Mercer County Community Foundation

MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This foundation was established by a group of residents concerned about the lack of ongoing funding for local organizations. It provides a method of receiving donations and distributing grants to benefit critical annual projects in the Mercer County Area.  The MCCF is a component fund of the North Dakota Community Foundation, which is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under IRS code 501(c)(3) and North Dakota Law.

TWO FUNDS: Committee work is supported by two fund to which donors can give and help in the mission of serving our community.  

ENDOWMENT: Is the primary fund, and qualifies a donor in and out of state who pay ND income tax, to a 40% ND Tax Credit after meeting certain critera. . (click on link for requirements). Roughly 4% of funds are put to work in the community annually as "grants". 

NON-ENDOWMENT PROJECT Fund: Used for immediate granting, and for launching and marketing awarness events. Qualifies as a IRS charitable gift if no benefit is given in return, but NOT for 40% ND income tax credit.

NDCF is the support system for Mercer County Community Foundation (MCCF) bringing comprehensive charitable services to ND. This includes donor gift planning, bequest planning, and fiduciary services such as accounting, audit and money management to and for individuals, company leaders, families, and non-profits. This allows local volunteer committees to focus on telling their story of their foundation impact through marketing, granting, and growing the fund. 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Our local committee is the conduit to our community. From diverse geogrphy across the county,  with our various backgrounds, and professional expertice. Our roles Include having a working knowledge of community quaility of life project needs, promoting our foundations mission and impact in the community, answering questions from donors of if,when, and how of make a gift. This benefits community social groups, non-profits, donors.  All in the spirit of building and sustaining a livable community! 

Our Commitee members are: 

Christie Obenauer (Interim Chair)(701)870-1409 or christieo@usbhazen.com
Joe Barbot
Julie Graner
Zach Huber zhuber@microsoft.com
Kathy Kelsch
Dena Kemmet
Bonnie Krause
Todd Meier (701)880-5866 or todd.lignitetire@gmailcom
Kenneth Miller Jolene Muscha

 

MAILING ADDRESS: Mercer CCF C/O Union State Bank PO Box 468 Hazen, ND 58545 OTHER INFORMATION tab will give you brochures, reports when available you can use or share with family/firends/classmates.

SECURE ONLINE GIVING: (Click Here) Donation can be one time, reoccuring and you can choose more than one fund in the same page. 

GENERAL QUESTIONS about NDCF services or Anonomous giving contact John Heinen, CFRE: NDCF Western ND Director of Development (701) 590-4614 john@ndcf.net

DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN OPENED

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GRANT CRITERIA:

Grants are given yearly, and will fund the most urgent need of that year to the extent funds are available.

MERCER MCCF is for general needs of the region with equity around the county  as possible. Grants will be awarded to any organizations designated by the IRS as 501(c)3 nonprofit tax exempt groups, or government agencies. Contact the committee at the email below if you need a fiscal sponsor.

The committee places emphasis on helping applicants that have limited access to other funding.

Extensions may be granted and additional grant application deadlines may be added at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.

Approved grant requests may be funded in full or partially, at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.

Requests for projects or programs that serve a greater number of county residents will receive higher priority.

Grants can be made to any entity in the MERCER  COUNTY.

Grant project Ideas: New playgrounds, Planting trees in parks, School tech needs,  Food pantry program, Shelter needs, County projects to improve quality of life, special need in Nursing home or Hospital/Clinic. Ambulance & Fire needs.

LOW PRIORITY:

Grants to national organizations.

Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses.

Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-sectarian and serve the entire community. ie. food pantry

NOT FUNDED:

Requests for grants or scholarships for individuals will NOT be considered.

Multi-year "pledges"

Grants submitted by organizations who seek to influence legislation, carry on propaganda, participate in political campaigns, or which threaten to cause significant controversy or divisiveness.

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USING THE GRANT SYSTEM: 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 Grant 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

REPORTS AND RESOURSE MATERIALS

As materials become available they will be posted here for easy download and emailing to your contacts. Sample materials will be

MARKETING MATERIALS (Coming Soon)

GIFT FORM (Coming Soon)

ANNUAL REPORT (After a year of activity)