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NDCF Awards Over $168,000 in Statewide Greatest Needs Grants

October 7, 2016 ─ The North Dakota Community Foundation has awarded $168,928 in grants from its Statewide Greatest Needs (Unrestricted) Fund to 41 organizations across the state working to improve the quality of life for state residents. 

Kevin J. Dvorak, President and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation will be delivering the grant checks in the next few weeks.  NDCF Development Directors Amy Warnke of Grand Forks, Kara Geiger of Bismarck and John Heinen of Dickinson will also participate in some of the presentations, as well as various NDCF board members from across the state.

The NDCF Board of Directors reviewed and discussed 142 grant applications at their meeting in September to make the determination of awards.

“It was so interesting and inspiring to see the many great projects and programs going on across our state,” said NDCF Board Member Gigi Artz of Bottineau. “We were pleased to be able to help North Dakotans improve their communities through these grants.”

To see the schedule of grant deliveries, click here.

NDCF Awards $609,000 in Scholarships

September 15, 2016 . . . The North Dakota Community Foundation will award over $609,000 in scholarships to over 370 North Dakota students in 2016.  The organization currently manages over 100 scholarship funds supported by North Dakotans, former residents and those interested in helping North Dakota students succeed.

“There are many students attending college this fall thanks to a scholarship from NDCF.” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation.  “We are thankful to our donors who created and supported these scholarship funds for North Dakota youth.”

For a listing of scholarship award winners, click here.


Our 2015 Annual Report!

June 29, 2016:  The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) has released its 2015 Annual Report.  The report indicates the organization surpassed $68 million in net assets in 2015. 

“Over $64 million of our total net assets are in permanent endowment funds,” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of NDCF.  “Those funds will generate grant dollars to support North Dakota communities, charities, and students forever.”

The report will be mailed to NDCF donors and community leaders in early July.  To view an electronic version of the 2015 Annual Report, click here.



Dvorak Receives NonProfit Leadership Award

Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF, accepts the 2016 Walt Odegaard Leadership Award at the NDANO Conference on June 1.

BISMARCK – Kevin J. Dvorak, president and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation, received the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (NDANO) Walt Odegaard Leadership Award June 1 during the Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Bismarck.

The Walt Odegaard Leadership Award is given to an individual with more than 15 years of leadership experience who has made a difference by strengthening North Dakota and its nonprofit sector through his or her long-term commitment to leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy.

Dvorak has served as president and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) for 21 years. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from an asset base of $5 million to nearly $70 million. He fully embraces the idea that all charitable giving is local, and that, with the right local leadership, any community is capable of supporting a healthy nonprofit sector.

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NDCF Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Bismarck, ND - The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 23 with a banquet for its current and former board members, community leaders, and major donors.  The organization is also planning several socials across the state for its hundreds of volunteers.  The events are sponsored by the organization’s investment advisors. NDCF now manages approximately $70 million in charitable resources for communities, charities and citizens across North Dakota.

“Our mission is to improve the quality of life for North Dakota’s citizens through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy,” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of NDCF since 1995.  “We accomplish that mission primarily through the management of charitable endowment funds on behalf of communities and charities all across the state of North Dakota.”

Since its inception, NDCF has awarded over 26,500 grants totaling more than $62 million for projects and programs all across the state.

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Current and former members of the NDCF Board of Directors gathered for a photo during the 40th anniversary banquet on April 23. Front row: Tim Ottmar (Jamestown), Doug Prchal (Bismarck), Nancy Johnson (Fargo), Sheile Palczewski (Bowman), Judy Estenson (Warwick), Michael Killoran (Casselton), Georgia "Gigi" Artz (Bottineau), Scott Swenson (Watford City), Spencer Larson (Linton). Back Row: Joanne Ottmar (Jamestown), Tara Holt (Bismarck), David White Thunder Trottier (Bottineau), Patsy Thompson (Bismarck), Christie Obenauer (Hazen), Kevin Dvorak (NDCF President & CEO), Dawn Keeley (Grafton), Linda Steve (Dickinson), Rita Staloch (Minnewaukan), Frank Keogh (Williston), Jim Weiser (Linton), Lowell Overbo (Ashley).

NDCF Elects New Directors and Officers

April 26, 2016 - The North Dakota Community Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Bonnie Krause of Hazen, Wayne Hauge of Ray, and Ann Poeschel West of Grafton to three-year terms on the NDCF Board. 

Krause recently retired from her position as CEO/General Manager of West River Telecommunications in Hazen, North Dakota.  She has been very active in her community, serving on a variety of committees and boards including the Women’s Action Resource Center, the Hazen Library Board, the Union State Bank Board of Directors, and the Bison Boosters. 

Hauge is a fourth generation farmer and retired CPA, who has served as a volunteer EMT on the Ray Ambulance Squad for 18 years and as Treasurer for the Ray Community Development Corporation for 28 years.  He was also instrumental in starting the Ray Scholarship Fund in 2015 for graduates of Ray High School.

Poeschel West is a financial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services.  She currently serves on several regional boards including Walsh County Social Services, the Save Our Strand Theatre Foundation, and the Sunset Founders Advisory Council.

Elected to serve one-year terms as Officers of the Board:

  • Chair: Douglass Prchal, Retired Director of ND Parks & Recreation, Bismarck
  • Vice Chair: Scott Swenson, CEO of McKenzie County Bank of Watford City
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Nancy Johnson, Business Owner in Fargo

Joining the Officers on the Executive Committee:

  • Mike Killoran, CFO and Senior Lending Officer of First State Bank of ND, Casselton
  • Tim Ottmar, attorney and partner at Ottmar & Ottmar PC, Jamestown

Christi Stonecipher

NDCF Welcomes Stonecipher and Guss

Christi Stonecipher and Sarah Guss have joined the staff of the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF). 

Stonecipher is the Director of Communications and is based out of NDCF’s Bismarck office.  She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a double major in Marketing and Management and has extensive experience in the communications/marketing field, working as a consultant for a variety of clients over the last 15 years.  She is responsible for the creation and implementation of communication plans that increase awareness of NDCF programs and services and provides marketing support to NDCF’s 61 local community endowment funds.

Sarah Guss

Guss is the Accountant/Administrator for NDCF and works out of the organization’s headquarters in Bismarck.  She graduated from Minot State University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and has several years of experience providing accounting services for a variety of companies.  Guss's main responsibilities are providing efficient, accurate and timely accounting and office management services to the staff and donors/partners of NDCF. 




Starion Financial Gives $15,000 to Five North Dakota Community Foundations

Bismarck, ND – Starion Financial has made a $15,000 donation to five different community foundations in North Dakota.  The gift will be split among the following community funds:

  • $2,500 to the Oakes Area Community Foundation
  • $2,500 to the Ellendale Area Community Foundation
  • $2,500 to the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund
  • $2,500 to the Dunseith Area Community Foundation
  • $5,000 to the Rolla Community Endowment Fund

These local community funds are managed as permanent component endowment funds of the North Dakota Community Foundation.  The principal in the funds is invested and the earnings are given as grants every year for projects and programs that improve the quality of life in the local area.

“Starion’s gift is a long-term investment in these communities that will provide grant dollars for community projects and programs forever,” says Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation.