Kim Nelson and Ellen Goldberg Luger

General Mills Foundation Executives

Kim Nelson and Ellen Goldberg Luger
Photo by Becca Sabot

Where the Mill City Museum now stands was once the Washburn Mill, which exploded in 1878. Shortly after, owner Cadwallader Washburn made plans for an orphanage to care for children left parentless.

That orphanage evolved into Washburn Center for Children; the milling company evolved into General Mills.

The company has been one of Washburn Center’s strongest advocates since, providing generous financial support and deep wells of enthusiasm from volunteers. In fact, it provided the lead gift in Washburn Center’s capital campaign—the first leap toward a new facility. Says Foundation president Kim Nelson, “We at General Mills have a strong legacy of giving in the Twin Cities, supporting the arts, cultural, and educational infrastructure that makes this a terrific place to live.” Says Foundation executive director Ellen Goldberg Luger, “Providing support to Washburn aligns with General Mills’ values and my personal values learned at a young age from my family.

“Nothing is out of reach to the people of this community when they set their minds to making it happen.”

Saiku Kanneh

Saiku Kanneh

After his school bus nearly plummeted into the banks of the Mississippi during the 35W bus collapsed, Saiku Kanneh worked to put the past behind him.

Principal Jeb Myers and Students, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Principal Jeb Myers and Students

Helping out at the Washburn Games promotes acceptance of kids, fun, and mental health as a priority.

the Noll Family

The Noll Family

Two self-aware kids raise money for their Twin Cities peers at Washburn.

Patrick Andruss and Ashley Ross

Patrick Andruss and Ashley Ross

When teachers work with Washburn therapists, real growth can bloom.

Mary and Anna Kerr

Mary and Anna Kerr

A family finds ways to help their child—and their whole family unit—thrive together.

Matt Witham and Tina Shah

Matt Witham, LMFT and Tina Shah, PsyD LP

An institute trains therapists to deal with mental health needs across cultures and socioeconomic status.

Andrew Zimmern and Rishia Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern and Rishia Zimmern

Why do the Zimmerns speak for Washburn? Because their own family received incalculable benefit.

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