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About the Stanley Area Community Foundation

The Stanley Area Community Foundation was established in 2008 by a group of residents concerned about the lack of funding for local organizations. It provides a method of receiving donations and distributing grants to benefit projects or nonprofit organizations in the Stanley 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 Stanley  Area Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

HELPING US BUILD THE FUND: In order for the fund to have a bigger impact in the community, we invite those in the region to make some sort of a gift. Please refer to the "other information" tab for a report and brochure to find out more. Or please call one of us on the committee. We would be happy to answer any questions.

Local Advisory Committee

Wayne E. Johnson
Dan Lindberg
Abbey Ruland
Ashley Skarsgard
Mark Longmuir
Melissa Bristol

Ambassadors: Past committee members who have been vital in establishing and growing the foundation for the community.

Doug Kinnoin
Grace Lystad
Daniel Lindberg
Ray Schepp
Don Longmuir


Stanley Area Community Foundation

C/O Jenny Gaaskjolen
PO Box 251
Stanley, ND 58784

Questions: Please email Ashley Skarsgard at or the Community Foundation general inbox by clicking HERE

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

Please find attached various materials which you can download for your own or to pass along to a family member or friend. Help get the word out about the fund, helps the fund grow and serve the community in a bigger way. Any questions please refer to the contact page to contact a committee member. Thank you!











Please click on the links below to view a copy of articles regarding the foundation.

Granting News in 2016 (Click here)

Making 1M Newspaper Article (click here)

2013 grant recpients

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

Grants Awarded in 2023

  • Blue Jay Boosters - $15,000 
  • Stanley Community Schools - Family Consumer Science: $2,450
  • Stanley Community Schools - FBLA:  $1,600 for FBLA - The Little Lemon

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Van Hook Association:  $30,000 for a Van Hook picnic shelter and multi-purpose building
  • Stanley Wrestling Club:  $23,000 for a wrestling mat
  • Blue Jay Boosters - $15,000 Will Athletic Complex Track Equipment/Track
  • Stanley Parks & Recreation - $10,000 Stanley Outdoor Pool and Splash Pad project
  • Stanley High School FFA - $1,494 for a Calf Simulator

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Mountrail County Aquatic Foundation - $8,500 Metasys User Interface Upgrade
  • Stanley Parks & Recreation - $45,000 Ray Rude Outdoor Pool/Splash Pad Renovation
  • Blue Jay Boosters - $15,000 Will Athletic Complex

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Mountrail County Medical Center - $10,300 Chemotherapy & Infusion Treatment Room
  • Prairie Rose Golf Course - $18,606 Club House Project
  • Stanley Area Cares for Kids - $1,500 Program Support
  • Stanley Community Public Schools - $7,000 Playground
  • Stanley Parks & Recreation - $5,000 Ray Rude Pool Renovation
  • Stanley Wrestling Club - $3,575 Youth Gear
  • Stanley Parks & Recreation - $15,000 Blue Jay Boosters

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Domestic Violence Program - $915 Prevention & Awareness
  • Mountrail Community Food Pantry - $2,545 New Shelves
  • Mountrail County Health Foundation - $7,000 Dare to Define YOU Youth Leadership Program
  • Stanley Community Schools - $35,000 Will Athletic Complex Renovation
  • Stanley High School FFA - $6,500 Virtual Welder
  • The Sibyl Center for Life Enrichment - $1,000 Children's Art Experiences
  • Van Hook Association - $5,000 Pickleball Court

Applications Open May 1st & Close on September 29th

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 and tips for using our online grant system.

  • Grants shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS Code as 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt groups, or government agencies. 
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations within Stanley and surrounding communities, as determined by the Advisory Committee. 
  • Grants to religious organizations will be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community. 
  • Applications shall be due September 25 of each year. The deadline may be extended at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 

Funding Priorities 
High Priority

  • Projects or programs that benefit a greater number of residents 
  • Requests that demonstrate applicant will seek or has secured other funding sources 

Low Priority 

  • Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses 
  • Requests for multiple-year funding 


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

Gifts to SACF 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 SACF. 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 an Stanley 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 Stanley 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 Stanley 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