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School Foundations

School Foundations Overview

The Grenora Public School Foundation used some of its funds to construct teacher housing, which was in short supply in western North Dakota as a result of the oil boom.

School foundations can provide additional resources to cash-strapped school districts.  The additional funding fills in the gaps, providing everything from supplies to playground equipment to musical instruments to teacher housing.  Whatever the kids need, the school foundation can help supply.  Local committees fundraise for their school foundation and determine the best use of the funds.  Donors get a tax deduction for their gift and, in some cases, also receive a state tax credit.

Here is an interview with NDCF President & CEO Kevin J. Dvorak and the Rural Schools Collaborative that explores how NDCF supports our rural ND schools. 

NDCF manages and supports several school foundations across the state (see map and list below).  Some of these are permanent endowment funds for their school and some are non-endowment funds for more immediate projects.

To start a school foundation fund for your own school district, contact NDCF at 701-222-8349.

Alexander Public School Foundation Fund
Beach Public School Alumni Non-Endowment Fund
Carrington Public School Fund
Divide County Public School Foundation
Elgin Crow's Breast Jr. (Fast Horse) Memorial Fund I
Ellendale Public Schools Foundation Fund
Fessenden-Bowden Public School Foundation
Grenora Public School Foundation Fund
Hillsboro Public School - Capital Projects Fund
Kenmare Public School Fund Non-Endowment
Kulm Public School Foundation
Lidgerwood Public School Foundation
Lisbon Public Schools Endowment Fund
Litchville-Marion School Project Fund
McKenzie County Public School Foundation Funds
New Rockford-Sheyenne Public School Non-Endowment Fund
New Salem-Almont Public School Non-Endowment Project Fund
Northern Cass Education Foundation
Nueta Hidatsa, Sahnish College Funds
Oakes Public School Endowment Fund
Our Redeemer School Endowment Fund
Park River Area Education Foundation
Parshall Public School Foundation Non-Endowment Fund
Powers Lake Public School Foundation
Ray-Nesson Public School Endowment
Richardton-Taylor Public School Endowment
Rugby Public School Foundation Non-Endowment Fund
Sawyer Public School District Fund
Stanley Community Schools Foundation
Underwood, ND School Foundation Endowment Fund
Wahpeton Alumni Foundation
Watford City High School Alumni Foundation
Will Athletic Complex Renovation
Williams County School District #8 Foundation Fund
Wilton School Building Project Fund
Wyndmere School Foundation