NDCF News and Reports

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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.

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."