Mission Statement

(from Articles of Incorporation – 1974)

The mission of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is to promote the social welfare of persons resident or located in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area by all appropriate means including:
  • Relief of the poor
  • Care of the sick and aged
  • Care and nurture of children
  • Aid of the disadvantaged and otherwise needy
  • Promotion of physical and mental health
  • Support of rehabilitation and corrections
  • Provision of needed housing and social services
  • Operation of residences and facilities for the aged, the infirm and those requiring special care
And, in general, the conservation of human resources by the provision of human services responsive to the welfare needs of the community, all without regard to, or discrimination on account of, nationality, sex, color, religious scruples or prejudices.



The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation believes that investing in people, enhancing the relationships they have with each other, and working to promote health and resilience will help create a vibrant community. Through our direct service programs, Wilder Research, and community building, we are helping people reach their full potential.
Each year, the Wilder Foundation serves thousands of children, families and older adults who may be experiencing difficulty in their lives. Our more than 40 direct service programs are designed to meet people where they are at and help them towards greater self-sufficiency.
Our focus is that:
  • Children and Families have what they need to achieve their full potential.
  • Older adults have what they need to maximize their quality of life.
  • Residents and leaders are informed and engaged in creating solutions to address vital community issues. 


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