Disaster Fund

The Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties has been activated in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

The purpose of this fund is to collect donations to support organizations in Cass County, N.D., and Clay County, Minn., in the weeks and months following a community crisis or disaster. The FM Area Foundation created the Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties in 2017. 

We are currently accepting donations to help meet needs of the nonprofit sector impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are providing an initial $25,000 into the fund with the anticipation of adding more as things progress. Grants will be awarded to qualified organizations serving vulnerable populations in our community. Grants will not be given directly to individuals.

Gifts made to the Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

How to Donate:

Give online: Community Response Fund of Cass and Clay Counties.

Send a check to the FM Area Foundation office with "Community Response Fund" noted in the memo line. Mail to:

FM Area Foundation
409 7th St. S
Fargo, ND 58103

Disaster Philanthropy

The FM Area Foundation is the region's community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds. The Foundation has been serving the Cass Clay region through philanthropy since 1960. 

The FM Area Foundation is one of 23 community foundations across the Midwest participating in the Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency, and Emergency Partnership (PPREP) since 2014. The program provides resources, learning and best practices to help participating foundations build their skills and leadership capacity for better preparation in the event of a disaster.

Community foundations bring unique attributes to disaster work, notably their capacity to efficiently pool and distribute funds from donors to help the community recover in both the short and long term. They also have the ability to bring together service providers, community-based organizations, businesses, government and others when an immediate, effective and coordinated response is paramount.

PPREP is a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

The FM Area Foundation is also a member and fiscal sponsor of the Cass Clay Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

As communities begin the long process of recovering after a disaster—when the media are gone and attention has shifted to other pressing matters—community foundations can provide leadership and support to local communities in the recovery process.

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities