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Vision West ND Foundation

WHO WE ARE

The Vision West ND Foundation was created to build two primary funding sources to support the activities of the Vision West ND Consortium and the areas it serves. One fund is a project-oriented non-endowed account established so funds can be easily accessed for projects and operations. The other fund is a sustaining endowment established to use the interest this account earns to serve communities over the long term.

WHAT WE DO: Click on the MORE INFORMATION TAB for our Strategic Plan, Brochure or Case Statement

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Vision West ND has historically been supported through a myriad of funding sources – grants, donations, fees for services. However, as we seek to increase our research and educational efforts, we will need additional funds to further support our programs and initiatives, continue to attract the best human talent for our efforts, grow our consortium, and further increase our impact in making western North Dakota one of the best places on earth to live, work and play.

HOW WILL WE USE YOUR SUPPORT TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS

We will use your funds and donations to

  • Sustain communities through direct support to help create local value and quality of place.
  • Provide educational and research-based resources, such as our workplace, housing, and population projections for our region and our Main Street Success project, which provided planning data for downtown development.
  • Maintain the GoLocal! ND project facilitated to help communities understand the importance of local community engagement.
  • Build collaboration between local, state, and national experts to guide us in sustaining our economies during times of economic growth and downturn.
  • Encourage philanthropy and gift planning to empower financial institutions to come on board in our efforts.
  • Provide gap funding to build and deepen the services and businesses that can be provided in the communities.
  • Legacy planning to support those who love their community, have an idea how to benefit it, yet need some tools to help put that idea into place.

Of greatest importance is that any giving to the Vision West ND Foundation is not a replacement of tax-based services. The Foundation will use your funds to fill the gaps that government cannot provide.

 

The Goal: Two Funds

In order to accomplish our current and future goals, we have established two primary funding sources. One is a project-oriented, short-term account and the other is a sustaining endowment account. Our short term goals are two-fold:

PROJECT FUND: Grow our non-endowed project account to 25% of one year’s operating expenses, or $25,000 in the first year.

SUSTAINING FUND-ENDOWMENT: Grow our endowed fund to $100,000 within two years and to $500,000 in the mid-term to be able to serve our communities to the extent that is necessary to make a significant impact on long-term quality of place.  

Funding a gift: Donate Now (Project or Endowment) Online -- General -- Ways to Give -- ND 40% Tax Credit -- IRA Rollover -- Gift Annuities -- PLANNING A GIFT -- POWER OF ENDOWMENT -- Frequently Asked Questions

Foundation Leadership

Foundation Committee Officers:

Chair - Mr. Gontran (Buster) Langowski, Hazen ND Economic Developer

Vice-Chair - Ms. Sarah Tunge, Beulah Chamber of Commerce

Secretary – Ms. Debra Nelson, President DLN Consulting, Inc.

Treasurer – Ms. Melody Mileur, Williams County Communications Director

Foundation Committee Members:

Mr. Daryl Dukart – Rancher and Dunn County Commissioner

Mr. Steven Holen – McKenzie County Public School Superintendent

Ms. Jenny Gaaskjolen – BNC National Bank, Stanley Branch Manager

Mr. John Phillips – Beulah JDA Director

Dr. Thomas Mitzel – Dickinson State University President

Contact Us

CONSORTIUM CHAIR: Donna Scott bdscott@ndsupernet.com

FOUNDATION CHAIR: Chair Buster Langowski hed@westriv.com

Foundation Secretary: Deb Nelson deb@dlnconsulting.com

ADDRESS: C/O DLN consulting 2493 4th Ave West STE G Dickinson, ND 58601

(701) 483-2801 Committee Email (click here)

Vision West ND Web Page: (Click here)

Go Local Web Page: with Launch communities and their foundations (Click here)

ONLINE SECURE DONATION: Type in name of Vision West or Community to benefit in the form

Other questions about NDCF or to make an anonymous gift contact John Heinen NDCF Development Director john@ndcf.net or (701) 590-4614

Grants shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt groups, or government agencies. Groups without such designation seeking to apply may enlist a fiscal sponsor. For more information: john@ndcf.net or 701-590-4614. 
Grants shall be awarded to organizations within the . 
Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community. 
Application forms will be available online at www.NDCF.net/visionwest
Extensions may be granted at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 
Approved grant requests may be funded in full or partially, at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 
Funding Priorities 
High Priority 
Projects or programs that benefit a greater number of residents 
Requests that demonstrate applicant will seek or has secured other funding sources 
Low Priority 
Requests for multiple-year funding 
Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses

TO REVIEW GRANT PROCESS: Click here

TO REVIEW GRANTING RUBRIC: Click here

 

Click here to see a list of all community foundation which serve county or communities around the state and in Western ND.

Posted here are key documents you can download and forward to community leaders, family, and friends to help get the word out and invite participation in the consortium or about Legacy planning.

FOUNDATION CASE DOCUMENT

FOUNDATION BROCHURE: Click here

MAKING A GIFT PLEDGE: Form for download

RURAL FUNDRAISING ARTICLE

Questions? VWNDfoundation@gmail.com or call 701-225-0011

TO MAKE A GIFT TODAY OR to CONFIDENTIALLY DISCUSS LEGACY PLANNING please click on the ABOUT TAB