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Strasburg Area Community Foundation

About the Strasburg Area Community Foundation

Your gift will support Strasburg forever!

The Strasburg Area Community Foundation was established in 2014 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 Strasburg 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 Strasburg Area Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

Local Advisory Committee

Al Dosch
Judy Gabriel
Irene Herr


Al Dosch

Kara Geiger
Development Director, NDCF


Annual Reports

December 2022

The Strasburg Area Community Foundation has awarded over $15,000 in 28 grants since its inception in 2014. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Emmons County Ministerial Association - $500 Food Pantry
  • BIO Girls - $300 for the 2022 BIO Girls program in Emmons County
  • Romanus F Wagner Post 6264 VFW - $1,000 for landscaping of VFW Park in Strasburg
  • Strasburg Nursing Home - $900 for an Environmental Services Department Update

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Emmons County Ministerial Association - $500 Food Pantry
  • Emmons County Museum - $500 Records Department
  • Missouri Slope Areawide United Way - $100 Dolly Parton Imagination Library
  • Romanus F Wagner Post 6264 VFW - $500 Accent Lighting on Tank in Memorial Park
  • Strasburg Nursing Home - $500 Outdoor Visitation Seating
  • Strasburg Park District - $500 Welk Park Playground Equipment

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Emmons County Ministerial Association - $1,000 for the Emmons County Food Pantry            
  • Strasburg Fire/Rescue Dept. - $1,500 for Jaws Of Life Rescue Equipment

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Romanus F Wagner Post #6264 VFW - $500 Park Lighting
  • Strasburg Nursing Home - $500 Emergency Generator
  • Strasburg Park Expansion - $500 Rebuild Crows Nest
  • Strasburg Public School - $500 Graphing Calculators

Strasburg Nursing Home is the recipient of several grants from the Strasburg Area Community Foundation over the years.

  • Organizations must be recognized under IRS code 501(c)(3) to qualify for a grant. Any organization with an official relationship to city or state government (school, park district etc.) would also qualify.
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations that serve the Strasburg area (as determined by the local advisory committee).
  • Requests for day-to-day operations shall receive low priority.
  • Grants for multi-year requests (pledges) shall not be made, however an organization may re-apply for a grant each year, provided all previous grant reporting was completed. 
  • Grants to religious organizations will be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
  • No grants shall be made to individuals.
  • Grants shall be awarded annually at the discretion of the Advisory Committee.

Deadline: September 1

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

Gifts to the 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 the SACF. 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 a Strasburg 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 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 Strasburg 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 Strasburg 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