Serving Greater Saint Paul
Amherst H. Wilder, a forward-looking and highly successful Minnesota entrepreneur, passed away in 1896. Decades before the civil rights movement began, he left his fortune of more than $2 million to improve the well-being of people in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area without regard to nationality, sex, color, or religion. For over a century, that commitment has stood steadfast. Like Wilder himself, we remain passionate about investing in people.
At Wilder, we want everyone in the east metro to be contributing and productive members of our community—especially those least likely to be able to reach out for help—infants and toddlers, at-risk school kids and teenagers, adults struggling with mental illness, elders, and those who care for them. We help people live with dignity and positively impact their school, neighborhood, or community.
Saint Paul, the capital and second largest city of Minnesota, adjoins Minneapolis, the state’s largest city. These two cities, commonly known as the Twin Cities, form the 16th largest Metropolitan area in the U.S. According to the 2010 Census, 285,068 people resided in the city of Saint Paul, of which 22 percent were living below the poverty level. The city’s demographics included 60% white, 15% African American, 15% Asian and 10% Hispanic or Latino. As the Saint Paul area continues to grow and change, the Wilder Foundation remains a responsive partner addressing the needs of the community. Our commitment to serving without prejudice amid the diversity of the greater Saint Paul community can be seen in the unique faces of thousands of people we serve each year—whose lives have been transformed—thanks to a forward-thinking man who died long before they were born.