Welcome to the FM Area Foundation
Connecting people and purpose.

Established in 1960, the FM Area Foundation is North Dakota's oldest and largest community foundation. The FM Area Foundation is a charitable organization that helps people achieve their philanthropic goals and ensures the needs of the community are addressed now and in perpetuity. Working in partnership with nonprofits, businesses, individuals and families, the Foundation manages charitable funds and oversees the grantmaking of the income from these funds to qualified nonprofit organizations in Cass and Clay counties. The Foundation also has an annual community grant round to support nonprofits in the following areas.

  • Arts, Culture & Creativity
  • Basic Human Needs
  • Community Building
  • Education

Conversations that Matter: Women in Leadership
January 22, 2015

Conversations that Matter: Women in Leadership is Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. at Microsoft Commons in Fargo. The purpose of this event is to create a space for conversation to grow awareness and encourage the development of mentoring relationships, and to encourage mentoring programming that could benefit from the Women’s Fund and the FM Area Foundation grant rounds.

The Women’s Fund Conversations that Matter is a continuation of our January 2014 event that focused on identifying the challenges women in our community face in attaining roles in leadership. The results identified the need to:

  • Continue and broaden the leadership conversation and create actionable initiatives paired with personal action
  • Foster effective mentoring because it is a known stepping stone to leadership
  • Close the mentoring gap because 70% of those responding to the event survey indicated there was “very much a need for intentional mentoring programs inclusive of women.”

What: Conversations that Matter: Women in Leadership breakfast
Where: Microsoft Commons (4550 42nd Ave S, Fargo)
When: January 22, 2015 from 8-10 a.m.
RSVP: Register online at fm-conversations.eventbrite.com or call 701.234.0756.

Contemporary Mentorship: A mentor is a sounding board, assisting your decision-making and problem-solving, and offering insight to help you progress at any stage. Mentor and mentee(s) learn from each other, regardless of age or position, and they both achieve more than they could individually.

Join us to discover how contemporary mentorship can be a bridge to your future success at any stage of your life and career.

The Women’s Fund, an endowed fund of the FM Area Foundation, gives voice to and grants dollars in our community within three focus areas: women in leadership, children in need of care, and the economic well-being of women and their families. We annually grant out funds in these three areas.


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