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Posted by Andrea Nelson on 04-11-2019

2019 Community Grant Round Recipients

Part Two of Four

They Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation is happy to announce the recipients of our 2019 Community Grant Round. Thanks to generous donors and a successful fundraising event last fall we were able to award $34,750 to thirteen nonprofits in Barnes, Griggs and Ransom Counties. Four of the nonprofits received funding through two donor advised funds.

Joe & Kim Burns Family established a Donor Advised Fund to support the needs of local first responders and utilized the 2019 Community Grant Round to determine their awards. Kim Burns, a native of Barnes County says “we have been very blessed to be in a position to assist others in need.” Burns continues, “Our decision to fund first responders comes from our daughter's role as an EMT. We learned through her that most EMT servicers operate on a shoe string budget and many responders view their job as a calling. This is our way of showing respect and support for these dedicated individuals.”

City County Health District’s request of $5,000 was fully funded through the Joe and Kim Burns Family Donor Advised Fund ($4,000) and the Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation ($1,000).  Funds for the project allows CCHD to purchase 15 AED units that will be place in our rural communities and high traffic areas currently lacking an AED.  “Thanks to this funding opportunity, we are able to help our community become more completely “cardiac ready”, offering our facilities and businesses the ability to purchase an AED at a lower cost than they could if each purchasing separately.” said Theresa Will, Administrator, City County Health District.

Sisters of Mary of the Presentation’s request of $750 was also fully funded through the Joe and Kim Burns Family Donor Advised Fund. This allows them to establish first response equipment on the Maryvale premises which includes an AED and supplemental oxygen and supplies. “As a regional retreat center and far from EMS personnel, it is important that we provide a safe environment for our guests at Maryvale” said Gail Pederson, SPRN, HN-BC at Maryvale.

George and Audrey Gaukler Family Foundation also awarded funds through the Community Grant Round to local nonprofits.

Abused Persons Outreach Center was awarded $5,000 to support direct services provided to meet the immediate needs of victims and their children of domestic violence and sexual assault. “We can’t thank the foundation enough.” Said Kasey Skalicky, Director of APOC. “Your support creates opportunities for victims, survivors and their children at a time when many feel they have limited or no options.”

Education Foundation for VCPS- Access For All Program received $5,000 to support onsite school-based-mental health services to the students of Valley City Public School.

The Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization that brings together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in Barnes, Ransom, and Griggs Counties.   For more information on the Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation or contact us at 701-490-1596.


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Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation
Andrea Nelson, Director
250 West Main Street
Valley City ND 58702

Phone: 701-490-1596
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We are stewards of a way of life, investing in its people and helping to shape its future.
We are so thankful to have people in our community who care about the needs of our students as well as an opportunity to collaborate with the Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation.Shari Larson, director of the Education Foundation for Valley City Public Schools
Andrea Nelson, Director
250 West Main - PO Box 724
Valley City, ND 58072
Phone: 701-490-1596