Vision West ND Foundation

WHO WE ARE

The Vision West ND Foundation was created to build two primary funding sources to support the activities of the Vision West ND Consortium and the areas it serves. One fund is a project-oriented non-endowed account established so funds can be easily accessed for projects and operations. The other fund is a sustaining endowment established to use the interest this account earns to serve communities over the long term.

WHAT WE DO: Click on the MORE INFORMATION TAB for our Strategic Plan, Brochure or Case Statement

 

OUR PARNERSHIP WITH NDCF

Given the extensive experience and back office tools that have been developed over the last 40 years at NDCF, the partnership with Vision West ND is a great addition to the other "services" Vision West ND offers. These services ultimately build up resources for the county and community. The following are some of the ways our partnership can help members, communities and non-profits. No matter your level of understanding or interest, talking through possibilities is the first step. (click here for more info)

ND 40% Income tax credit: Available for those who earn income from ND and make a gift to a "Qualified" endowment. (Click here for details)

For Counties and Communities: Tie into your existing Community Foundation (click here) to see if your community or county has one.

To launch a new fund contact us (click here)

For Business Owners or Corperations: Giving back to the community can take many forms. When you are looking to go beyond the "normal" and wanting to building a lasting "memory" of your business or family name in the community, charitable giving can be a great way. From donating a % of net revenue each year, to setting aside a portion of a sale or transfer of a business, to using gambling proceeds, all can help build long-term value for your community. Ask us for details.

For Individuals & Families: Family names come and go over the years depending on who stays or leave an community. Legacy planning allows a individual or family to honor their present and memorialize their past by establishing a "Living Legacy" by making a "named" gift. We understand this is very personal and offer no obligation Legacy planning. We can help individuals of families talk through their Vision...then work alongside tax or legal planners to solidify the details and ensure all goals are met.

For Schools: Inviting  alumni, parent's of alumni and past teachers and administrators, who many times are not living in the area, allows schools to fund non-budgeted projects, or projects that have reoccurring needs like IT upgrades, and puts dollars to work in the community. We connect you with NDCF resources to help formalize what you currently do, or help you establish the processes and practices, that allow you to attract these gifts for years to come.. Click here for a couple examples.

For Non-Profits: Training of boards, managing a scholarship fund, establishing an endowment, marketing, preparation for a campaign are a few ways we can help you to succeed. Click here for general information.

Financial Professionals: Bankers, Trust Officers, CPA's, Lawyers, Money managers, Financial planners you are the people who can formalize Legacy discussions. Vision West ND and NDCF work closely with many planners already as one of the team members as Legacies are being defined. This process ensures communication between planners, donor over the long-term, and helps support a Legacy that will be truly "Lasting". Click here for a simple planning outline Or if you are a individual preparing for your a visit with your planner..this can be a good resource as well.

WHY THE FOUNDATION

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Vision West ND has historically been supported through a myriad of funding sources – grants, donations, fees for services. However, as we seek to increase our research and educational efforts, we will need additional funds to further support our programs and initiatives, continue to attract the best human talent for our efforts, grow our consortium, and further increase our impact in making western North Dakota one of the best places on earth to live, work and play.

HOW WILL WE USE YOUR SUPPORT TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS

We will use your funds and donations to

Sustain communities through direct support to help create local value and quality of place.

Provide educational and research-based resources, such as our workplace, housing, and population projections for our region and our Main Street Success project, which provided planning data for downtown development.

Maintain the GoLocal! ND project facilitated to help communities understand the importance of local community engagement.

Build collaboration between local, state, and national experts to guide us in sustaining our economies during times of economic growth and downturn.

Encourage philanthropy and gift planning to empower financial institutions to come on board in our efforts.

Provide gap funding to build and deepen the services and businesses that can be provided in the communities.

Legacy planning to support those who love their community, have an idea how to benefit it, yet need some tools to help put that idea into place.

Of greatest importance is that any giving to the Vision West ND Foundation is not a replacement of tax-based services. The Foundation will use your funds to fill the gaps that government cannot provide.

 

THE GOAL- TWO FUNDS

In order to accomplish our current and future goals, we have established two primary funding sources. One is a project-oriented, short-term account and the other is a sustaining endowment account. Our short term goals are two-fold:

PROJECT FUND: Grow our non-endowed project account to 25% of one year’s operating expenses, or $25,000 in the first year.

SUSTAINING FUND-ENDOWMENT: Grow our endowed fund to $100,000 within two years and to $500,000 in the mid-term to be able to serve our communities to the extent that is necessary to make a significant impact on long-term quality of place.  

Funding a gift: Donate Now (Project or Endowment) Online -- General -- Ways to Give -- ND 40% Tax Credit -- IRA Rollover -- Gift Annuities -- PLANNING A GIFT -- POWER OF ENDOWMENT -- Frequently Asked Questions

FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP

Foundation Committee Officers:

Chair - Mr. Gontran (Buster) Langowski, Hazen ND Economic Developer

Vice-Chair - Ms. Sarah Tunge, Beulah Chamber of Commerce

Secretary – Ms. Debra Nelson, President DLN Consulting, Inc.

Treasurer – Ms. Melody Mileur, Williams County Communications Director

Foundation Committee Members:

Mr. Daryl Dukart – Rancher and Dunn County Commissioner

Mr. Steven Holen – McKenzie County Public School Superintendent

Ms. Jenny Gaaskjolen – BNC National Bank, Stanley Branch Manager

Mr. John Phillips – Beulah JDA Director

Dr. Thomas Mitzel – Dickinson State University President

CONTACT US

CONSORTIUM CHAIR: Donna Scott bdscott@ndsupernet.com

FOUNDATION CHAIR: Chair Buster Langowski hed@westriv.com

Foundation Secretary: Deb Nelson deb@dlnconsulting.com

ADDRESS: C/O DLN consulting 2493 4th Ave West STE G Dickinson, ND 58601

(701) 483-2801 Committee Email (click here)

Vision West ND Web Page: (Click here)

Go Local Web Page: with Launch communities and their foundations (Click here)

ONLINE SECURE DONATION: Type in name of Vision West or Community to benefit in the form

Other questions about NDCF or to make an anonymous gift contact John Heinen NDCF Development Director john@ndcf.net or (701) 590-4614

Grants shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt groups, or government agencies. Groups without such designation seeking to apply may enlist a fiscal sponsor. For more information: john@ndcf.net or 701-590-4614. 
Grants shall be awarded to organizations within the . 
Grants to religious organizations shall be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community. 
Application forms will be available online at www.NDCF.net/visionwest
Extensions may be granted at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 
Approved grant requests may be funded in full or partially, at the discretion of the Advisory Committee. 
Funding Priorities 
High Priority 
Projects or programs that benefit a greater number of residents 
Requests that demonstrate applicant will seek or has secured other funding sources 
Low Priority 
Requests for multiple-year funding 
Requests for operating funds or day-to-day expenses

TO REVIEW GRANT PROCESS: Click here

TO REVIEW GRANTING RUBRIC: Click here

 

Click here to see a list of all community foundation which serve county or communities around the state and in Western ND.

Key Documents

Posted here are key documents you can download and forward to community leaders, family, and friends to help get the word out and invite participation in the consortium or about Legacy planning.

FOUNDATION CASE DOCUMENT

FOUNDATION BROCHURE: Click here

MAKING A GIFT PLEDGE: Form for download

RURAL FUNDRAISING ARTICLE

Questions? VWNDfoundation@gmail.com or call 701-225-0011

TO MAKE A GIFT TODAY OR to CONFIDENTIALLY DISCUSS LEGACY PLANNING please click on the ABOUT TAB