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About Community Foundation

Our goal is to make philanthropy simple for anyone and everyone who wants to give toward the common interest of improving the quality of life in our community.

Charitable Giving Solutions

Many people want their advisors to raise the issue of philanthropy, but how do you know when— and how— to bring the subject up?

Our Professional Advisor Partners

Our community has benefited from the incredible generosity of many people in Fargo, Moorhead, and the surrounding area. Thank you to our Professional Advisor Partners who have chosen to work with the FM Area Foundation to help achieve their clients’ philanthropic and financial goals. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and your clients to help make our community a better place.

The following professional, legal and financial advisors have helped one or more of their clients set up a charitable fund or make a planned gift through the FM Area Foundation. We want to acknowledge their work on behalf of charitable giving in our community. Thank you!

  • Amy Kuronen
  • Ann Pecka
  • Becky Walen
  • Bobby Phillips
  • Beth Renner
  • Brad Kelley
  • Nicolas Vogel
  • Carol Nelson
  • Charles Feste*
  • Connie May
  • Dan Battcher
  • Dan Plambeck
  • Dorwin Marquardt
  • Fred Borstad
  • Jacob Geiermann
  • Jan Nelson
  • Jessica Foss
  • Jill Klose
  • John Borland*
  • John Traynor
  • Jon Simmons
  • Kacie Schulz
  • Kelly Steffes
  • Kenneth Norman
  • Kyle Barlow
  • Linda Magnuson
  • Mark Giddings
  • Marshall McCullough
  • Mary Locken
  • Matt Bushard
  • Matt Engen
  • Michael Hannaher*
  • Mike Dow
  • Mike Richards
  • Nathan Anderson
  • Neil Jordheim
  • Nicki Kungel
  • Pam Ness
  • Patrick Kautzman
  • Paula Swanson
  • Ramona Johnson
  • Richard Gast
  • Robert Rosenvold
  • Roger Sullivan*
  • Ron Nomeland
  • Russ Boyle*
  • Sandy Korbel
  • Shannon Gephart
  • Stephanie Strand
  • Stephen Astrup
  • Steve Halverson
  • Steven Aakre
  • Steven Nelson
  • Susan Johnson-Drenth
  • Thomas Wold
  • Tim Richard
  • Tom Heilman
  • Toni Sandin
  • Wendell Herman
  • William Guy III


If you’d like to learn how to become a Professional Advisor Partner, please contact Lexi Oestreich at


Show your support

For over 60 years, the FM Area Foundation has worked hand in hand with individuals, families, businesses, professional advisors, and nonprofits to create funds that support our community. We manage more than 500 charitable funds, each with specific objectives or catering to the community’s most pressing needs.

You have the power to make a positive impact in two ways. You can donate to one of our 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

"We established a donor-advised fund to consolidate assets that will be used for charitable purposes. Doing so has management and tax advantages that make our dollars go further in helping others.”

Ron & Nancy Saeger Donor

“Given charitable giving impacts everything - investment planning, taxes, and estate planning, a holistic approach where someone understands the big picture is often helpful.”

Steven Nelson Prairiewood Wealth Managment

“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

“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

"The FM Area Foundation goes above and beyond to help our mission thrive! They have been instrumental in helping us serve so many local families with access to furniture, and are a wonderful asset to us and our community. We are incredibly grateful for their support!"

Jordan McCormick Furniture Mission of the Red River Valley

Contact Our Staff

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