MERCER COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
This foundation was established by a group of residents concerned about the lack of ongoing funding for local organizations. Our Organization 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 those who pay ND income tax, in or out of state, to a 40% ND Tax Credit when making a gift to this qualified fund and after meeting certain size gifts. (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 marketing awareness events. Qualifies as a IRS charitable deduction if no benefit is given in return, but NOT for 40% ND income tax credit.
NDCF as a qualfied IRS non-profit, is the support system for Mercer County Community Foundation (MCCF) bringing comprehensive charitable services to ND. This includes donor gift planning and bequest planning for individuals, company leaders, families, and non-profits, and fiduciary services such as accounting, audit and money management. This allows local volunteer committees to focus on telling their story of their foundation impact using marketing, granting, and growing the fund.
ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Our local committee is the conduit between our foundation and our community. From diverse geography across the county, with our various backgrounds, and professional expertise we serve those wanting to create a Legacy in our community. Our roles include having a working knowledge of community quality of life project needs, promoting our foundations mission and impact in the community, answering questions of 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 email@example.com
Sonya Hansana Secretary
Zach Huber firstname.lastname@example.org
Todd Meier (701)880-5866 or email@example.com
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/friends/classmates.
SECURE ONLINE GIVING: (Click Here) Donations 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 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
ANNUAL REPORT (Coming in 2020)
DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN OPENED
- Grants are given yearly, and will fund the most urgent need of that year to the extent funds are available. The quantity of grants and size will be proportional to the size of the fund.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.