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FM Area Foundation Launches Coffee for Healthcare Heroes Fund

In response to the increased demands being placed on local healthcare workers, the FM Area Foundation recently partnered with the Offutt Family Foundation to create the Coffee for Healthcare Heroes Fund to show support and appreciation for the important work they are doing. The purpose of the fund is to support, caffeinate and bring joy to frontline healthcare heroes working in the hospitals in t…

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FM Area Foundation Caring Catalog to Support Local Charities Launches Nov. 24

Caring Catalog Connects Community Members to Local Charities The FM Area Foundation is excited to announce the return of the Caring Catalog, an online, giving platform that connects community members to local charities. This year, the Caring Catalog lists 98 local, charitable projects and programs that need support this holiday season. The online Catalog runs November 24 to December 14. There is …

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FM Area Foundation Names New Executive Director

The FM Area Foundation is pleased to announce Eric Wilkie as its new Executive Director.    "The FM Area Foundation is excited for Eric Wilke to be the next Executive Director of our organization,” said Louise Dardis, vice chair of the FM Area Foundation’s Board of Directors and chair of the search committee. “His leadership experience, expertise and knowledge of nonprofit operations and expectat…

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Surprise Grants Totaling $60,000 Awarded to Local Art Organizations

The FM Area Foundation is awarding $60,000 in grants to support the arts in the F-M community. The FM Area Foundation announced it will award $5,000 to twelve local art organizations.  The arts are needed now more than ever, and the FM Area Foundation remains committed to supporting local arts organizations. “We feel it is incredibly important to support a variety of organizations in our communi…

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Impact Investment to Local Nonprofit Helps Build Affordable Houses

Four Housing Units to Be Built in South Fargo On June 25, a groundbreaking was held for an affordable housing unit that will be constructed on the corner of 13th Ave S and 11th St. S in Fargo as part of the “Rebuilding Fargo Project.” This lot will be the location of one of two twin homes (four housing units) to be built by the nonprofit Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area. Rebuilding Togethe…

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FM Area Foundation announces the upcoming retirement of Executive Director Tim Beaton

After 10 years of serving as Executive Director of the FM Area Foundation, Tim Beaton has announced his retirement to be effective February 2021. “For the past 10 years, I have enjoyed the challenges and successes achieved by the FM Area Foundation. As the Executive Director, it has been my great honor to work with a very hard-working staff, a dedicated board, many extraordinarily generous dono…

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All Together FM Fund Gives Out $24,000 to Hospitality Workers

The All Together FM Fund, created by Drekker Brewing Company and Fargo Underground, has officially awarded grants to 82 hospitality and service industry workers in our community. This was a nation-wide effort, championed locally by Drekker Brewing Company and Fargo Underground, to provide disaster relief to those in the hospitality and service industry affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They brew…

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Cass Clay Community Land Trust Hires Executive Director

Trenton Gerads has been hired as the Executive Director of the Cass Clay Community Land Trust (CLT). The Cass Clay CLT is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides sustainable and affordable workforce housing.   “Homeownership is the basis for strong neighborhoods and strong communities, and the Cass Clay Community Land Trust will help ensure homeownership is attainable for those wh…

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Donor Advised Funds: Working hard for our community

Donor-advised funds are a popular charitable giving tool. And right now is a perfect time to evaluate this planning strategy for your clients. In recent years, donor-advised funds have been one of the fastest-growing philanthropic planning tools in the marketplace. Donor-advised funds are popular because they allow an individual or family to make a tax-deductible transfer that qualifies as a char…

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Important Reminders: QCDs and CLATs

In today’s market conditions, we want to highlight the unique importance of Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) and Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts (CLATs). Given the critical needs facing our community right now, the team at the FM Area Foundation wants to reiterate the value of these two planning tools. Please contact us if you have any questions about how these charitable giving techniqu…

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