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FM Area Foundation Commits $250,000 as a Challenge Grant for Community Response Fund

The FM Area Foundation recently activated its Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties to address the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The Foundation initially funded the Community Response Fund with $25,000 and is now committing an additional $250,000 as a challenge grant to the community.

Grants from this fund will go to qualified nonprofit organizations affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as organizations providing services to vulnerable populations throughout Cass County, N.D., and Clay County, Minn.

“Many organizations do not have the luxury to work from home right now. They are helping our communities’ most vulnerable populations. They are concerned about what services they can continue to provide, how to protect their staff and volunteers, and many are having to cancel fundraising events and other programs that support their operations,” said Executive Director, Tim Beaton.

The Community Response Fund was created by the FM Area Foundation in 2017 and the purpose of the fund is to help meet the needs of community organizations during and following a community crisis or disaster. 

“The flexibility of the fund allows us to respond to the needs of our nonprofit community not being met through other available programs,” Beaton said. “We hope the $250,000 challenge grant inspires community members, businesses and others to give to the fund to help support our local charities.”

Donations to the Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. There will be no administrative fees, so more dollars go directly to assist nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. For online donations, a standard credit card fee will apply.

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 address below with "Community Response Fund” noted in the memo line of the check.

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