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About the Walhalla Area Community Foundation

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The Walhalla Area Community Foundation was established in 2009 by a group of community leaders to build endowment and support projects that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the Walhalla, ND 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 Walhalla 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

Walhalla Mural Project by Walhalla Area Chamber of Commerce illustrates the proud history & culture of the Walhalla area by artist Carol Clark

Susan Karel, Chair
Leona Schneider
Shirley Robillard
Melissa Gapp, Secretary
Allysia Shakofsky


Melissa Gapp
c/o City Hall
PO Box 318
Walhalla, ND 58282


Email Melissa

or contact Amy Stromsodt, NDCF Development Director, at 701-795-1531.

Advisory Committee Application

Walhalla Advisory Committee Application Form

Walhalla Area Chamber of Commerce and Walhalla's 175th Celebration Committee
presented this mural by The Brush Bunch

Annual Reports




The Walhalla Area Community Foundation has awarded over $74,000 in 17 grants since its inception in 2009. Recent grant awards are listed below.

Grants Awarded in 2023

  • Walhalla Police Department - $3,990 new in-car radio system
  • Walhalla Park District - $3,990 for concrete in Riverside Park

Grants Awarded in 2022

  • Gorge Arts & Heritage Council - $1,469 for cement at the back entrance of the Walla Theatre
  • Walhalla Park District - $4,000 for graveling of Riverside Park
  • North Border School District - Walhalla - $2,500 for the Walhalla Playground Fundraiser

Grants Awarded in 2021

  • Gorge Arts & Heritage Council - $3,742.19 Theatre Air Conditioning System
  • Walhalla Community Hospital Association - $3,742.20 Apollo Whirlpool Bathtub Replacement

Grants Awarded in 2020

  • Walhalla Swimming Pool - $7,400 toward purchase of a new boiler system
  • Walhalla Park District - $4,000 Walhalla City Park & Riverside Park tree removal and maintenance

Grants Awarded in 2019

  • Gorge Arts & Heritage Council - $3,600 for a new screen with electrical motor for Walla Theater
  • Walhalla Community Hospital Association - $3,600 Toward replacement of a handicapped accessible van for Pembilier Nursing Center

How to Apply for a Grant from the Walhalla Area Community Foundation

Grant Guidelines:
1.  Makes grants only to those organizations designated as a non-profit, tax exempt organization under IRS Code 501(c)3 or to government agencies.
2.  Makes grants to qualifying organizations in the city of Walhalla

Application Deadline: Process opens July 1 and closes August 31 of each year

How to Apply:

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 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. (PDF)

Other Funds Managed by NDCF in Walhalla

Scholarships for Students from Walhalla

Alice Olson Byron Memorial Music Scholarship The fund was established in 2010 with a gift from the family of Alice Olson Byron and the Alice Olson Memorial Fund, to assist students who have graduated from a Pembina County, ND high school to continue their post-secondary education.

Funds from Walhalla

Beaulieu Cemetery Fund:  Established in 1992 to support the historic Beaulieu Cemetery maintenance

Frances & Emma Fitzsimonds Endowment Fund:  Established in 1992 by Frances and Emma Fitzsimonds to support their favorite charities.

Save Our Screen Fund:  Established in 2012, the purpose of the Save Our Screen Fund is to provide monies for the costs associated with the renovation/upgrade of the historic Theatre in Cavalier. Grants from the fund will be used to update/preserve the historic Cinema Theater in Cavalier, ND.


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

Gifts to the WACF 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 WACF. 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 Walhalla 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 Amy Stromsodt.  She has many years of experience helping donors create their charitable vision and better prepare for their discussions with financial planners. Amy's cell is 701-741-3193 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 Walhalla 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 Walhalla 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