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We are committed to using our resources to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and their families.

Permanent Adult Connections

October 18, 2017

A few years ago, we did two focus groups: one was with youth aging out of foster care and one was with adults who had been in foster care.  In both groups, I listened as they talked about what it felt like to only have adults in their lives who were paid to be there.  […]

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Congratulations to Minnesota’s Department of Human Services for winning a federal grant of $3M per year for the next four years ($12M total) to expand and sustain our System of Care for Children’s Mental Health!! The opportunities this grant gives to fill gaps and truly serve the children that need mental health services in our […]

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We are just beginning to understand the trauma some children experience at early ages. As funders of programs that help children, it is important to pay attention to trauma and how to heal it. I heard a person from a local school district say they didn’t want to ask children specific questions because when they […]

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Understanding Trauma

March 15, 2017


In the past 10 years, our collective knowledge of how our brains work and the effects of trauma on our brains has increased tenfold. We are living in a time when this knowledge and what it means for serving people in systems like education, criminal justice, and child welfare is still unfolding. The ACES Study […]

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Our First Blog Post!

January 13, 2017

sauer family foundation blog, sauer family anniversary

It feels appropriate to write our first blog post about the Sauer Family Foundation’s 20th Anniversary. The foundation was formed in 1996 and has been an instrument for giving to those in need, bringing family and friends together to volunteer, and convening people who care about those less fortunate to talk about solutions. We celebrated […]

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