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Wells Fargo Awards $25,000 to Foundation’s Community Response Fund

Wells Fargo  awarded $25,000 to the FM Area Foundation’s Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties. The purpose of this fund is to provide support to organizations engaging in immediate and long-term recovery services following a community crisis or disaster.   The FM Area Foundation and its Board of Directors created the Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties in 2017. This fun…

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Prakash Mathew Joins Foundation's Board of Directors

The FM Area Foundation is honored to welcome Prakash Mathew as the newest member of the Board of Directors. Prakash Mathew served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at North Dakota State University (NDSU) from 2006-2014. He retired after 38 years of service in student affairs and currently serves as Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs. As the Vice President, he oversaw 23 departm…

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Patricia Skognes Leaves a Gift to Support Local Charities

A new fund created through the bequest of Patricia Skognes was recently established at the FM Area Foundation and will provide annual support for nine local charities. Patricia grew up in Fargo attending Fargo Public Schools and later received a B.A. degree from Minnesota State Universtiy Moorhead and M.A. degree from North Dakota State University. She was a long-time Fargo teacher. She spent mu…

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Walaker Family Memorial Fund Benefits Rebuilding Together Fargo Moorhead Area

The FM Area Foundation is excited to announce the creation of the Walaker Family Memorial Fund to honor the lives of Dennis (Denny) and Mary Walaker. Mary Walaker was an educator and supporter of the arts. For 39 years she wrote school musicals, supervised science fairs, championed student learning and developed lifelong friendships. She was passionate about music, education, gardening and her fa…

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FM Area Foundation and Insight Technologies Donate Laptops to New American Consortium

Today, the FM Area Foundation and Insight Technologies donated four laptops and docking stations to the New American Consortium for Wellness & Empowerment. The laptops will be used for ELL classes and as a computer bank for people to apply for jobs and other types of training opportunities, said Darci Asche, Volunteer Director of Development of the New American Consortium. The laptops were pr…

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FM Area Foundation provides $25,000 to nonprofits for disaster preparedness

The FM Area Foundation has been involved in the Philanthropic Preparedness Resiliency and Emergency Partnership (PPREP), a cohort of 18 community foundations from across the Midwest, dedicated to learning about best practices in disaster philanthropy, since 2014.   The Foundation received a grant from the Funders’ Network for Smart and Livable Communities, the organizer of PPREP, to help address …

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Three new legacy funds created by chemist and WWII survivor, Dr. Immanuel J. Wilk

The FM Area Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of three new legacy funds—the Immanuel Kant Endowment Fund I, Immanuel Kant Endowment Fund II and the Immanuel Kant Music Fund. These funds established in April of 2018 through Dr. Immanuel J. Wilk’s revocable living trust will benefit the Temple Beth El endowment fund, as well as graduate students in the chemistry departments at NDSU…

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Warning: Scam Alert

We have recently been made aware that a fraudulent Facebook profile account using the name "Kenny Roberts" is posing as our organization and notifying people they have won money. This is a scam. Do not send money or any personal information. We have reported this page to Facebook and contacted authorities. If you have any questions, please message us or call us at 701.234.0756. Our office is open…

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Impact Investment Helps Local Nonprofit Purchase Building for Additional Services

Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership held an open house and ribbon cutting on May 18 to celebrate the opening of their new office in south Moorhead. This is the first building Lakes & Prairies has ever owned; a major milestone for the organization. The FM Area Foundation provided a $100,000 impact investment loan to help secure the down payment for the building, which now houses …

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Foundation Launches Learning Series for Nonprofits

The FM Area Foundation recently kicked off a new learning series to provide professional development opportunities for local nonprofits. The series offers a wide variety of topic areas relevant to the nonprofit sector. There will be trainings on marketing and social media, fundraising, human resources, finance and more. “The series began in response to the many requests we receive from our grante…

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