NDCF News and Reports
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NDCF Announces New Board Members
May 7, 2018 - The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) is pleased to announce the election of Troy Walters of Grenora and Patrick Kelly, D.D.S. of Bowman to three-year terms on the NDCF Board.
Walters is the Superintendent and High School Principal at Grenora Public School. He has served on many local and regional boards including the Rural Education Association Executive Board, the Great Northwest Education Association, the Montana Coaches Association, the North Dakota Coaches Association, and has served as President of the Wil-Mack Special Education Board for Williams and McKenzie counties.
Kelly is a dentist and co-owner of Prairie Dental, Inc. in Bowman, North Dakota, where he has lived for 33 years. He has served on the Southwest Healthcare Services Board of Directors for seven years and the Southwestern District Health Unit board for 17 years.
Stromsodt, Geiger, and Heinen Recertified
April 6, 2018: The North Dakota Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Development Directors Amy Stromsodt, Kara Geiger, and John Heinen have all been recertified by CFRE International as Certified Fund Raising Executives.
Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International, which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a fundraising executive, and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.
“The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,” states Jim Caldarola, CFRE, Past Chair of CFRE International. “As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE credential demonstrates a high level of commitment to themselves, the fundraising profession, and the donors who are served.”
CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. In order to maintain certification status certificants must demonstrate on-going fundraising employment and fundraising results, and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFRE’s know they are getting a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.
NDCF Receives PPREP Grant from the Funders' Network
January 25, 2018 . . . The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) has received a $30,000 grant as part of support from the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency, and Emergency Partnership (PPREP), a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. The grant will support NDCF staff in their work with volunteers in local communities across North Dakota.
“We are grateful that the Funders’ Network has chosen to support our valuable work in North Dakota through this grant,” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of NDCF.
PPREP creates and supports a community foundation disaster preparedness and response learning cohort in a 10-state Midwestern region of the United States. PPREP will award nearly a million dollars in grants to foundations in the cohort in 2018. More information about PPREP is available at www.fundersnetwork.org/participate/pprep.
NDCF supports communities across the state, providing grant dollars for projects and programs that improve the quality of life for North Dakota residents. Many of the grants improve and update emergency response services including rural fire departments, local clinics and hospitals, and ambulance services, which fits in with PPREP’s focus of disaster preparedness and response.
NDCF has played a role in recovery efforts for several North Dakota natural disasters, including the 2016 Killdeer area storm, the 2011 flood events in Minot and Bismarck/Mandan, and the 1997 Red River flood disaster.
NDCF Welcomes Ferderer
Nov. 28, 2017— Victoria Ferderer has joined the staff of the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) as their Accountant.
Ferderer works out of the organization’s headquarters in Bismarck. She graduated from Dickinson State University with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and previously worked at Widmer Roel as a Senior Accountant. Ferderer’s main responsibilities are providing efficient, accurate and timely accounting services to the staff and donors/partners of NDCF.
Welcome aboard, Vicky!
NDCF Announces New Community Foundation in Celebration of National Community Foundation Week, Nov 12-18
November 2, 2017 – During the week of November 12-18, 2017, the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) will join more than 780 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For 28 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.
As a part of Community Foundation Week, NDCF is supporting the National Philanthropy Day activities in Fargo on November 16.
NDCF currently administers community endowment funds for 64 community foundations in North Dakota, including the most recent addition in 2017: the Hankinson Community Endowment Fund in southeast North Dakota.
“Community foundations are an investment in the future of your town,” said Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF. “They provide resources for the projects and programs that improve the quality of life for community residents.”
NDCF Awards Over $150,000 in Grants
October 11, 2017 . . . The North Dakota Community Foundation has awarded $150,283 in grants from its Statewide Greatest Needs (Unrestricted) Fund to 36 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 according to the schedule below. NDCF Development Directors Amy Warnke-Stromsodt of Grand Forks, Kara Geiger of Bismarck, and John Heinen of Dickinson will also participate in the presentations, as well as various NDCF board members from across the state.
The NDCF Board of Directors reviewed and discussed 171 grant applications at their meeting in September to make the determination of awards.
NDCF Awards $600,000 in Scholarships
September 6, 2017 - The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) will award over $600,000 in scholarships to over 375 North Dakota students in 2017. The organization currently manages over 120 scholarship funds supported by North Dakotans, former residents and those interested in helping North Dakota students succeed.
“We are pleased to be able to help so many students further their education.” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of NDCF. “The donors that created these scholarship funds believed in investing in our future and we are honored to be able to carry out their wishes.”
NDCF Receives National Accreditation
August 17, 2017 ─ The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. NDCF was the first community foundation in North Dakota to be accredited when the standards were first implemented and has maintained its accreditation continuously since 2006.
“Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Randy Royster, Chair of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “This accreditation is a significant accomplishment that indicates NDCF demonstrates a commitment to transparency, quality, integrity and accountability as it carries out its mission.”
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 500 community foundations already accredited nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.
Sig Jagielski Leaves Gift to Grafton Community
July 12, 2017 . . . The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) has announced a gift from the Sig Jagielski Trust to benefit the Grafton Community Endowment Fund. Per Jagielski's instructions, NDCF has received the remaining cash in the Trust, totaling over $3,000, and a quarter-section of land north of Grafton.
"Sig has left an incredible gift to this area," said Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF. "He not only took care of his family, he left a legacy for his community. It is our honor to carry out his wishes and ensure that his gift will benefit Grafton and the surrounding area forever."
NDCF Grant Applications Due July 31
June 6, 2017 – The North Dakota Community Foundation is now accepting applications for grants from its Statewide Greatest Needs Fund. Eligible organizations in the state include those designated by the IRS Code as 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt groups, government agencies, such as a park district or school district, or an organization that has one of the above acting as its fiscal sponsor.
Applications are available online at www.NDCF.net/receive/SWGN and must be postmarked by July 31, 2017. The NDCF Board of Directors will review the applications and make final decisions at their fall meeting. Grants are paid out in late October or November.
The Foundation distributed $168,928 in Statewide Greatest Needs and field of interest grants to 41 organizations across the state in 2016.