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Bottineau Community Endowment Fund

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Design a new logo for our Community Endowment Fund!

The Bottineau Community Endowment Fund needs a logo! We have used a temporary logo for a few years, but this is a permanent foundation that will provide charitable resources to our area forever. Can YOU design a logo to represent our area foundation?

Logo Design Contest Open Feb. 1 - March 15, 2024

  • Can be drawn on paper or designed digitally
  • Does not have to be “polished” - we are just looking for a good concept
  • Should represent our area and include the words “Bottineau Community Endowment Fund”
  • Winner, as determined by the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund Advisory Committee, will be awarded $100 in Bottineau Bucks!


  • Only one submission per person

  • Logo can be hand-drawn on paper or designed digitally.

  • Full-color requested.

  • Submit your entry by March 15, 2024 via email to Jessica Whetter at

  • All submissions become the property of the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund. Winning entry may be modified at the discretion of the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund Advisory Committee.

  • Suggestions:

  • The logo may be used in a variety of ways including print, online, or on merchandise so it needs to look good in small applications as well as large. Logos are usually, although not always, horizontal.

  • The tagline “Supporting Our Community Forever” will sometimes be included below the logo, but should not be included in the design.

  • The logo should be easy to read and something that will represent the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund for years to come. What makes our area unique?


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.

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Advisory Committee

Gigi Artz
Chuck Neubauer
Jessica Whetter
Tracey Awalt
Faith Bartsch


Kara Geiger
Development Director, NDCF

Ways to Give


Help Today

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. 

Your Legacy

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. 

Annual Reports



Grant Guidelines

  • 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.

Click here for more detailed instructions and tips for using our online grant system.

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.


Brothers Russell and Dale Brown left gifts to the communities of Lisbon and Milnor, ND, in their estate plans.

Getting Started

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

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

Susanne Mattheis wished to support several different charitable organizations in Bismarck after she passed. NDCF helped her craft a plan that accomplished her charitable goals and provided long-term support to the Public Library, Symphony Orchestra, and five other local entities.

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