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.

  • FMAF Arts and Culture Fund Field of Interest Fund

    Established: Jan 01, 1994 This field of interest fund provides annual support to the Arts Culture & Creativity grant round.

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  • FMAF Basic Human Needs Fund Field of Interest Fund

    Established: Jan 01, 1992 This field of interest fund provides annual support to the Basic Human Needs grant round.

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  • FMAF Community Building Fund Field of Interest Fund

    Established: Jun 22, 2015 This field of interest fund provides annual support to the Community Building grant round.

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  • FMAF Education Fund Field of Interest Fund

    Established: Jun 22, 2015 This field of interest fund provides annual support to the Education grant round.

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  • FMAF General Community Fund Unrestricted

    Established: Jan 01, 1991 This fund provides annual support to the FM Area Foundations grant round.

  • Folkways Christkindlmarkt Fiscal Sponsorship

    Established: Oct 16, 2019 The Foundation is the fiscal sponsor for the Folkways Christkindlmarkt event being held Nov. 21-24, 2019, in Fargo. This is a fun-filled, community-wide event where community members can celebrate the holiday season with food, live musical performances, art demonstrations, holiday treats and activities for children.

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  • Francis and Adeline Hartl Trust Fund Designated Fund

    Established: Oct 26, 2009 This designated fund benefits Farm Rescue in Cass County.

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  • Francis J. and Doris Y. Butler Memorial Fund Donor Advised Fund

    Established: Dec 04, 1981 This fund was created by the Butler family as a memorial to Francis and his wife, Doris. Through this fund, grants provide support to organizations throughout North Dakota.

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  • 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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