Our Funds

For more than 55 years, the FM Area Foundation has partnered with individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits to create a variety of funds to support our community. Today, we manage more than 300 funds, some with specific purposes, and others that support the community’s greatest needs.

  • Francis J. and Janet D. Beaton Memorial Fund Donor Advised Fund

    Established: Dec 29, 2008 This Donor Advised Fund was established to honor the memory, Francis & Janet Beaton. Initially funds will be used to support First Congregational Church, Fargo, ND; Nativity Catholic Church, Fargo, ND; and Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo, ND.

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  • Frank and Helen Buzzell Scholarship Fund Scholarship Fund

    Established: Jun 23, 1997 This fund was created to give scholarships to students at Jamestown College.

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  • Fred and Selma Fiechtner Memorial Fund Designated Fund

    Established: Jul 01, 1975 A place of worship, Grace Lutheran Church of Fargo, is the designated beneficiary of income from this memorial fund. The donors also designated a portion of the income for distribution by the Foundation's grant committee for a range of current community needs.

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  • Fred Fiechtner Fund Designated Fund

    Established: Dec 19, 1983 Established by bequest, a local church, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church of Fargo, is the designated beneficiary of this fund.

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  • Fred R. Tharalson Scholarship Fund Scholarship Fund

    Established: Jul 29, 1981 Established by Florence May Tharalson in memory of her husband, the fund awards scholarships to athletes at North Dakota State University.

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  • Fred W. and Leopoldine Pardau Memorial Fund Designated Fund

    Established: Jan 01, 1988 The income from this fund are designated to provide ongoing support for four specific charities: Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Village Family Service Center, Home on the Range for Boys, and Anne Carlsen Center for Children.

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  • Friends of Men's Bison Lacrosse Designated Fund

    Established: Dec 31, 2013 This fund was created to support the Bison Men's Lacrosse activities.

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  • Furness Family Fund Donor Advised Fund

    Established: Jan 07, 2019 A permanently endowed donor advised fund created by Bruce and Lorraine Furness to provide support for their favorite charitable causes in the areas of basic human needs, the arts, community benefit and NDSU athletics.

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  • Gary and Connie Tharaldson Fund Donor Advised Fund

    Established: Oct 13, 2003 This fund was created to support a range of charitable programs as recommended by the donors.

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  • George & Martha Borgie Fund Unrestricted

    Established: May 28, 1970 Created by bequest, the income from this fund provides grants to area charitable organizations through the FM Area Foundation community grant rounds.

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  • George Comstock Trust/President's Discretionary Fund Designated Fund

    Established: Dec 28, 1961 One of the first funds of the FM Area Foundation, it supports the activities and students at Minnesota State University Moorhead as determined by the President of the University.

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  • Gilman Toso Scholarship Fund Scholarship Fund

    Established: Apr 21, 2008 This scholarship fund was established using funds from the estate of Mr. Gilman Toso to support scholarships for graduating seniors of Pelican Papids High School, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.

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  • Gooseberry Park Players Fund Agency Fund

    Established: Feb 18, 1996 An endowment fund to suppot Gooseberry Park Players, whose mission is to provide young people with a unique educational and multi-generational summer theatre experience.

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  • Gordon and Caroline Anderson Fund Designated Fund

    Established: Aug 16, 1990 This fund was established as a tribute to Caroline Anderson and her husband Gordon, to support students with special needs at Agassiz Middle School.

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  • Gudrun E. Powell Memorial Fund Designated Fund

    Established: Jan 01, 1988 This fund supports designated charities in Cando, N.D., and awards an annual scholarship to a graduating senior of North Star Public School.

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  • Gwen Thayer Charitable Fund Unrestricted

    Established: Jul 24, 2017 A fund created by Gwen Thayer. Each year, half of the distributions from the fund will go to Adopt-A-Pet and half will be distributed through the FM Area Foundation's community grant round.

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  • Harold C. Meyer Fund Designated Fund

    Established: Jan 22, 1998 During his lifetime, Harold Meyer served on the School Board. He created this endowment fund to provide support for students at Grace Lutheran School.

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  • Harold H. and Mary T. Berg Fund Designated Fund

    Established: Oct 25, 2007 Established by bequest, this fund supports the designated charities of the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, N.D., Dakota Boys Ranch in Minot, N.D., Federated Church in Carrington, N.D., Pontoppidan Church and United Methodist Church in Fargo.

  • Hayden Thomas Nelson Scholarship Scholarship Fund

    Established: May 16, 2016 This fund has been set up by Hayden Thomas Nelson's parents to benefit a senior at Pelican Rapids High School in Pelican Rapids, MN who has excelled in speech/debate, music, and or theater arts.

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  • Healthy Childhood Partners Fiscal Sponsorship Fiscal Sponsorship

    Established: Jun 28, 2016 This fiscal sponsorship was set up to provide support to Healthy Childhood Partners during their process of creating a nonprofit corporation in Minnesota and applying or and receiving their Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Their mission is to facilitate community support and development of quality early childhood education and childcare for birth through age six based on the principles of Waldorf/LifeWays education.

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