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FM Area Foundation Activates Community Response Fund

The FM Area Foundation has activated its Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties to respond to the impact of COVID-19. The purpose of this fund is to collect donations from individuals, families, businesses, private foundations, and the like, to support immediate and long-term recovery efforts following a community crisis or disaster.

The Foundation is currently collecting donations to help meet the needs of the nonprofit sector affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The FM Area Foundation is providing an initial $25,000 into the fund with the anticipation of adding more as things progress.   

“Donations into the Community Response Fund will be granted directly to Cass-Clay nonprofits. Some donations will be used immediately for the greatest needs, and a portion of funds will be used to help support long-term efforts,” said Tim Beaton, Executive Director. “The flexibility of the fund allows us to respond to the needs of our nonprofit community not being met through other available programs.”

Grants will go to qualified organizations and service providers and will not be given directly to individuals.

Community members can give to the Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties to help provide relief for nonprofits affected by COVID-19 by visiting areafoundation.org/disaster. Donors can also send checks to the Foundation’s address below with "Community Response Fund” noted in the memo line:

FM Area Foundation
409 7th St. S
Fargo, ND 58103

The FM Area Foundation’s Involvement in Disaster Philanthropy:

The FM Area Foundation is the region's community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds. The Foundation has been serving the Cass Clay region through philanthropy since 1960. The FM Area Foundation is one of 23 community foundations across the Midwest participating in the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency, and Emergency Partnership (PPREP) since 2014. The program provides resources, learning and best practices to help participating foundations build their skills and leadership capacity for better preparation in the event of a disaster.

Community foundations bring unique attributes to disaster work, notably their capacity to efficiently pool and distribute funds from donors to help the community recover in both the short and long term. They also can bring together service providers, community-based organizations, businesses, government and others when an immediate, effective and coordinated response is paramount.

PPREP is a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. The FM Area Foundation is also a member and fiscal sponsor of the Cass Clay Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.