Basic Human Needs

Building ladders out of poverty

This grant round is closed for 2019.

The Fargo-Moorhead area has experienced tremendous growth in the past decade, bringing about many new opportunities and businesses to our region. However, many community members continue to face hardships like homelessness, finding quality, affordable childcare, treating mental health issues, or worrying about their next meal.

Many local nonprofits are providing assistance and support to those in need. Our goal is support them through our Basic Human Needs grant round.

More than $5.6 million given in the last 10 years to support organizations focused on building ladders out of poverty.

Grantee Stories

These are just a few examples of how our generous donor’s gifts are being put to work in the community through our grantees.

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Rebuilding Together Receives Grant for Repairing Homes and Improving Lives

Rebuilding Together transforms the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our community.

A retired 27 year National Guard veteran of Fargo completed an application with Rebuilding Together in February of 2015. His social security and pension benefits barely cover his monthly living expenses leaving him little extra to repair his home of …

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Community of Care Receives Grant for Volunteer Program

Community of Care, a nonprofit in Cass County, focuses on caring for people by partnering with rural communities.

Community of Care’s goal is to assist older adults in rural Cass County remain in the homes they love and cherish as long as is safely possible.

Their Volunteer Program provides transportation to medical appointments, yard work, minor home repair and friendly visits. In 2015, they ha…

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REACH-Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters Receive Grant for Imagine Hawley Thriving

REACH is a multi-agency human service center serving primarily individuals and families in rural Clay, Becker and Norman Counties in Minnesota. 

A comprehensive community wide mental health education effort was launched by REACH in collaboration with Imagine Thriving. Resources were developed and distributed widely throughout Hawley that helped spread awareness of the importance of mental wellnes…

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Grant Recipients

  • Basic Human Needs Grant Recipients 2019

    Organization Name Project Name
    Apple Tree Dental Hawley Center Expanded Rural Dental Care in Northwestern Minnesota
    Bridgepointe Community Church Bridgepoint Community Church Food Pantry
    Churches United for the Homeless Combined Technology Needs
    Community of Care Volunteer Program
    Down Home Down Home
    Emergency Food Pantry 4th Work Station
    F5 Project New F5 House
    Family Healthcare Behavioral Health Telehealth Pilot
    New Life Center Aftercare Housing Program
    Fraser, Ltd. Transportation-Food-Vital Document Funds for At-Risk Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness
    Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota Northwest MN Immigration Project
    Jasmin Childcare Childcare Assistance for Those in Need
    Jeremiah Program Pathways to Prosperity for Two Generations
    Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Dakota Blitz 3:10 3 Homes, 10 Days
    Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership Economic Empowerment Programs
    Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota Kids Legal Aid Work
    ND Autism Center AuSome Kids Day Program
    PATH North Dakota Independent Living Program
    Presentation Partners in Housing A Place to Call Home
    REACH- Rural Enrichment REACH Food Pantry Expansion Project
    Rebuilding Together Rebuilding Clay County
    Red River Valley Dental Access Project General Operating Support
    Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley Share-A-Night
    Scottish Rite Speech and Languages Center for Children FREE Speech Therapy for Children 2-7 Years of Age Who Have Speech Defects of Delayed Speech Problems
    ShareHouse Foundation Recovery Living
    Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency Emergency Housing Stability Assistance
    Women Initiative Network of Liberia WIN-Liberia Community Education
    YWCA Cass-Clay YWCA Kitchen Appliance Needs
  • Basic Human Needs Grant Recipients 2018

    Organization Name Project Name
    CCRI, Inc. Life Enrichment Program
    Children's Dental Services Dental Care for Infants and Pregnant Women in the FM Region
    Churches United for the Homeless Moving to Low-Barrier Practice
    City of Dilworth Asbestos Removal for Habitat for Humanity Site
    Community of Care Volunteer Program
    Emergency Food Pantry Technology Upgrade
    Family HealthCare Access to Denture Care
    Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation Critical Needs Program
    FM Dorothy Day House Emergency Shelter Program
    Fraser, Ltd. Transportation and Personal Care Items for At-Risk Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness
    Handi-Wheels Transportation General Operating Support
    HERO Local Programming
    Imagine Thriving Access to Care Fund
    Immigrant Law Center of MN Northwest MN Immigrant Project
    Jeremiah Program Moving Families From Poverty to Prosperity Two Generations at a Time
    Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity 2018 Habitat Homes
    Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota Kids Legal Aid Work (KidsLAW)
    New Life Center The After Care Program
    Outdoor Adventure Foundation Making Dreams Come True
    Presentation Partners in Housing Continuum of Housing Support
    Rape and Abuse Crisis Center General Operating Support
    REACH General Operating Support
    Rebuilding Together Rebuilding Together Success Pack Project
    Ronald McDonald House Charities Share-A-Night
    Scottish Rite Speech & Languages Free Speech Therapy for Children 2-7 Years of Age
    Southeastern ND Community Action Agency Emergency Housing Stability Assistance
    The Village Family Service Center Love and Logic Parenting Group
  • Basic Human Needs Grant Recipients 2017

    Organization Name Project Name
    A Place For Hope: Recovery and Wellness Center Stable Lives Through Social Connections
    Apple Tree Dental Hawley FM Area Dental Workforce Project
    CCRI, Inc. Life Enrichment Program
    Children's Dental Services Dental Care for Under-Served Children and Pregnant Women in Fargo-Moorhead Region
    Churches United for the Homeless Increasing Housing Stability
    Community of Care Volunteer Program
    Emergency Food Pantry Safety and Security Improvement 
    Family HealthCare Access to Denture Care
    New Life Center Next Steps Program
    FM Dorothy Day House Emergency Shelter Program
    Fraser, Ltd. Basic Needs for At-Risk Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness
    Handi-Wheels Handi-Wheels Transportation
    HERO Local Programming
    Jeremiah Program A Two-Generation Solution for Moving Families from Poverty to Prosperity
    Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Hero Build
    Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership Workforce Development Program
    Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota Pathways to Prosperity
    ND Autism Center General Operating
    Rape and Abuse Crisis Center General Operating
    REACH Family Support Program-Youth Mentoring
    Rebuilding Together Critical Care Program
    Red River Children's Advocacy Center Video Conferencing Equipment for Case Reviews
    ReGroup HOPE for Parents in Recovery
    Ronald McDonald House Charities Share-A-Night
    SENDCAA Project Support
    ShareHouse Security Improvements
    YWCA Education and Employment Program