Community Foundation Awards Grants

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Pictured above, left to right, are: SACF board member Grace Lystad; Mary Dennis, representing the Mountrail County Food Pantry; MCMC board member Bob Grant; MCMC Foundation Director Steph Everett; MCMC Campaign Director John Posusta; MCMC Administrator Doris Brown, SACF board member Doug Kinnoin; Domestic Violence NWND Director Darla Juma; SACF board member Wayne Johnson; SACF board member Dan Lindberg; and NDCF President and CEO Kevin Dvorak.

Both the Stanley Area Community Foundation and the ND Community Foundation presented grants to Stanley area recipients on Friday, Nov. 15.

The ND Community Foundation presented a $1,500 grant to the Mountrail County Food Pantry to help them as they look either for a new food pantry space or if given permission to renovate their current space in the Memorial Building to meet accessibility needs.

The Stanley Area Community Foundation presented checks for three grants in the area. The Mountrail County Food Pantry received $4,400 also to be used for their building needs. The Domestic Violence Program NWND received $4,400. Director Darla Juma says the funds will be used for materials for the program, including cell phones for victims. The Mountrail County Health Foundation received $5,000 for the capital campaign project “Partnering For the Future”. This campaign will be the fundraising effort for the expansions and renovations at the hospital and the potential expansions for the clinic. Doug Kinnoin has recently been named the campaign co-chair for this project and will be working closely with Foundation Director Steph Everett and Campaign Coordinator John Posusta.

The grant from the ND Community Foundation was from a State-Wide Great Needs Fund. This year the Foundation received 149 grant requests and approved funding 49. In 2013 the NDCF and its component funds will make over $3 million in grants in North Dakota.

The Stanley Area Community Foundation was created in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to create a permanent financial resource to support local nonprofit projects. The purpose of the SACF is to maintain a permanent source of funding for projects in the community of Stanley and the immediate surrounding area. Gifts from many individuals are pooled together and invested in a permanent fund. Each year, the local advisory committee uses income from the foundation to make grants. As the foundation continues to grow, the amount they are able to give also increases. Two years ago, grants totaled $4,676 and last year it was $7,514. This year that total was $13,800.

As the end of the year approaches, many people are looking for charitable giving options and the Foundation board believes this is one way to donate locally and support the community. Grants awarded in the past have included Flickertail Village, the Women of Today, the Stanley Park Board, the Stanley High School Vo-Ag program, the Ina Mae Rude Aquatic Center and the Stanley Fire Department.
With changes to North Dakota tax laws, charitable giving has never been more attractive to North Dakota residents. Both qualifying businesses and individuals can now claim up to 40% of their gift as tax credits on their North Dakota income tax. Those credits can also be carried forward for more than one year. With the reduction in the North Dakota tax and the credit that may also be applied to federal taxes, the gift is one that allows taxpayers to choose charitable organizations to receive tax dollars. The gift then also helps to support their communities in unique ways like the Stanley Area Community Foundation. When considering charitable giving, businesses and individuals should consult their tax professionals to make sure they are doing what is best and right for their own individual circumstances.

Those wishing to donate to the Stanley Area Community Foundation can send their tax deductible gift to: Stanley Area Community Foundation, PO Box 154, Stanley, ND 58784. For more information on the foundation you can contact Grace Lystad at (701) 628-3253 or Kara Geiger at (701) 390-3975.

Organized in 1976, the ND Community Foundation was formed as an efficient means of meeting the needs of North Dakota in the educational, charitable, arts, scientific and health areas. It is a public non-profit tax-exempt corporation which receives and distributes charitable funds to support a wide range of programs which benefit North Dakotans. The Foundation administers charitable endowment and non-endowment funds in both the restricted and unrestricted categories on behalf of communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals. The Foundation currently holds assets in excess of $50,000,000 and to date has made more than $54,000,000 in grants across North Dakota.

Courtesy of Mountrail County Promoter

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