Community Response Fund

The Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties has been activated in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

The purpose of this fund is to collect donations to support organizations in Cass County, N.D., and Clay County, Minn., in the weeks and months following a community crisis or disaster. The FM Area Foundation created the Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties in 2017. 

We are currently accepting donations to help meet needs of the nonprofit sector impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will help support nonprofit organizations directly involved in addressing needs for vulnerable populations, such as people experiencing homelessness, people with low incomes, people with physical and mental disabilities, senior citizens, people with limited English proficiency, people facing hardships due to lost or reduced work, etc

How to Donate:

Give online: Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties.

Send a check to the FM Area Foundation office with "Community Response Fund" noted in the memo line of the check. Mail to:

FM Area Foundation
409 7th St. S
Fargo, ND 58103

Let's raise half a million dollars for local charities!

The FM Area Foundation is committing a $250,000 challenge grant to the community! We're asking individuals, families, businesses and others to help meet our challenge grant by donating to the Community Response Fund to support local charities.

We want to grant half a million dollars to nonprofits in Cass-Clay.

Grants from the fund will be awarded to qualified organizations affected by the pandemic and serving vulnerable populations in our community. Gifts made to the Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To date, $376,896 awarded to local nonprofits!

See the grant recipients.

Additional Information

Community Response Fund FAQ
FM Area Foundation's experience in disaster philanthropy.

Nonprofit Resources

Nonprofit COVID-19 Resources 
Apply for funding from the Community Response Fund. 

$500,000
$434,056

Local Businesses Create Funds In Response To COVID-19

Many local businesses and organizations are stepping up to help people in our community affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We're honored to work with these businesses to support their philanthropic efforts.

Hospitality for Healthcare Fund
The Hospitality for Healthcare Fund was established by the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Community Partnership to offer discounted meals to healthcare workers and first responders and to support participating restaurants to help them retain/rehire staff. This program supported nearly 30 local restaurants in our community and provided those working on the frontlines with discounted meals the first part of May. 

Thomsen Homes Covid-19 Emergency Fund
A fund created by Thomsen Homes to provide disaster relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the greater Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, and Grand Forks communities. This fund collected and granted out $174,575 to 36 individuals and organizations. 

All Together FM Fund
A fund created by Drekker Brewing Company and Fargo Underground to provide disaster relief to individuals in the local hospitality and service industry affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the greater Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead communities. This nation-wide effort, championed locally by Drekker Brewing, raised dollars through the brewing and distribution of a special beer called All Together. The beer was released to the public in April. More than $24,000 was raised, and grants to 82 hospitality and service industry workers in our community have been awarded. 

If you're interested in establishing a charitable fund, please contact Greg Diehl, Development Officer, at greg@areafoundation.org