NDCF News and Reports

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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!


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.”

Read more here . . .

NDCF Awards Over $150,000 in Grants

Kevin Dvorak, President & CEO of NDCF, presents a $3,800 grant check to the Killdeer Ambulance crew for CPR manikins on October 10 in Killdeer.

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.

See the Grant Delivery Schedule here.

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.”

Read the full news release here . . .

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.

Read the full news release here.

Sig Jagielski Leaves Gift to Grafton Community

Grafton Community Endowment Fund Advisory Committee members officially accept the land from the Sig Jagielski Trust from trustee Dave Peterson. Pictures l to r: Dawn Keeley, Amy Vollrath, Bob Meyer, Russell Carignan, Dave Peterson, and Trina Papenfuss.

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."

Read the full news release here.



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. 

NDCF Announces New Board Members

May 23, 2017 - The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) is pleased to announce the election of Chris Griffin of Grand Forks, Vicki Kuntz of Bismarck, Breanne Carlson of Lisbon, Bruce Dolezal of Dickinson, and Justin Forde of Argusville to three-year terms on the NDCF Board. 

Griffin is a Trust Officer for Bremer Trust in Grand Forks.  Prior to that he was a practicing attorney for six years.  He is a Past President and Board Member of the Grand Forks Noon Rotary and Valley Community Health Center and is currently a Board member of Grand Forks Community Service.

Kuntz is an Insurance Risk Manager for MDU Resources Group, Inc. in Bismarck, North Dakota.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Safety Council and ND Workforce Safety and on the Missouri Slope United Way Board of Trustees.  She is also the public member of the ND Board of Podiatry.

Read more . . .

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.