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 expectations, as well as his positive reputation and influence across the state and within this region, is a definite asset as the Foundation continues to address community needs now and into the future."

Wilkie has been a part of the Fargo-Moorhead community since 1997 and has been working in the nonprofit field for 20 years. Wilkie earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certificate in 2017. CFRE certification is the only accredited certification for fundraising professionals and is recognized as the global standard for fundraising professionalism. Prior to joining the FM Area Foundation, Wilkie held leadership positions at prominent nonprofits in our region, including the Anne Carlsen Center, Oak Grove Lutheran School and the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch.

“I am looking forward to being a part of the FM Area Foundation. The FM Area Foundation has an amazing reputation of investing in great causes in our region and inspiring generosity among our citizens. I'm excited to help grow the impact of the Foundation,” said Wilkie.

Wilkie will begin his new role at the FM Area Foundation November 30, 2020. Wilkie replaces Tim Beaton, who has served as Executive Director of the FM Area Foundation for the past 10 years. 

 The FM Area Foundation assists people with charitable giving and provides grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students, as well as leadership on important community initiatives in the Cass-Clay region. The FM Area Foundation is known for its community endowments that generate grant dollars for charitable causes year after year.