MDU Favors Social Services, Schools, Community Development

Funder: MDU Resources Foundation; Opportunity: 2017 grants; Funding Focus: Education and human services; Geographic Focus: National (where the company has a presence); Eligibility: Nonprofits, counties, cities, school districts or park districts; Funding: Varies; the foundation made about $2.2 million in awards last year; Deadline: Oct. 1 (The foundation operates on a calendar-year budget).

Summary: Priority goes to organizations in areas where member companies conduct business. The five focus areas are: (1) Health& Human Services; (2) Education (including private secondary and higher-education institutions); (3) Civic & Community Activities; (4) Culture & Art (including art funds and councils) and (5) Environment.

Completed applications and supporting materials should be submitted to the local MDU Resources office unless directed otherwise.

Other Funding

The company’s Employee Matching Gift Program will match contributions made by employees of MDU to educational institutions on a 1-for-1 basis from $50 to $500 per employee, per year and on a 1-for-2 basis for contributions over $500.

Info: website); Rita O’Neill, foundation manager, MDU, 1200 W. Century Ave., P.O. Box 5650, Bismarck, ND 58506-5650; rita.o’; or call at: 701/530-1000.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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