services to those in need. By advancing the mission of the Ordean Foundation through these programs, positive changes occur in the community that enable the economic and personal transformation of people in need and thereby stimulates a higher quality of life for all.

Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Program began in 1965 with $4,500 in scholarships for nursing students at The College of St. Scholastica. Students of what is now Lake Superior College were added in 1982. Scholarships will total $155,000 in 2019.

The program serves very low-income students who otherwise would have difficulty attending school. Many are non-traditional, adult students who are returning to school (eighteen-year-old new high school graduates are a minority). Scholarships are available at St. Scholastica for nursing, social work, psychology, education, and management degrees. Most of the programs at Lake Superior College are eligible. Scholarships enable students to work less during the school year. The nursing programs are intensive with heavy course loads and clinical rotations. The program helps health care workers upgrade their skills from nursing assistant to LPN to two-year RN to four-year RN.

Crawford Diversity Equity and Inclusion Award

In 2019, Ordean will launch a new competitive grant program designed to assist local non-profit organizations commit to in-depth organizational training related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Details of the program will be released in late 2019.