Basic Human Needs

Building ladders out of poverty

The Fargo-Moorhead area has experienced tremendous growth in the past decade, bringing about many new opportunities and businesses to our region. However, many community members continue to face hardships like homelessness, finding quality, affordable childcare, treating mental health issues, or worrying about their next meal.

Many local nonprofits are providing assistance and support to those in need. Our goal is support them through our Basic Human Needs grant round.

More than $5.6 million given in the last 10 years to support organizations focused on building ladders out of poverty.

Grantee Stories

These are just a few examples of how our generous donor’s gifts are being put to work in the community through our grantees.

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Rebuilding Together Receives Grant for Repairing Homes and Improving Lives

Rebuilding Together transforms the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our community.

A retired 27 year National Guard veteran of Fargo completed an application with Rebuilding Together in February of 2015. His social security and pension benefits barely cover his monthly living expenses leaving him little extra to repair his home of …

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Community of Care Receives Grant for Volunteer Program

Community of Care, a nonprofit in Cass County, focuses on caring for people by partnering with rural communities.

Community of Care’s goal is to assist older adults in rural Cass County remain in the homes they love and cherish as long as is safely possible.

Their Volunteer Program provides transportation to medical appointments, yard work, minor home repair and friendly visits. In 2015, they ha…

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REACH-Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters Receive Grant for Imagine Hawley Thriving

REACH is a multi-agency human service center serving primarily individuals and families in rural Clay, Becker and Norman Counties in Minnesota. 

A comprehensive community wide mental health education effort was launched by REACH in collaboration with Imagine Thriving. Resources were developed and distributed widely throughout Hawley that helped spread awareness of the importance of mental wellnes…

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Grant Recipients

  • Basic Human Needs Grant Recipients 2017

    Organization Name Project Name
    A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center Stable Lives Through Social Connections
    Apple Tree Dental Hawley FM Area Dental Workforce Project
    CCRI, Inc. Life Enrichment Program
    Children's Dental Services Dental Care for Under-Served Children and Pregnant Women in Fargo-Moorhead Region
    Churches United for the Homeless Increasing Housing Stability
    Community of Care Volunteer Program
    Emergency Food Pantry Safety and Security Improvement 
    Family HealthCare Access to Denture Care
    New Life Center Next Steps Program
    FM Dorothy Day House Emergency Shelter Program
    Fraser, Ltd. Basic Needs for At-Risk Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness
    Handi-Wheels Handi-Wheels Transportation
    HERO Local Programming
    Jeremiah Program A Two-Generation Solution for Moving Families from Poverty to Prosperity
    Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Hero Build
    Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership Workforce Development Program
    Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity
    ND Autism Center General Operating
    Rape and Abuse Crisis Center General Operating
    REACH Family Support Program-Youth Mentoring
    Rebuilding Together Critical Care Program
    Red River Children's Advocacy Center Video Conferencing Equipment for Case Reviews
    ReGroup HOPE for Parents in Recovery
    Ronald McDonald House Charities Share-A-Night
    SENDCAA Project Support
    ShareHouse Security Improvements
    YWCA Education and Employment Program
  • Basic Human Needs Grant Recipients 2016

    Organization Name Project Name
    A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center Enhancement of the quality of life for adults living with a serious and persistent mental illness.
    Accessible Space, Inc. Northland Apartments Capital Improvements
    Catholic Charities North Dakota Guardianship Services Program
    CCRI, Inc. CCRI Life Enrichment Program
    Churches United for the Homeless Churches United for the Homeless - "Increasing Housing Stability"
    Community of Care Volunteer Program
    Emergency Food Pantry Warehouse Storage Expansion
    Eventide Resident Equipment Update
    Family HealthCare Access to Denture Care
    Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation Critical Needs for Fargo Public School Students
    New Life Center Moving Forward Program
    Fargo-Moorhead Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, Inc. Emergency Shelter Program
    Fraser, Ltd. Meals and Supplemental Food for At-Risk Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness
    Handi-Wheels Transportation Handi-Wheels Transportation: Provide transit services to people in need in our community.
    HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization Local Programming
    Jeremiah Program Jeremiah Program: Two-Generation Solutions for Eliminating Generational Poverty
    Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity 2016 Rehab Home
    North Dakota Autism Center, Inc. AuSome Kids Day Program
    Presentation Partners in Housing Presentation Partners in Housing (PPiH)
    REACH- Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters REACH Family Support Program
    Rebuilding Together Repairing Homes and Improving Lives
    SENDCAA Project Help
    ShareHouse Foundation Recovery Coach
    TNT Kid's Fitness Special Project ~ Special Needs
    Veteran Gap Fund Gift cards for Veterans
  • Basic Human Needs Grant Recipients 2015

    Organization Name Project Name
    Fargo Union Mission Inc. DBA New Life Center Voucher Program
    Fargo-Moorhead Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, Inc. Emergency Shelter Case Management and CARES Implementation
    Churches United for the Homeless Churches United for the Homeless “Meeting the Increased Need”
    Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota (Great Plains Food Bank) Engaging Volunteers in Hunger Relief
    REACH – Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters Imagine Hawley Thriving
    Goetz Mental Wellness Initiative Imagine Thriving Curriculum
    HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization Local Programming
    Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation Mid-Morning Milk for Elementary Students (aka Got No Milk)
    Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota The Combatting Abuse in Later Life (CALL) Project
    Ulen Rescue, Inc. Purchase of Lucas Chest Compression System
    Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc. Rainbow Bridge Safe Exchange and Visitation Center Sliding Fee Scale
    American Red Cross Disaster Cycle General Support
    Community of Care Volunteer Program
    Handi-Wheels Transportation Handi-Wheels Transportation
    Family HealthCare Access To Denture Care
    Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley Share-A-Night
    Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans Direct Assistance for Clay County Veterans
    Rebuilding Together Repairing Homes and Improving Lives
    City of Fargo Gladys Ray Shelter Gladys Ray Shelter
    Arc West Central Family Connections
    Spare Key Housing Payment Assistance for Families
    Emergency Food Pantry Food Product/Client Service Improvement Project