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About Us

Get to know the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation


Since its inception in 1906, Wilder has been committed to improving people's lives and well-being by leveraging the strengths of the community to address challenges.

We team up with individuals, communities, corporations, civic leaders, and other nonprofits who share our values. Our collective efforts aim to remove barriers so that everyone has the opportunity to thrive.


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Mission and History

Mission, Vision & Values

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. 

Mission, Vision & Values

Wilder History

The Wilder Foundation is the namesake of Amherst H. Wilder (1828-1894), a wealthy businessman who established a trust fund at the turn of the 20th century in his will that would “relieve, aid and assist the poor, sick and needy people of the city of Saint Paul.” This fund established the Amherst H. Wilder Charity, which made its first expenditure in 1906 to assist a family in Saint Paul. Since its inception, the Wilder Foundation has endeavored to provide responsive human services and adapt to the changing needs of the Greater Saint Paul community.

 Our History 

Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Our services, research and community engagement work happens throughout Greater Saint Paul, but we have three primary service and administrative locations:

Wilder Center

451 Lexington Pkwy. N
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Printable map and directions to Wilder Center

Wilder Healthy Aging and Caregiving Services

941 Lafond Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Printable map and directions to our new location

Wilder Child Development Center

911 Lafond Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Printable map and directions to the Child Development Center