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About the Kindred Area Community Foundation

Established in 2005 by a group of residents concerned about the lack of funding for local organizations, the Kindred Area Community Foundation provides a method of receiving funds/donations to benefit projects or non-profit organizations in the geographic area of the Kindred School District, which includes the communities of Davenport, Hickson, Kindred, Leonard, Oxbow and Walcott. The Kindred Area Community Foundation is administered by the North Dakota Community Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)3 and North Dakota state law, in accordance with their investing and grant making policies.

An Advisory Committee of citizens representing the respective communities in the school district shall be responsible for local fundraising and issuing of grants. Every effort shall be made to maintain a healthy cross-section of persons representing the residents across the district. New members shall be elected by the existing board.

The mission statement of the Kindred Area Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life for residents in the Kindred School District through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy.


Local Advisory Committee

MaryJane Nipstad, Chair
Lisa Anderson
Deb Clark
Kim Nesemeier
Sheri Bartels



Kindred Area Community Foundation
PO Box 42
Kindred, ND 58051  or

Email MaryJane

or contact Amy Stromsodt, NDCF Development Director at 701-795-1531.

Annual Reports



Leonard First Responders received a $1,500 grant in 2018 to replace 2 AED devices in the community.

The Kindred Area Community Foundation has awarded almost $68,000 in 77 grants since its inception in 2005. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2023

  • Community of Care - $750 Faith Community Nurse Program in Kindred & Leonard
  • Kindred Area Ambulance Service - $1,000 Remodel
  • Kindred Area Arts Partnership - $750 Artist in Residence
  • Kindred Area Food Pantry - $1,910 
  • Kindred Park Board - $500 Community Picnic Tables
  • Leonard Fire Protection District - $1,650 SCBA Project

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Kindred Area Arts Partnership - $2,897 for their Artist in Residence program: The Film Dudes, which will develop media awareness and film-making skills
  • Friends of Kindred Public Library - $1,000 for Library Building Fundraising letter campaign
  • Kindred Area Ambulance Service - $1,000 for subscription mailing
  • Kindred Park Board - $1,500 for the Donut Ball (mother/son event)

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Davenport Park Board - $1,730 Shelter Picnic Tables
  • Friends of Kindred Public Library - $800 Wi-Fi Replacement
  • Kindred Area Ambulance Service - $800 Uniforms
  • Kindred Area Arts Partnership - $500 Artist in Residence
  • Leonard Fire Protection District - $1,000 Turnout Gear
  • Kindred PTO - $1,000 STEM Equipment

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • BIO Girls, Inc. - $770 to support programming 
  • Kindred Area Ambulance Service - $1,390 to purchase Panasonic Toughbook Computers
  • Kindred Park Board - $950 for an outdoor Community Cinema
  • Leonard First Responders - $1,215 to purchase needed medical supplies
  • Friends of Kindred Public Library - $800 for replacement of the library fireplace
  • Kindred Area Arts Partnership - $500 to support the "Artist in Residence" program

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • BIO Girls, Inc. to support a local chapter in Kindred for Pre-Teen girls - $1,500
  • Kindred Area Arts Partnership for the Native American Artist Series: Kindred Public Schools Artist in Residence - $1,000
  • Kindred High School Booster Club toward a new regional track - $900
  • Kindred Park Board to plant new trees at Progressive Ag Softball Fields - $1,000
  • Kindred Youth Baseball to support Kindred Baseball and ADA renovation project - $900

How to Apply for a Grant from the Kindred Area Community Foundation


  • Makes grants only to those organizations designated as a non-profit, tax exempt organization under IRS Code 501(c)3 or to government agencies.
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations and/or projects within the boundaries of the Kindred School District. An organization must be based within those boundaries to qualify for funding.
  • Low priority will be given to applications requesting funding for day-to-day operations.
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
  • The Kindred Area Community Foundation shall not make grants to individuals.
  • Organizations shall be limited to one request per calendar year.
  • The Kindred Area Community Foundation will accept grant applications once each year. Applications are due by November 1 to be eligible for that grant cycle. Applicants will be notified as soon as practical as to the committee's decisions.

In funding decisions, the Advisory Board will consider:

  • Each project on the merits of the project
  • Organizational management and integrity
  • Level of local involvement and community support, to include fundraising
  • The number of residents served and the overall impact on the community
  • Degree to which the Kindred Area Community Foundation grant will affect the success of the project

Application Deadline: November 1

New for 2019 and Beyond:

We made it easy for you to apply online for a grant!

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. (PDF)

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 Kindred Area Community Foundation (KACF) continue to support important projects and programs in our area forever.

Gifts to the KACF 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 the KACF. 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 Kindred Area Community Foundation committee member to learn more about the charities and needs in our area.

3.  Consider discussing (confidentially) your vision with our NDCF gift planner Amy Stromsodt.  She has many years of experience helping donors create their charitable vision and better prepare for their discussions with financial planners. Amy's cell is 701-741-3193 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 Kindred Area Community Foundation 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 Kindred Area Community Foundation, 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