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Foundation Launches Learning Series for Nonprofits

The FM Area Foundation recently kicked off a new learning series to provide professional development opportunities for local nonprofits. The series offers a wide variety of topic areas relevant to the nonprofit sector. There will be trainings on marketing and social media, fundraising, human resources, finance and more. “The series began in response to the many requests we receive from our grante…

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Match Your Giving Activities To Your Own Personality Type

In 2015, Americans gave nearly $375 billion to charitable organizations. Giving is a popular activity in today’s social impact culture. Not everyone likes to give in exactly the same way, though. The ways you like to give depend on your unique personality and how your preferences impact your social impact activities. For example, if you consider yourself to be an Activator, here are four activiti…

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You And Your Community Foundation, Working Side By Side

When families embark on a journey to make philanthropy a part of their lives across generations, it often starts with simple concepts: Having fun as a family, getting in touch with nature, being authentic and open about values, donating canned goods or clothing to families in need, recycling cardboard and aluminum cans, celebrating every birthday and holiday with a big cake and a gift to charity,…

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Get A Jump On Your Charitable Giving Budget

Whether it’s January, May, or September, it’s always a good time to check in on your budget. So how do you factor in your charitable giving? To get started, consider planning your social impact budget around three points—amount, timing, and category. 1. How much? That’s the $64 question. Or more, depending on your budget. The first thing to keep in mind when setting a budget for supporting you…

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FM Area Foundation Makes First Ever Mission Related Investment

Lakes & Prairies Community Action Agency purchases new building to expand program offerings Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership works with and for low-income children, families and seniors throughout the area. They help people take the journey from barely surviving to fully thriving in our community by connecting them to opportunities, providing information and offering progra…

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Surprise Grant Awarded To Local Organization

The FM Area Foundation recently awarded a surprise grant for $12,788 to Face It TOGETHER Fargo Moorhead. The recipient of the surprise grant was recommended and voted on by the FM Area Foundation’s Board of Directors to address a critical need in our community. “Addiction is a pressing issue in our area, and Face It TOGETHER is working to provide free, long-term peer recovery coaching to help …

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New Charitable Fund To Leave Positive Impact On Community

A new charitable fund was recently established through the FM Area Foundation to support the Fargo-Moorhead area in perpetuity. On Jan. 5, 2016, at the age of 92, Roland Stenerson passed away leaving an unrestricted gift in the amount of $509,658 to the FM Area Foundation and ultimately his community. The Roland Stenerson Designated Fund, created by Stenerson in 2009, was funded by proceeds fr…

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FM Area Foundation Awards Community Building Grants To Local Organizations

The FM Area Foundation recently awarded nine grants totaling $41,300 to community organizations creating community building opportunities in Cass and Clay counties. Grants are evaluated by a special grants committee and approved by the FM Area Foundation’s Board of Directors. The FM Area Foundation’s community grant rounds address needs throughout Cass County, N.D., and Clay County, Minn., and…

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FM Area Foundation Awards Arts, Culture And Creativity Grants To Local Organizations

The FM Area Foundation recently awarded 12 grants totaling $29,300 to community organizations working in arts, culture and creativity in Cass and Clay counties. Grants are evaluated by a special grants committee and approved by the FM Area Foundation’s Board of Directors. The FM Area Foundation’s community grant rounds address needs throughout Cass County, N.D., and Clay County, Minn., and pro…

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Give A Forever Gift On #GivingTuesday

As part of our mission, we support the work of local nonprofits. One way we do this is through agency endowments. You can help support a charity by donating to their agency endowment, which provides permanent support for their operations. Endowments are sustainable forever gifts. Your contribution becomes principal, with its interest or gain in value becoming an ongoing resource. Endowment fun…

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