NDCF News and Reports

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NDCF Announces New Community Foundation in Celebration of National Community Foundation Week, Nov 12-18

November 7, 2018 – During the week of November 12-18, 2018, the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) will join more than 795 community foundations across America celebrating Community Foundation Week. For 29 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 17, to honor philanthropic leaders across the state.

NDCF currently administers community endowment funds for 65 local community foundations in North Dakota, including the most recent addition in 2018:  the Hatton Area Community Foundation in eastern North Dakota.

“Community foundations provide a stable charitable resource for worthwhile programs and projects in your community,” said Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF.  “They support important pillars of a town – the school system, parks, healthcare system, senior services, and the arts in order to improve the quality of life for area residents.”

Read more here . . .

NDCF Awards $149,174 in Grants

Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF, presents a $3,200 grant check to members of the Pick City Park Project committee on October 11, 2018.

October 11, 2018 . . . The North Dakota Community Foundation has awarded $149,174 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 delivered the grant checks across the state over several weeks in October.  NDCF Development Directors Amy Stromsodt of Larimore, Kara Geiger of Bismarck, and John Heinen of Dickinson also participated in the presentations, as well as various NDCF board members from across the state.

The NDCF Board of Directors reviewed and discussed 137 grant applications at their meeting in September to make the determination of awards.

See the Grant Delivery Schedule here.

NDCF Awards $500,000 in Scholarships

September 21, 2018 - The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) will award over $500,000 in scholarships to over 350 North Dakota students in 2018.  The organization currently manages over 150 scholarship funds supported by North Dakotans, former residents and those interested in helping North Dakota students succeed.

“We are honored to award these scholarships to such deserving youth.” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of NDCF.  “And we are thankful to our donors who have created these funds to further the education of North Dakota students.”

Read the full news release here . . .

NDCF Surpasses $80 Million in Net Assets

May 30, 2018 – Bismarck, North Dakota . . . The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) has announced that it surpassed $80 million in net assets in 2017.  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 650 charitable funds, including 64 local community foundations in the state and over 150 scholarship funds for North Dakota students.  The organization has offices in Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Dickinson, North Dakota.

More detailed information about NDCF’s activities in 2017 can be found in its Annual Report.


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.

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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.

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NDCF Receives PPREP Grant from the Funders' Network

NDCF assisted in recovery efforts after a tornado did damage in McKenzie County in 2014.

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!