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New Rockford Community Foundation

Make a one-time or recurring donation to benefit New Rockford forever!

The New Rockford Community Foundation was established in 2008 to support worthwhile charitable programs in the New Rockford, ND 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.

The New Rockford Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

Local Advisory Committee

Josh Guler, Chair
Laura Hager
Kerri Allmaras
Amy Ellingson
Alyson Myhre
Barbie Granger
Melanie Quinton
Becki Schumacher


Kara Geiger, Development Director

Donations may be mailed to:

New Rockford Area Community Foundation
c/o New Rockford Area Betterment Corporation
PO Box 775
New Rockford, ND 58356

Annual Reports



The New Rockford Community Foundation has awarded over $40,000 in 65 grants since its inception in 2008. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts:  $2,500 to sponsor the summer show of Little Shop of Horrors
  • Women’s Auxiliary Cemetery Association:  $1,300 for a JD Tractor purchase & electrical line burial
  • Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford:  $1,000 for an airway mannequin
  • New Rockford Area Betterment Corporation:  $500 for the Community Summer Street Market and Festivities

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2923 - $1,500 for Building Updates
  • New Rockford Area Betterment Corp - $1,500 for Wonder Lanes Bowling Alley Renovation Project
  • New Rockford Park District - $1,500 Wood Fiber Chips for Surfacing Playgrounds

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts - $1,568 for summer production
  • Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford - $3,000 for COVID-19 relief

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford - $500 Cardiac Ready Community AED
  • Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd - $300 Medical Drug Diversion
  • New Rockford Park District - $1,000 Outdoor Skating Rink Liner
  • City of New Rockford - $1,500 Centennial Park Restoration
  • Women's Auxiliary Cemetery Association - $700 Tree Removal & Update of Cemetery

How to Apply for a Grant from the New Rockford Community Foundation


  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations and/or projects that primarily serve the New Rockford community.
  • Generally, the New Rockford Community Foundation will not provide funding for an organization’s operational expenses.
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
  • The New Rockford Community Foundation will not make grants to individuals or for-profit companies.
  • Multi-year grants will not be funded. Organizations and projects will need to re-apply annually for continued funding consideration.
  • The New Rockford Community Foundation will accept grant applications once a year. Applications are due by April 30 to be eligible for that year’s funding. 

In funding decisions, the Advisory Board will consider:

  • Each project individually on its own merits.
  • The organization’s management, integrity and reputation.
  • Level of local involvement and community support, to include other fundraising efforts.
  • The degree to which the organization can demonstrate successful attempts to leverage monies from other funding sources.
  • The project’s overall impact on the community, including number of residents served.
  • The degree to which the New Rockford Community Foundation grant will affect the success of the project.

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 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 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 New Rockford Community Foundation (NRCF) continue to support important projects and programs in our area forever.

Gifts to the NRCF 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 NRCF. 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 an New Rockford 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 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 New Rockford 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 New Rockford 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