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Women's Fund Endowment

In December, 2000, the Board of Directors of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation approved the creation of the Women’s Fund Endowment, the first endowed fund created by the Foundation as a donor. The Women's Fund Endowment supports programs and projects for women and children in Cass County, ND and Clay County, MN. Through the support of nearly 600 donors, the Chambers Family Fund, and the Otto Bremer Foundation, the Women's Fund Endowment has grown to just over $1,000,000!

In 2011, the North Dakota Legislature expanded the 40% Charitable Income Tax Credit to businesses to include individual contributions of $5,000 or more to a qualified endowment fund. The Women's Fund Endowment is a qualified endowment fund.

We are asking your help in supporting the Campaign for Women and Children.

  • Every dollar you contribute will remain in the Women's Fund Endowment forever.
  • Every dollar you contribute will forever generate income that will support the women and children of this area.

Contribute today, to support women and children forever. Contributions can be mailed to the Foundation office, or made online. 


Grantmaking from the Women's Fund Endowment

Women's Fund Endowment has an annual grantmaking process in the Spring. Funds earned by the Endowment are awarded by a Women's Fund Grant Committee.

Grants are typically awarded for projects or programs that fall within the three focus areas of need that were determined by research and affirmed in 2011. Information about the Status of Women and Children in Cass and Clay Counties can be found within the reports below.

Children in Need of Care
Economic Well-Being of Women and Their Families
Women in Leadership


In 2014, the focus of the Women’s Fund grant round will be Women in Leadership. The Women’s Fund has over $40,000 to award in this focus area. Groups and organizations without a 501 (c)(3) may use a fiscal sponsorship for a short-term project.

Fiscal Sponsor Form

The Women’s Fund Grants Committee generally gives priority to projects that:

  • Seek to meet identified new or emerging women’s or girls’ issues identified by research
  • Leverage additional support from other sources
  • Promote cooperation among organizations without duplicating services
  • Use a preventative approach to solving problems
  • Show evidence of realistic organizational planning and management
  • Will be completed within a year’s time.

Organizations may present one request per application, and are not encouraged to submit more than one request.
Grants in successive years are not encouraged.

Grants made in 2014:

  • Inspire Innovation Lab "Breaking the Mold: Tidbits magazine for area teen girls"
  • Jeremiah Program "Personal Empowerment Training"
  • The Chamber "Women Connect"
  • Tri-College University "NEW Leadership Development Institute"
  • United Way of Cass Clay "35 Under 35 Women's Leadership: Mentor Connect Pilot Program"
  • YWCA Cass Clay "Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) Initiative"

Grants made in 2013:

  • CHARISM "Habits of the Heart"                                                                     $4,000
  • Legal Services of NW MN "Empowerful Program"                                           $5,000
  • Tri College University "Scholarships for NEW Program"                                 $1,700

The application form can be accessed here:    Women's Fund Endownment Grant Application

Download the Women's Fund Grant Guidelines HERE

2015 Grant Deadline is Friday, May 1, 2015

For more information, contact Lexi Oestreich at


Status of Women and Children in Cass and Clay Counties

Cass/Clay Women's Status

Key Findings