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Our founder Ann Bancroft is one of the world's preeminent polar explorers and an internationally recognized leader who is dedicated to inspiring women and girls around the world to unleash the power of their dreams... in other words, Ann is a trailblazer. See the woman above crossing the snow and ice? Yeah, that's Ann!

Our ABF grant alumnae are the young women currently making tracks through this 'wild country' we call the 21st century. Through their grant activity, they have all made strides in pushing themselves to reach their full potential. Which, in our minds, means they are ABF Trailblazers.

Since 1997, ABF has funded over $2 million to 5,200 Minnesota girls in grades K-12. The grants are investments that have an immediate and lasting impact and are about more than giving girls money. For many, it is the first time someone believed in them, heard their dream, and took a stand for them. Each ABF grant opens the window to a world of possibilities, providing a young Minnesota girl an opportunity she may never have thought existed.


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