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Giving Through FMAF

Since 1960, donors have used the FM Area Foundation to support their favorite charities throughout the Cass-Clay region and beyond. Whether your interest is supporting food insecurities, scholarships, the arts, or another wonderful cause, we will help you achieve your charitable giving and donation goals.

We offer various giving and donating options, such as Donor Advised Funds, where you make an initial gift and then recommend grants from the fund to nonprofits. Endowing your fund is a great way to leave a legacy and ensure the organizations you care about are supported year after year, even after you’re gone.

If you’d like to make a difference but don’t know where to start, we are available to meet with you to provide advice and inspiration for donating and giving back to the community. If you are working with a financial advisor, estate planner, accountant, or another professional advisor, we’d be happy to provide them with information.


Power of Endowment

An endowment is a tool for generous people to support the charities and causes that matter to them—not just today but forever. At its core, an endowment is a special financial fund that is invested to create steady, predictable charitable resources that continue for generations to come.

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In working closely with nonprofit organizations in our area, we understand the needs of the community. We can guide you through the giving process or help facilitate a donation.


Not all gifts are created equal. Beyond direct cash donations, we have the expertise and flexibility to accept complex donations such as stock transfers, real estate, or even personal property. For those seeking to establish a new fund, the process is simple, straightforward, and free.


We offer several different fund options to suit the various needs of our donors. But more importantly, we're here to help you make your gifts as personal and fulfilling as possible. No matter what you are passionate about, we provide a flexible means for you to give.

10 Reasons to Give Through the FM Area Foundation

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You have the power to make a positive impact in two ways. You can donate to one of our 500 existing funds, or you can contact us to create a charitable fund that matches your values. Whichever route you choose, we are humbled by your trust and grateful for your kindness and generosity.

“We wanted the scholarship to live on as a legacy for Norman and I in our communities to encourage a young person as they seek their dreams.”

Agnes Liudahl Donor

“Serving on the Foundation board enables me to support efforts to strengthen our community.”

Morrie Lanning Former Board Member

“We are thrilled to engage our daughters as future advisors to our fund. Knowing there will always be a family member to guide our charitable intent makes us feel great.”

Mike & Peggy Bullinger Donors

“Anything that can motivate a child’s love of reading deserves support. Read to Lead can be such a vehicle.”

Noel & Judy Fedje Donors

“Thank you to the Women's Fund for supporting our moms and children.”

Jeremiah Program Program

“The community foundation is specifically created to encourage and nourish the giving spirit in the community.”

Art Cupler Founder

“Thanks to support from the FM Area Foundation, we completed two major projects. We're very grateful for the Foundation’s generosity as these projects support our mission to preserve and maintain the historic facility.”

Emily Beck Fargo Theatre

“Support through the FM Area Foundation and its supporters has created an immeasurable impact on our work — delivering hope and fostering a sense of belonging for so many in our community going through a tender time in life. This ripple of kindness is cultivating joy and shared connection in our community, just because, and only made possible through generous donors. What a beautiful gift to know your community cares about you!”

Kelly Krenzel Hope Blooms

Contact Our Staff

Lexi Oestreich
Director of Philanthropy
Eric Wilkie, MS, CFRE, CAP®
Executive Director