What's New at NDCF . . .



Brown Brothers Leave $8 Million Gift to Milnor and Lisbon


The North Dakota Community Foundation has announced gifts from the estates of Russell and Dale Brown totaling approximately $8 million. The Brown brothers’ gifts will be placed in permanent endowment funds which are designated for the benefit of the rural and urban areas of Milnor and Lisbon, North Dakota.  The invested funds will provide grant money every year to benefit the quality of life for the area’s citizens forever.


To learn more about this incredible gift to these communities, click here.


Thank you, Russell and Dale, for creating a legacy that will forever impact residents of this part of North Dakota!



NDCF Accepting Applications for 2015 Statewide Greatest Needs


NDCF Statewide Greatest Needs logoThe North Dakota Community Foundation is now accepting applications for grants from its Statewide Greatest Needs Fund.  Eligible organizations in the state include those designated by the IRS Code as 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt groups, government agencies, such as a park district or school district, or an organization that has one of the above acting as its fiscal sponsor.


Applications are available here and must be postmarked by July 31, 2015.   The NDCF Board of Directors will review the applications and make final decisions at their fall meeting.  Grants are paid out in late November or December.



Amy Warnke and Kara Geiger Recertified


Amy WarnkeCongratulations to NDCF Development Directors Amy Warnke and Kara Geiger - both were recently recertified by Certification of Fund Raising Executives International!


Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations.  They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.Kara Geiger


All of this means that our donors can trust that Amy and Kara not only know what they're talking about, they also conduct themselves with integrity and have a track record of successful work in the nonprofit world.


We at NDCF are happy (and actually kind of proud) to have them on our team! If you have questions about philanthropy and the options that NDCF can offer to make North Dakota a better place, please call Amy (701-795-1531) or Kara (701-222-8349).




NDCF 2014 Annual Report



NDCF 2014 Annual Report


The North Dakota Community Foundation's 2014 Annual Report is complete and available on our website. NDCF reached $61 million in net assets last year, gave out over $2.9 million in grants, and awarded over 350 scholarships to North Dakota youth!


To view a pdf of the report, click here.






Our Mission:  To improve the quality of life for North Dakota’s citizens through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy.


Established in 1976, the North Dakota Community Foundation is a public, non-profit, tax-exempt organization that receives and distributes charitable funds to support a wide range of programs that benefit North Dakotans.  The Foundation currently manages over $50 Million in assets and has made more than $54 Million in grants across the state of North Dakota.

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Giving to the Foundation

Outright gifts, including gifts of appreciated property, stocks, closely held stock, cash and real estate, are accepted by the North Dakota Community Foundation. The Foundation can also work with you in deferred giving. We offer charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trust, charitable lead trusts, bequests and the full gamut of deferred tax-wise gifts. Of course, all gifts to the Foundation are fully tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for the current limits.