About Us

The FM Area Foundation encourages and nourishes the giving spirit in the community.

The FM Area Foundation is a nonprofit, community foundation created by and for the people of Cass County, North Dakota, and Clay County, Minnesota. The FM Area Foundation helps people give back to the causes they care about and ensures the needs of the community are addressed now and in perpetuity. Working in partnership with individuals, families, businesses and professional advisors, the FM Area Foundation manages more than 440 charitable funds and provides grants to qualified nonprofit organizations and causes.

Today, the Foundation manages over $100 million in assets and has granted more than $60 million to create stronger, more vibrant communities.


We help donors maximize their philanthropy to create a vibrant community full of opportunities for everyone. 


Our vision, in the next 10 years, is to bring our total contributions to the nonprofit community to $250 million. 


The FM Area Foundation is accredited by the Community Foundations National Standards Board. The National Standards ensure the values of community foundations are demonstrated through their commitment to legal compliance, philanthropic best practices and excellence that benefits communities.