NDCF News and Reports

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Our 2016 Annual Report!

April 17, 2016:  The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) has released its 2016 Annual Report "On the Shoulders of Giants".  NDCF surpassed $71 million in total net assets in 2016 and celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

"Our organization's success is because of some incredible people who had a great vision many years ago and others who continued to support that vision throughout our history," said Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO.  "We know that we are standing on the shoulders of giants."

Other highlights from 2016 include:

  • 964 grants were awarded, totaling over $3.4 million.
  • 1,694 gifts were received to various funds at NDCF, totaling over $3.7 million.
  • NDCF had 615 active funds at the end of 2016, supporting communities, charities, and students across the state.

The report will be mailed to NDCF donors and volunteers this week.  Click here to view an electronic version.

Starion Bank Donates $25,000 to ND Communities

Starion Bank present a $5,000 check to members of the Oakes Area Community Foundation. Pictured from left to right: Bill Schmitz (OACF), Nancy Domine (Starion Bank), Rebecca Undem (OACF), Craig Larson (Starion Bank), John Zetocha (OACF board chair), Arnie Strebe (Starion Bank)

February 15, 2017 – Starion Bank has made a $25,000 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
  • $5,000 to the Bottineau Community Endowment Fund, benefitting 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 be able to provide this permanent gift to these communities," said Craig Larson, CEO and chairman of the board for Starion Bank. "Giving back to the community has always been an important part of who we are as a community bank and this is one way to make a lasting impact."

NDCF Announces New Community Foundations

Bismarck, ND – During the week of November 12-18, 2016, the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) will join more than 780 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For more than 25 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

NDCF currently administers community endowment funds for 63 community foundations in North Dakota, including the most recent additions in 2016: the Dickinson Area Community Foundation in western North Dakota and the Wishek Area Community Foundation in south central North Dakota.

“Community foundations are like having a charitable savings account for your area,” said Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF. “Whatever the needs are in your community in any given year, your local community foundation will have resources available to address those needs.”

NDCF Awards Over $168,000 in Statewide Greatest Needs Grants

October 7, 2016 ─ The North Dakota Community Foundation has awarded $168,928 in grants from its Statewide Greatest Needs (Unrestricted) Fund to 41 organizations across the state working to improve the quality of life for state residents. 

Kevin J. Dvorak, President and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation will be delivering the grant checks in the next few weeks.  NDCF Development Directors Amy Warnke of Grand Forks, Kara Geiger of Bismarck and John Heinen of Dickinson will also participate in some of the presentations, as well as various NDCF board members from across the state.

The NDCF Board of Directors reviewed and discussed 142 grant applications at their meeting in September to make the determination of awards.

“It was so interesting and inspiring to see the many great projects and programs going on across our state,” said NDCF Board Member Gigi Artz of Bottineau. “We were pleased to be able to help North Dakotans improve their communities through these grants.”

To see the schedule of grant deliveries, click here.

NDCF Awards $609,000 in Scholarships

September 15, 2016 . . . The North Dakota Community Foundation will award over $609,000 in scholarships to over 370 North Dakota students in 2016.  The organization currently manages over 100 scholarship funds supported by North Dakotans, former residents and those interested in helping North Dakota students succeed.

“There are many students attending college this fall thanks to a scholarship from NDCF.” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation.  “We are thankful to our donors who created and supported these scholarship funds for North Dakota youth.”

For a listing of scholarship award winners, click here.


Our 2015 Annual Report!

June 29, 2016:  The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) has released its 2015 Annual Report.  The report indicates the organization surpassed $68 million in net assets in 2015. 

“Over $64 million of our total net assets are in permanent endowment funds,” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of NDCF.  “Those funds will generate grant dollars to support North Dakota communities, charities, and students forever.”

The report will be mailed to NDCF donors and community leaders in early July.  To view an electronic version of the 2015 Annual Report, click here.



Dvorak Receives NonProfit Leadership Award

Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF, accepts the 2016 Walt Odegaard Leadership Award at the NDANO Conference on June 1.

BISMARCK – Kevin J. Dvorak, president and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation, received the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (NDANO) Walt Odegaard Leadership Award June 1 during the Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Bismarck.

The Walt Odegaard Leadership Award is given to an individual with more than 15 years of leadership experience who has made a difference by strengthening North Dakota and its nonprofit sector through his or her long-term commitment to leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy.

Dvorak has served as president and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) for 21 years. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from an asset base of $5 million to nearly $70 million. He fully embraces the idea that all charitable giving is local, and that, with the right local leadership, any community is capable of supporting a healthy nonprofit sector.

Read more here . . .


NDCF Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

Bismarck, ND - The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 23 with a banquet for its current and former board members, community leaders, and major donors.  The organization is also planning several socials across the state for its hundreds of volunteers.  The events are sponsored by the organization’s investment advisors. NDCF now manages approximately $70 million in charitable resources for communities, charities and citizens across North Dakota.

“Our mission is to improve the quality of life for North Dakota’s citizens through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy,” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of NDCF since 1995.  “We accomplish that mission primarily through the management of charitable endowment funds on behalf of communities and charities all across the state of North Dakota.”

Since its inception, NDCF has awarded over 26,500 grants totaling more than $62 million for projects and programs all across the state.

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Current and former members of the NDCF Board of Directors gathered for a photo during the 40th anniversary banquet on April 23. Front row: Tim Ottmar (Jamestown), Doug Prchal (Bismarck), Nancy Johnson (Fargo), Sheile Palczewski (Bowman), Judy Estenson (Warwick), Michael Killoran (Casselton), Georgia "Gigi" Artz (Bottineau), Scott Swenson (Watford City), Spencer Larson (Linton). Back Row: Joanne Ottmar (Jamestown), Tara Holt (Bismarck), David White Thunder Trottier (Bottineau), Patsy Thompson (Bismarck), Christie Obenauer (Hazen), Kevin Dvorak (NDCF President & CEO), Dawn Keeley (Grafton), Linda Steve (Dickinson), Rita Staloch (Minnewaukan), Frank Keogh (Williston), Jim Weiser (Linton), Lowell Overbo (Ashley).