Blythe Brenden

Founder, Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation

Blythe Brenden, a catalytic philanthropist and dedicated community leader, is the founder of the Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to medical research and discovery, education and innovation, integrative health and prevention, women and children and arts education.

Blythe currently serves one the board of directors of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS), Weizmann Institute of Science International Board, The University of Minnesota Foundation, and the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital Philanthropic Board. She is also on the executive board of ACWIS and co-chair of Women for Science. Blythe also is a member of Women Moving Millions.


She has been an active fundraiser and advocate for organizations such as the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Bravewell Collaborative, Public Radio International, YWCA, Artspace and The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. Blythe has chaired capital campaigns for The Cowles Center and Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Institute for Health and Healing.

Blythe’s represents the third generation of her family’s personal investments of time, treasure and talent in worthwhile causes. Her philosophy of giving includes supporting and mentoring a new generation of philanthropists and nonprofit leaders.

The foundation was awarded the Corporate Citizen Award from the University of Masonic Children’s Hospital in 2018. Blythe also was inducted into the Weizmann Institute of Science President’s Circle in 2016. She received the American Red Cross Morton’s Women of Spirit Award in 2007 and was inducted into the Twin Cities Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2005. Blythe graduated from Pepperdine University and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.