2013 Nonprofit Day at West Acres
Over 45 area nonprofits manned a booth at West Acres Shopping Center on Sunday, October 13th, promoting and offering information about their organization during the annual Nonprofit Day. In case you missed the insert "It's About People" in the October 12 issue of The Forum, you can obtain a copy from the FMAF office. Stories and articles concerning many local nonprofits were written by Cher Hersrud, FMAF Program Officer.
2013 Scholarship Distributions
The Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation holds over 40 scholarship funds, supporting areas of both athletics and academics, including a variety of fields of study such as education, engineering, business, medicine, music, math, and computer science to name a few. So far in 2013 over $225,000 has been available for distribution from these funds. Below are comments received from some of the recipients:
"As I return to school this fall for my final year at NDSU there are many things on my mind. One being student loans and tuition payments. I am relieved this year because I was lucky enough to be chosen by you as the recipient of the Amy & William Layne Scholarship. I would like to express my gratitude as I begin my last year. Because of you, a large load has been lifted from my shoulders and it is greatly appreciated.Thank you!" ~Jessica
"I am very grateful for the opportunity for my son to attend Concordia [Language Villages]. My son would of not had this opportunity otherwise. We are a low income family. I work and can only provide necessities for my son. Things such as camp, amusement parks and other things that take place during summer vacations are put on hold because of finances. I always wanted to give my son the world or at least let him know not to give up on seeing and experiencing new things. I hope that he will enjoy this camp and take all the learning's to heart and appreciate this opportunity."
~ Thanks from this very grateful mother, Lori
"Being able to receive scholarship money means a lot to me. Not only does it help me with being able to afford a college education, but it also helps give me the ability to play college athletics." ~ Blake
"Without the financial security you've kindly provided it is very possible I wouldn't have been able to compete for our University and had instead been working to support myself. For this I am immensely grateful." ~ Brett
" I'd like to express my gratitude and thank you for your generosity in providing this scholarship. Thanks to you I am able to live out my dream and continue my soccer career into college." ~ Meghan
The Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation is proud to be the fiscal sponsor of the Stephanie Goetz Foundation.
Their mission is simple: get children the mental health care they need. No matter what.
To learn more about their organization, visit their website
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Excitement for the new library!
The first "Little Free Library" was placed at Nokomis Child Care Center recently. TEDxFargo, FMAF, and United Way Cass-Clay have partnered to expand the number of these libraries across the area, which provide children and community members free access to books. Check out our album on Facebook to see the whole process from start to finish. For more information, access their website at www.littlefreelibrary.org For local information, contact Cher at the Foundation office.
Bush Foundation Grant
The Bush Foundation has awarded the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation a $100,000 grant for a collaborative project to increase philanthropy in North Dakota.
There are five community foundations in North Dakota: Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation, Community Foundation of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks; Devils Lake Area Foundation; Minot Area Community Foundation, and the North Dakota Community Foundation. All five community foundations are working collaboratively on this project.
Community foundations by definition have a geographic focus, and are a vehicle for philanthropy and community service within their areas. At the core of community foundation work is the creation of permanent or endowed funds that will forever provide support for donor interests and/or community needs.
In 2007, the North Dakota Legislature created a Charitable Income Tax Credit for businesses, trusts, and estates making charitable gifts to qualified endowed funds in North Dakota. Legislation in 2011 enhanced the tax credit; adding the tax credit for outright individual gifts to qualified endowment funds. Financial institutions were also added in 2011. North Dakota is one of very few states who offer this tax incentive for philanthropy.
The grant will allow the Community Foundations of North Dakota, in consultation with a local marketing firm, to develop and implement an awareness campaign in 2013 to increase residents’ understanding of endowment funds and awareness of the North Dakota Charitable Income Tax Credit.