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Blandin Foundation welcomes new officer

GRAND RAPIDS —Kyle Erickson will join Blandin Foundation as a grants program officer in the Grand Rapids headquarters. Erickson is originally from Cass Lake and most recently served as the director of institutional advancement at Leech Lake Tribal College, where he led collaborative projects and fundraising work, while also managing government relations.In his new role, Erickson will join the foundation’s efforts to develop and support relationships with organizations strengthening rural Minnesota communities, especially those that align with the foundation’s strategic priorities of a vibrant Itasca County area.

Erickson holds a degree in secondary education from Crown College in Saint Bonifacius and a certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.