Grant Helps Spread Joy to Those in Need

Hope Blooms creates meaningful moments one bouquet at a time  Inspiring hope, happiness and emotional healing through repurposed flowers. That is the mission of Hope Blooms, a local nonprofit dedicated to changing lives through small acts of kindness. Hope Blooms repurposes donated flowers and rearranges them into beautiful bouquets and delivers them to community members in need, all with the mes…

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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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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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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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FM Area Foundation Joins The Global #GivingTuesday Movement

The FM Area Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity. The FM Area Foundation is hosting Cookies & Cocoa at their office Nov. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to noon to invite friends and community members in to enjoy a sweet treat and learn more about #…

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Charitable Giving Through Your IRA

Give more for less There is good news for community foundation donors in their 70s—and for the communities and causes they care about. A permanent law makes it possible to give individual retirement account (IRA) assets to charity, free from federal tax, annually. Prior to 2006, all lifetime distributions from IRAs were taxed—even those given to charity. As such, our donors can give far more w…

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Francis And Adeline Hartl Trust Fund Supports Cass County Farmers

This article is from the January 2010 FM Area Foundation newsletter. The Francis and Adeline Trust Fund was established in 2009 and continues to provide grants annually to Farm Rescue.  Francis and Adeline Hartl were farmers in the Alice, N.D., area for many years, and made provisions to continue to support farming beyond their lifetime. Francis died in 2001, and Adeline passed away in Februar…

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Consultants See Potential For Moorhead Revitalization

MOORHEAD – Consultants hired to help create a game plan for revitalizing downtown Moorhead say the city has many things going for it and communities that faced similar challenges have done great things. David Feehan and Jack Hopkins recently met with more than 30 Moorhead business and community leaders to get a feel for Moorhead’s strengths and what residents would like to see happen. “W…

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Julia Goes To Prom

Creative Care for Reaching Independence (CCRI) is a nonprofit that enhances and enriches the lives and learning of people with disabilities. Many of the people CCRI supports never attended their high school prom, so the CCRI gives this opportunity to more than 100 people  every year. The event is put on by CCRI with the help of many community businesses and volunteers. Area schools donate prom se…

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Students Reach Potential Through Legacy Children’s Foundation

“It’s so great to be able to check that box Ms. Dehne I graduated. Nobody thought I would do it,” said a Legacy student who recently graduated high school. ‘Ms. Dehne’ is Mary Jean Dehne and she and her husband, Jeff, started Legacy Children’s Foundation a nonprofit that supports at-risk students to improve high school graduation rates. “We are both educators and we want to pass on the values a…

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