Bottineau Community Endowment Fund
The Bottineau Community Endowment Fund was established in 2012 with a gift from Starion Bank to support charitable work in the Bottineau area. It provides a method of receiving donations and distributing grants to benefit projects or nonprofit organizations in this area. The Foundation is affiliated with the North Dakota Community Foundation, which is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)(3) and North Dakota Law.
We work with the Bottineau Area Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, to support the changing needs of the communities in the Bottineau area and throughout Bottineau County, and to help donors who want to ensure a vibrant community for many, many years to come.
Development Director, NDCF
Ways to Give
You can give by cash, check, stock, partial gift of insurance, real-estate, collections, equipment, or even ag commodities. Please contact NDCF directly if you wish to donate stock or property so that we may guide you (or your financial advisor) through the process.
Individuals who give at least $5,000 and businesses that give any amount may take a 40% income tax credit for gifts to the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund. Restrictions apply, so please visit our tax credit page to learn more.
Set up a gift in your estate plans. Make a specific, percentage, or residual designation in your will/trust or as a partial beneficiary of a retirement fund or insurance to create a simple legacy gift.
Regardless of the type of gift, requests for anonymity will always be honored. Please contact NDCF directly if you would like to make an anonymous gift.
Organizations must be recognized under IRS code 501(c)(3) to qualify for a grant. Any organization with an official relationship to city or state government (school, park district etc.) would also qualify.
Grants shall be awarded to organizations in Bottineau County.
Grants to religious organizations will be limited to those activities which serve the entire community (e.g. food pantry). Grants shall not support inherently religious activities, even if they are “non-denominational.”
No grants shall be made to individuals.
Grants shall be awarded annually at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.
Priorities and additional information
Requests for day-to-day operations shall receive a low priority. Your request should be for a specific project or program.
Requests for multi-year grants are not accepted; however, an organization may re-apply for a grant each year, provided all previous grant reporting was completed.
Requests for projects that benefit a wide area or a significant portion of the community typically receive higher priority.
Requests may be for the entire cost or a portion of a project/program.
Application deadline is April 1.
How to Apply
Step 1 - Review
Review the grant guidelines above to make sure your organization qualifies.
Step 2 - Register
Create an account on our Grants Portal. You will need your organization’s name, EIN, and executive officer's name. Be sure to write down your user name (email address) and password.
Step 3 – Complete Your Application
After registering or logging in, you will arrive at the application section. Click “Apply” to the right of the grant program to which you wish to apply. If you do not see your desired grant program on the list, contact our office. You will be able to save your application and return later to complete it.
Plan Your Legacy
Making a lasting difference in our community or for future generations may be easier than you realize. With very simple language in your will or trust, you can help the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund (BCEF) continue to support important projects and programs in our area forever.
Gifts to BCEF are carefully invested by our partner foundation - the North Dakota Community Foundation - to generate a permanent source of charitable income.
If you have children or other relatives, you can leave a portion of your estate to them and a percentage to BCEF. Doing so provides for your heirs while honoring your charitable values.
1. Download our free Estate Planning Guide - it contains helpful information and things to consider as you develop your own unique plan.
2. Reach out to a Bottineau Community Endowment Fund committee member to learn more about the charities and needs in our area.
3. Consider discussing (confidentially) your vision with our NDCF gift planner Kara Geiger. She has many years of experience helping donors create their charitable vision and better prepare for their discussions with financial planners. You can reach Kara at 701-222-8349 or you can email her at Kara@NDCF.net.
4. Contact your professional advisors (financial planner, attorney and/or accountant) and ask for help in establishing a charitable gift to our foundation.
5. Make sure your will or living trust is up-to-date and reflects your charitable goals.
6. Consider notifying the charitable organizations about the gift you plan to leave them. They will appreciate your generosity and will want to know what you’d like them to do with your eventual gift if it isn't clear.
Language for Your Will or Living Trust
If you would like to include the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund in your will, here is some sample language to consider:
“I give and bequeath to the North Dakota Community Foundation (Tax ID Number 45-0336015), a qualified charitable organization under IRS 501(c)(3), located in Bismarck, North Dakota, ___________ (a percentage of the estate, specific dollar amount, or remainder of estate) for the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund, a permanent component of the North Dakota Community Foundation.”
* Be sure to contact your legal advisor.
There are many other ways to make a deferred gift to your community, including
- Making NDCF (and your specific community fund) the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, IRA, 401K, or commercial annuity
- Establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity with NDCF
- Other more sophisticated tools, depending on your unique situation
To investigate options and learn more about how other North Dakotans have given back, visit our planned giving website at www.NDCF.net/Plan.