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NDCF Establishes COVID-19 Disaster Response & Recovery Fund

The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) has established the 2020 COVID-19 Disaster Response & Recovery Fund to assist nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and others in North Dakota affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  NDCF's Board of Directors has seeded the fund with $50,000 of their Statewide Greatest Needs Fund 2020 grantable dollars.

Because the COVID-19 virus will likely impact every corner of the state, individuals and businesses that wish to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations or others are encouraged to donate directly to their own local entities - e.g. senior citizens center, soup kitchen, school system, hospital, etc.  If these entities aren't able to accept donations, if the donor wishes to make a larger impact statewide, or if the donor prefers a tax receipt for his/her gift, donations may be made to NDCF's COVID-19 Disaster Response & Recovery Fund. 

Read more . . .

NDCF Hosts 53rd Annual ND Picnic in AZ

March 2, 2020 — The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) hosted the 53rd annual North Dakota Picnic at Red Mountain Park in Mesa, Arizona on Sunday, March 1, 2020.  The event is a gathering of anyone with North Dakota ties living either permanently or part-time in Arizona and drew between 2,500 and 3,000 people.

Attendees were entertained with polka music by Vic Schwahn, magic by Bill Sorenson, and oldies and original music by Bismarck native singer/songwriter Will Dakota.  Numerous vendor booths offered food and items to peruse as well as games and door prizes and there were classic cars on display as well.

"This is probably one of the largest gatherings of North Dakotans outside the state, except for possibly Frisco, Texas, when NDSU makes the playoffs and some UND playoff hockey games," said Christi Stonecipher, Director of Communications at NDCF. "It is wonderful to see old friends recognize each other in the crowd."

Next year's ND Picnic in AZ will be on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 10 am to 2:30 pm at Red Mountain Park in Mesa, AZ.

Friends and former classmates found each other in the crowd.

Bismarck native Will Dakota played oldies and original songs for attendees.

NDCF Celebrates Community Foundation Week

November 8, 2019 ─ The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) will join in a nationwide celebration, November 12-18, to recognize the increasingly important role that community foundations play in fostering collaboration and improving the quality of life for residents in their area.

As a part of Community Foundation Week, NDCF is supporting the National Philanthropy Day activities in Fargo on November 14, to honor philanthropic leaders across the state.

NDCF currently administers community endowment funds for 67 local community foundations in North Dakota, including the most recent additions in 2019:  the Mercer County Community Foundation, the Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock “Uncle T’s” Community Foundation, and the Powers Lake Community Foundation.

“Community foundations connect generous donors with organizations and agencies in their area that need support,” said Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF.  “The grants that community foundations award help improve the quality of life for area residents and provide programs and opportunities that might not otherwise exist in rural America.”    Read more . . . 

NDCF Awards $153,000 in Grants

October 4, 2019 . . . Bismarck, North Dakota . . . The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) has awarded $153,493 in grants from its Statewide Greatest Needs (Unrestricted) Fund to 34 organizations across the state working to improve the quality of life for state residents. 

The grant checks will be delivered over the next several weeks by NDCF Development Directors Amy Stromsodt of Larimore, Kara Geiger of Bismarck, and John Heinen of Dickinson.

“We are thankful to donors of our Statewide Greatest Needs Fund that have made these grants possible,” said Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF.

The NDCF Board of Directors reviewed 181 grant applications to make the determination of awards.

See the full list of grants here.

NDCF Awards $500,000 in Scholarships

September 6, 2019 . . . The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) will award over $500,000 in scholarships to over 330 North Dakota students in 2019.  The organization currently manages over 150 scholarship funds supported by North Dakotans, former residents and those interested in helping North Dakota students succeed.

“Congratulations to these outstanding youth, many of whom are continuing their education right here in North Dakota,” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of NDCF.  “And a special thanks to the donors who created and contributed to these scholarship funds over the years to assist North Dakota students with the costs of higher education. We are honored to carry out your wishes.”

The following list is organized alphabetically by hometown and provides the name of each scholarship recipient, their hometown, the school they will be attending (if known), and the scholarship fund or funds at NDCF from which the money was granted.  In most cases, a local advisory committee recommends the grant recipient.  

Congratulations to the NDCF Class of 2019!    Read more . . . 

ONEOK Gives $100,000 to McKenzie County Flood Relief Fund

June 12, 2019 . . . ONEOK recently contributed $100,000 to the McKenzie County Flood Relief 2019 Fund, a component fund of the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF).  The fund was established in the wake of the devastating flooding to hit McKenzie County this spring.

More than 14,400 acres of land were inundated when the Yellowstone River flooded earlier this spring, damaging 29 homes and displacing 110 residents.  Over 1,400 of the agricultural acres can’t be planted this year and nine of the homes were completely destroyed with another 12 sustaining major damage. 

Read the full news release here . . .

NDCF Elects New Director and Officers

June 6, 2019 - The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) is pleased to announce the election of Chantel Southam of Mohall to a three-year term on the NDCF Board. 

Southam is a CPA/Public Accountant in Mohall.  She has served on and taken leadership positions in many local organizations including Mohall Business Promotions (now the Chamber of Commerce), the Mohall Area Community Foundation, St. James Catholic Mothers, St. James Catholic Church and the local school board. 

Elected to serve one-year terms as Officers of the NDCF Board:  read more here . . . 

NDCF Surpasses $83 Million in Net Assets

May 14, 2019 – Bismarck, North Dakota . . . The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) has announced that it surpassed $83 million in net assets in 2018.  The organization was founded in 1976 to improve the quality of life of North Dakotans through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy. 

NDCF currently manages over 700 charitable funds, including 65 local community foundations in the state and over 150 scholarship funds for North Dakota students.  It has awarded over $72 million in grants since its inception.  The organization has offices in Bismarck, Larimore, and Dickinson, North Dakota.

More detailed information about NDCF’s activities in 2018 can be found in its Annual Report.


Starion Bank Donates $20,000 to Five ND Communities

Attending the check presentation in Rolla, left to right: Chuck Neubauer, Starion Bank market president for Dunseith-Rolla-Bottineau; Scott Larson, Starion Bank; Jim Langseth, Rolla Community Endowment Fund; Craig Larson, Starion Bank CEO and chairman of the board; Hovi Mitchell, Rolla Community Endowment Fund; Barbara Mothershead, Starion Bank business banking officer and Rolla Community Endowment Fund

February 22, 2019 . . .Starion Bank has made a $20,000 donation to five different communities in North Dakota.

The gift will be split among the following community funds:

  • $5,000 to the Oakes Area Community Foundation
  • $5,000 to the Ellendale Area Community Foundation
  • $5,000 to the Rolla Community Endowment Fund
  • $5,000 to the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund, benefitting both Bottineau and Dunseith

These local community funds are managed as permanent component endowment funds of the North Dakota Community Foundation.  Earnings from the funds are given as grants every year for projects and programs that improve the quality of life in the local area.

“We are pleased to provide permanent gifts to these communities,” said Craig Larson, CEO and chairman of the board for Starion Bank. “Throughout Starion’s 50-year history, giving back to the community has been an important part of who we are as a community bank and this is one way to make a lasting impact.”