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Recovery Fund distribution at one-year mark continues long-term rebuilding efforts
With a widely-used expense reimbursement program completed, the Minot Area Community Foundation plans to continue using donated funds to benefit long-term rebuilding in the region. Over the last nine months, Community Foundation staff and volunteers spent hundreds of hours sending out three rounds of notification letters to reach the more than 4,000 families or individuals impacted by the 2011 Mouse ...

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Give360 and DTAM Bring the Magic City Discovery Center to Minot!


Minot, N.D. - Give360, a giving circle of the Minot Area Community Foundation, has been working for two years to bring a children's museum to Minot. Through a recent partnership formed with the Dakota Territory Air Museum, Give360 will be able to utilize space within the Dakota Territory Air Museum's facility to house Phase 1 of a children's museum, which has been named the Magic City Discovery Center: Museum without Walls. The group plans to have the Magic City Discovery Center open throughout the months of November - March, with more information on times and events to be announced at a later date.

Wendy Keller, Give 360 President, states "We need to offer more family-oriented activities for young families in the Minot area. We want the best of both worlds…to maintain the great quality of life that North Dakotans are accustomed to and to offer the attractions often found in large cities."

Excitement for a children's museum in the Minot area has been steadily building, prompting Kathleen Neset of the North Dakota Petroleum Council to lend her support for the Magic City Discovery Center, remarking "I will be encouraging the oil industry to support this project and other projects like this in western North Dakota as it enhances the quality of life for the very workers and their families building our energy industry - and our communities."

According to the Association of Children's Museums, it takes an average of 5-7 years to open a full-scale children's museum; therefore, Give360 has decided to start small by creating a "Museum without Walls" with the help of the Dakota Territory Air Museum where activities and play dates will be organized to acquaint the community with what a children's museum is all about, which is learning through interactive play.

Give360 has been able to secure funding from the North Dakota Community Foundation's Minot Community Endowment Fund ($33,000), Minot Area Community Foundation's Mike & Dorothy Dolan Fund ($33,000), and dollars raised through the Give360 Color Dash, which is expected to top $30,000.

According to Don Larson, DTAM President, "The Dakota Territory Air Museum is proud to be an integral part of helping to make the Magic City Discovery Center: Museum without Walls a reality in our community."



Signature Projects

At the Minot Area Community Foundation, we have been busy working with area partners to invest donor dollars in high-impact, community projects. Since January 1, 2013, the Foundation has invested $1,154,750 into a wide variety of initiatives aimed to improve our area's quality of life. Check out this great story that was featured on KXMC (http://www.kxnet.com/story/25479186/amphitheater-is-signature-project) and our list of signature projects for more details!

Minot Area Community Foundation
Signature Projects since January 1, 2013
Total Impact: $1,154,750


$460,000 to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center for construction of a new transitional living facility: Minot Area Rebuilding Fund

$110,000 to MAYSA Arena for the third ice rink expansion: $25,000 Mike & Dorothy Dolan Endowment Fund and $85,000 Bremer Impact Fund

$100,000 to the Minot Park District for construction of a new amphitheater in Oak Park: $75,000 Minot Area Rebuilding Fund and $25,000 Private Donor

$83,000 to the Minot Park District for the Centennial Park Woodland Trail and Souris River Recreational Access Plan: Minot Area Rebuilding Fund

$77,700 to Mennonite Disaster Services for volunteer support to rebuild Minot: Minot Area Rebuilding Fund

$50,680 to Minot Commission on Aging to fund a new nurses' station in the Parker Senior Center: Mike & Dorothy Dolan Fund

$50,000 to the Minot Park District to fund a study and business plan for a recreational center servicing the Minot area: Roger & Delores Odell Endowment Fund

$50,000 to Christ Lutheran Church to rebuild Katie's Kitchen: Arnold I. Besserud Endowment Fund

$45,000 to the Minot Park District to fund concept drawings for Oak Park and Roosevelt Park Zoo: Minot Area Rebuilding Fund

$40,520 to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center for construction of a children's playroom in the new safe home: Power of the Purse

$30,000 to the City of Minot to replace flood-affected Amtrak benches: Minot Area Rebuilding Fund

$22,850 to the Burlington Recreation Commission to rebuild the Burlington Playground: Minot Area Rebuilding Fund

$19,000 to the YMCA for the Community Fitness Park: Mike & Dorothy Dolan Endowment Fund

$16,000 to the Minot Park District for the Rotary Planting Hope project: Minot Area Rebuilding Fund





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