The first community foundation was organized in 1914 by Frederick Goff a retired judge and banker. A community foundation is a grantmaking public charity created by and for a community. It is supported by local donors and governed by a board of private citizens who work toward the greater good of the citizens in the community. Funds come from a variety of sources, including bequests and living trusts, and are invested. The investment earnings are then distributed to worthy organizations or causes. There are more than 750 community foundations in the United States and more than 1800 worldwide.
The Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation was established in 2013. The need for a local Community Foundation had been evident for many years, however this time was different. Valley City was in the beginning stages of a $16 million capital campaign project to build a new Wellness Center. This facility was designed to serve the health and wellness needs of the community and address the gaps Valley City State University was faced with in their HPER Department. The success of this project depended on the coordinated efforts of an organization to receive and manage donations. Thus the Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation was form. Since this major project, we have continued to grow and expand and developed into a community foundation that is impacting our communities through the power of philanthropy.
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Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation
Andrea Nelson, Director
250 West Main Street
Valley City ND 58702
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Donors like Charlotte Van Houten Estate, Lilian Jacobson Estate and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph and Jane Winge, who gave to the Barnes Co Historical Society Endowment Fund have made a difference in their community and provided a gift that lasts forever. They are helping to meet the needs of the museum today and for years to come.