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About the Tioga Community Foundation

The Tioga Community Foundation was established in 2001 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 Tioga 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 Tioga Community Foundation is managed locally by a group of volunteers whose main activities are building the fund and recommending grants annually. 

Local Advisory Committee

Nancy Carlson (Chair)
Karen Vetsch
Ryan Albrecht
Melissa Johnson


Tioga Community Foundation C/O Farmers Daughter
10 1st St NW
Tioga, ND 58852

Questions: Please email Nancy Carlson 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


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Seeking Engaged Volunteers!

The Tioga Community Foundation is seeking engaged volunteers from Tioga and surrounding communities to serve as Advisory Committee members. Please contact one of the current committee members or John Heinen at the North Dakota Community Foundation if you are interested. The Advisory Committee is responsible for building the endowment fund through various fundraising activities (as determined by the Committee each year) and recommending grants during the annual grant round. Members are supported in their work by the staff of the North Dakota Community Foundation, including an initial orientation and ongoing training and assistance.

Will YOU help make a difference in your community?

The Tioga Community Foundation has awarded over $79,000 in 74 grants since its inception in 2001. Recent grant awards are listed below.

2023 Grant:  Tioga Public School District:  $4,000 for the fortification of existing pitcher's mound in Tioga

2022 Grants:

  • Acro Stars Gymnastics:  $3,000 for their building expansion
  • Pirate Booster Club:  $2,070 for Pirate recognition

2021 Grant: Tioga American Legion $4,700 Baseball Field Improvements

2020 Grant: Tioga Park Board $4,500 Picnic Tables

2019 Grants

  • Families & Teachers for Central $2,000 Playground Beautification
  • Tioga Recreational Council $1,500 Pirate Camps

Applications Open February 1st & Close on April 27th

  • Tioga Community Foundation makes grants only to those organizations designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt group or government agency. Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to non-sectarian activities (for example, food pantry or community daycare). 
  • Applications need to  describe the organization, the project, the approximate project cost and the amount requested from the Foundation. . Deadline may be extended at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 
  • In considering a request, the Advisory Committee will consider:
    • Organization management and integrity
    • Level of local involvement and support
    • The number of people to be served and the impact of the project on the community.
    • The impact of the grant from the Foundation on the success of the project.
    • Low priority will be given for daily operational requests.
    • Prioritizing requests:
      • Committee will look at each project on its merits.
      • No grants outside a 35 mile radius.
      • No grants to individuals.
      • Grants will not be concentrated in a single community except the city of Tioga which will receive higher consideration because of the population as well as being the headquarters for serving other surrounding communities.

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.

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

Gifts to TACF 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 TACF. 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 Tioga 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 Tioga Area County 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 Tioga 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