Skip to main content

Give to Endowment, one of the Projects


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 Powers Lake Area.  Our fund 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 who provides all audit, accounting, investment, and gift processing so we can focus on telling our story of community impact as we grow the fund. 

PARTNERSHIP of multiple funds: Committee work is supported through SERVICE PROJECT FUNDS and a GENERAL PURPOSE COMMUNITY ENDOWMENT which provides revenue to any service organiations of the 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 for indicviduals or couples who give over $5,000 and Corporations of any amount. Annual revenue is given as grants to priority projects through a competative application process.  As the fund grows it will be able to fund even larger needs of the community. 

NON-ENDOWMENT PROJECT FUND: Entire gift used for immediate needs of that entity while the endowment fund is growing. Exsisting project funds so far are Ambulance: Dennis Dosch, Fire: Mark Douts, Historical: Sonya Tinjum, Public School: John Gruenberg, Watershed project" Kenny McDonald, Pre-School: Jessica Bullinger. All gifts qualify as a IRS Federal charitable deduction, but NOT for 40% ND income tax credit. 

LOCAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Our local committee is the conduit between our foundation and our community. Committee members are also part of key service organizations of 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. We work together as a community to expand and grow the effectiveness of the services that make our community a great place to live. 

Kevin Carlson (Chairman)
Jennifer Titus (Treasurer)
Kari Enget (Vice-Chair)
Mark Douts
Dennis Dosch
Elda Titus
Jessica Bullinger

QUESTIONS: Please email Kevin Carlson 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

PO Box 198
Powers Lake, ND 58773

Please put the name of the fund in the memo line of the check.

SECURE ONLINE GIVING: (Click Here) Donations can be one time, recurring and you can choose more than one fund in the same page. These can be changed at anytime. 


Power Point About PLCF and NDCF










APPLICATION OPENS JUNE1st ends September 30th

Since the Powers Lake Community Foundation Endowment's inception in 2019, 3 grants totaling over $1,400 have been awarded.

Grants Awarded in 2023

  • Powers Lake Park Board:  $630 to update the tennis/basketball court
  • Lakeside Retirement Corporation:  $630 for repairs on the building
  • Powers Lake Food Pantry:  $630 for general support

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Powers Lake Recreation Commission:  $844 for a batting cage
  • Lil Ranchers CCC:  $250 for a block upgrade

Grant Awarded 2021: City of Powers Lake - $350 Food Pantry Holiday Baskets

Applications Open May 1st & Close on September 29th




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. 

POWERS LAKE 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.

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 part, 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 POWERS LAKE.

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.

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 Powers Lake Community Foundation (PLCF) continue to support important projects and programs in our area forever.

Gifts to PLCF 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 PLCF. 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 Powers Lake 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 Powers Lake 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 Powers Lake 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