You Take the Lead: Donor-Advised and Field of Interest Funds

A Donor-Advised Fund at NDCF gives individuals, families and corporations great flexibility in their charitable giving, with minimal cost. A donor-advised funds allows you to participate in the funding process by determining which nonprofit organization should receive grants from your fund and in what amounts. This type of fund provides convenience and flexibility by allowing you to support various charitable organizations over time. For some, this is an attractive alternative to a private foundation.

A Field-of-Interest Fund at NDCF works in a similar manner except that the donor does not determine which organizations receives the grants.  Instead, the donor provides guidance to NDCF regarding which charitable areas he/she wishes to support (for example, the arts and youth programs) and lets NDCF review applications and make grant decisions based on that general direction.

NDCF makes it easy to be philanthropic - our staff handles all the paperwork, including an annual audit and filing the appropriate tax forms.  You can make gifts into your donor-advised or field-of-interest fund at any time and choose when to give out the grants.  In addition, gifts to your donor-advised or field-of-interest fund may be eligible for North Dakota's generous 40% State Tax Credit. 

We can have a Fund set up in a matter of minutes - it's a simple, personalized process. To learn more, review the detailed information below, contact NDCF at 701-222-8349, or email us at

Creating the Fund It is very easy to establish a fund with NDCF and takes only a few minutes.  Because NDCF already has 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, your gifts to the fund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of state and federal law.

Building the Fund Once in place, you can make gifts of any size, at any time to your Donor-Advised or Field-of-Interest Fund. You can choose the amount of your gift, the type of gift and the timing of any gift to maximize your convenience and tax benefits. NDCF is structured to accept many different types of gifts including gifts of cash, publicly traded or closely held securities, insurance, IRAs, interests in Remainder or Lead Trusts, real property, etc.

Using the Fund The money in your Donor-Advised Fund stays in the fund until you request that a grant be distributed. (Field-of-Interest Funds give out grants once a year.) You can ask that grants be made from the Fund at any time in accordance with NDCF's granting policy (usually 4 or 5% of the fund's average balance from the last 12 quarters).  NDCF's Board of Directors has final approval on all grants to ensure compliance with federal regulations governing charitable organizations. Grants can go to support many different kinds of charitable organizations in North Dakota, whether you wish to support the arts, youth programs, healthcare in your hometown, your alma mater, or your church.  Some examples of grant recipients from other NDCF donor-advised funds include:

  • Cavalier County Emergency Food Pantry
  • Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch Foundation
  • Bismarck/Mandan Symphony Orchestra
  • The Salvation Army
  • Rugby High School
  • St. Aloisius Medical Center
  • Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery

You will receive an annual statement from NDCF that details gifts to your fund, its net endowed assets, and any grants you made the previous year. 

For additional details about establishing a donor-advised or field-of-interest fund at NDCF, call us at 701-222-8349.