Photo by Becca Sabot
Kim Nelson and Ellen Goldberg Luger
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.”