Contact: Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, MN 55104
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a non-profit health and human services organization founded by a philanthropic Saint Paul businessman, Amherst H. Wilder and his family. For more than 100 years, Wilder has combined direct service, research, and community development to address the needs of the most vulnerable people in greater Saint Paul.
Our mission (from the original Wilder family wills)
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
• 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.
Facts at a glance
Fiscal year 2011 operating budget: $43.5 million
Persons served: 5,854
Persons trained: 9,365(may include some duplicated counts)
Research reports issued: 257
Number of volunteers: 694
The Wilder Foundation's beginnings can be traced back to 1906, when three charities were established in the names of a philanthropic Saint Paul businessman, Amherst Holcomb Wilder; his wife, Fanny Spencer Wilder; and their daughter, Cornelia Day Wilder Appleby.
The Wilder family's vision was to aid and assist the poor, sick, aged, and otherwise needy people of Saint Paul without regard to, or discrimination on account of any such persons by reason of their nationality, sex, color, religious scruples or prejudices. This progressive and inclusive purpose has guided the Foundation throughout its history and remains the mission of the organization.
Wilder was one of Saint Paul's pioneer businessmen. He came to the city in 1859 from his home in Lewis, New York, and over time accumulated a fortune in the development of the Northwest. A bold and versatile entrepreneur, Wilder's diversified interests included trading, freight and stage coach transportation, railroading, lumbering, banking, insurance, real estate and merchandising.
Shortly after arriving in Saint Paul, Wilder met Fanny Spencer, who had come to the city from Utica, New York, to visit her brother, a clerk of the United States District Court. Amherst and Fanny married in1861. Their daughter, Cornelia Day, was born in 1868. It is believed that it was Cornelia's lifelong volunteer work that influenced the Wilders to leave their estate to help the less fortunate.
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