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About the New Salem Area Community Foundation

Established in 2013 through a generous gift from the former New Salem Credit Union, the New Salem Area Community Foundation is a permanent endowment fund that can support our community for years to come. Earnings from the fund are given as grants to support nonprofit projects or programs in the area that work to improve our community and quality of life. 

The New Salem Area Community Foundation is managed locally by a volunteer group of citizens whose primary activities are building the fund and recommending grants each year.

FUNDING: (make a gift online) Committee work is supported by the fund(s) listed to which donors can give and help us in our mission to serve the community. 

ENDOWMENT: Is the primary fund, and Qualifies for 40% ND Tax Credit. (click on link for requirements) Roughly 4% of funds are put to work in the community used annually as "grants". 

NDCF is the support system for NSCF with over 40 years providing 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 through marketing, granting, and growing the fund. 

Local Advisory Committee

Carrie Cofer (Chair)
Darla Becker
Jeanette Cook
Sherry Doll
Katherine Doll
Lance Gaebe
Charles Holle
Kristie Klausmann
Diane Norton
Marcy Dawson
Margo Kunz
Matthew Grade
Mitchell Grade
Denise Nilsen



New Salem Area Community Foundation (NSCF)
PO BOX 308
New Salem, ND 58563

Questions: Please email Carrie Cofer at or the Community Foundation general inbox at

For anonymous giving, gift planning, or unique asset gifts, please contact John Heinen- NDCF Western ND Regional Director at (701) 590-4614 or

Please feel free to either download any of these files and send to a friend or family member, or simply attach it to an email. This is a great way to share the story of the foundation. Thank you!

Brochure about Foundation

Grants Graph to 2019

Annual reports: 











Recent grant awards of the New Salem Area Community Foundation are listed below.

Grants Awarded Spring 2024 (includes grants from the Grid United Community Investment Program)

  • Missouri Slope Areawide United Way:  $800 for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • New Salem Park District:  $17,804 for a 52' x 100' Community Ice Rink
  • New Salem Saddle Club: $75,000 for Arena Improvements

Grants Awarded in 2023 (includes grants from the Grid United Community Investment Program)

  • Missouri Slope Areawide United Way:  $800 Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • New Salem Park District:  $17,804 52' x 100' Community Ice Rink
  • New Salem Saddle Club:  $71,394.70 Arena Improvements

Grants Awarded in 2023 (includes grants from the Grid United Community Investment Program)

  • New Salem Park District:  $21,040 for the Annette Rud Park Shelter $16,308 for the Annette Rud Park
  • Almont Rural Fire Department:  $19,436 to replace the 1993 fire truck with a new truck
  • City of New Salem:  $18,360 for the Gymnasium Storage Room Addition
  • New Salem Ambulance Service:  $18,000 to establish a new safety door, generator for power outages, community education, and payroll needs
  • New Salem Historical Society:  $14,254 for ceiling repairs in the Christensen House
  • Missouri Slope Areawide United Way:  $800 for Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Downtown Development Corp. of Almont - Community and Fitness Center:  $12,890 for three new commercial insulated exterior entry doors
  • Elm Crest Manor:  $6,195 for an outpatient therapy Nu-Step machine
  • Morton County Fair Association:  $12,615 for an entertainment building sound system
  • New Salem Fire Department:  $28,300 for auto extrication tools

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Almont Rural Fire Dept.:  $25,000 to replace their 1990 fire truck with a new one
  • City of New Salem:  $32,900 for air conditioning in the New Salem City Auditorium

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Almont Rural Fire Dept.:  $20,000 Radios & Pagers
  • Missouri Slope Areawide United Way:  $1,250 Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Morton County Parks:  $1,830 Fish Creek Shelter Repairs
  • New Salem Ambulance Service:  $24,800 Radio Upgrade
  • New Salem Fire Dept.:  $5,024.44 Rescue Bags & Extrication Tools
  • New Salem Almont Schools:  $1,200 Chair Lift

Grant Awarded in 2020

  • New Salem Fire Department:  $26,871 for Communications Equipment

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • American Legion Post 91:  $750 US Flags on Main Street
  • New Salem Morton County Parks:  $1,350 Fish Creek Shelter Repairs
  • New Salem Ambulance Service:  $5,000 Summer Safety
  • New Salem Fire Dept.:  $30,993 Communications Equipment
  • New Salem Park District:  $4,000 Community Movie Night
  • New Salem Park District:  $10,000 Patio & Golf Carts

Apply Now! Fall Deadline: 9/29/24

New Salem, ND . . . The New Salem Community Foundation has announced that it will be holding two grant rounds with significant additional grant dollars available from Grid United’s Community Investment Program (CIP).  Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization, a government agency, or have a fiscal sponsor with one of those designations, and must provide services in Morton County, specifically in New Salem and east into Mandan.

Grid United, an independent transmission company and donor to the region, has given a large gift. The grant dollars will be divided up and paid over 2024, 2025. 

·       Spring $85,000 (NSCF endowment earnings and Grid dollars)

·       Fall Roughly  $45,000

·       Organizations may apply in both rounds.  

Interested applicants should apply online at .  The local advisory committee will discuss the applications and determine grant awards shortly after this date.


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 username (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

Step 4 - Bookmark the address so when returning you can easily access. Or access with button above. 

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


  • Grants shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt groups, or government agencies or those with a qualified fiscal sponsor. Contact the local committee or for options of sponsors.
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations in the New Salem area.
  • Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-sectarian and serve the entire community.
  • Application forms will be available online at
  • 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 grants or scholarships for individuals will NOT be considered.
  • Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses will receive a lower priority.
  • Requests for projects or programs that serve a greater number of community residents will receive higher priority.



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

Gifts to the NSCF 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 NSCF. Doing so provides for your heirs while honoring your charitable values.

Getting Started

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

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 New Salem 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 John Heinen.  He has many years of experience helping donors create their charitable vision and better prepare for their discussions with financial planners. John's cell is 701-590-4614 or you can email him 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 Salem 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 New Salem 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