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Midco Foundation Awards $100,000 to Groups in 30 Communities

Sept. 27, 2016 – Sioux Falls, SD: The Midco® Foundation, the charitable arm of the Midco family of companies, continues to invest in the future of the communities it serves. This fall, it awarded $100,000 in grants to 65 nonprofits, schools and government organizations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The Foundation board, comprised of Midco employees, reviews and approves funding requests to charitable entities twice a year. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $3.7 million to causes within its service area. Some of this year’s grantees include

  • African Communities United in Sioux Falls, SD: $2,000 for a job training program for refugees and new Americans
  • YWCA of Minot, ND: $1,700 for surveillance cameras in the women and children’s homeless shelter
  • Chisago City Fire Department in Chisago, MN: $1,000 to purchase equipment to stabilize vehicles and structures

“Midco is committed to investing in the communities in which we live and work,” said Wynne Haakenstad, Director of Programming for Midco and Chairperson of the Midco Foundation. “We know that our long-term success is directly linked to the success of our customers and the communities we serve, and we’re pleased to be able to support these 65 organizations that are doing such great work in their communities.”

The Midco Foundation encourages nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves to apply for future grants for special projects, facilities improvements, equipment and programs. Review the requirements, criteria and application at Midco.com/Foundation. Applications for the spring 2017 grant cycle will open on October 1, 2016 and will be accepted through January 10, 2017.

The following list details the organizations receiving fall 2016 grants:

Minnesota
  • Chisago City: Chisago City Fire Dept., $1,000
  • Elysian: City of Elysian, $2,000
  • Fairmont: Caregiver Response Effort & Camp, $1,000
  • Moorhead: ACT Up Theatre, $1,000
  • Mora: City of Mora, $1,000
  • Sartell: Boy Scouts of America Central Minnesota Council, $1,000
North Dakota
  • Belfield: Belfield Park Board, $1,500
  • Beulah: Beulah Park District, $1,000
  • Bismarck: Center for Technology & Business, $1,600
  • Bismarck: Gateway to Science, $1,800
  • Bismarck: Liberty Elementary School, $1,000
  • Bismarck: Missouri Slope Areawide United Way, $1,000
  • Bismarck: Missouri Valley Family YMCA, $1,500
  • Bismarck: Northridge Elementary School, $2,000
  • Bismarck: Tracy’s Sanctuary House, $2,000
  • Bowman: Southwest Healthcare Services, $1,200
  • Cooperstown: Cooperstown Community Activities Authority, $2,000
  • Devils Lake: The Village Family Service Center, $1,000
  • Dickinson: Western Wellness Foundation Inc. dba Best Friends Mentoring, $1,000
  • Fargo: Fargo Fire Department, $2,000
  • Fargo: Fargo Youth Hockey Association, $1,500
  • Fargo: Greater Fargo Economic Development Corp., $1,000
  • Fargo: Mind Shift, $2,000
  • Fargo: Northern Prairie Performing Arts dba Fargo Community Theatre, $1,000
  • Fargo: Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area, $2,000
  • Fargo: Shanley TV & AV Club, $1,000
  • Fargo: The Prairie Den, $1,000
  • Fargo: YWCA Cass Clay, $1,500
  • Grafton: Century Elementary School, $1,800
  • Grafton, Christian Unity Hospital dba Unity Medical Center, $1,500
  • Grand Forks: Grand Forks Central High School Engineering Technology Club, $1,500
  • Grand Forks: University of North Dakota, $2,500
  • Hillsboro: Traill County, $1,000
  • Minot: Domestic Violence Crisis Center, $1,700
  • Minot: Independence, Inc., $1,600
  • Minot: Minot Literacy Volunteers, $1,000
  • Minot: Trinity Health Foundation, $1,500
  • Minot: Young Women's Christian Association, $1,700
  • Raleigh: Prairie Learning Center, $1,000
  • Rolla: Rolette County Public Health District, $1,000
  • Rolla: Rolla Volunteer Fire Department, $2,000
  • Wahpeton: North Dakota State College of Science Alumni Foundation, $1,000
  • Wahpeton: Someplace Safe, $1,000
  • Williston: James Memorial Preservation Society, $1,000
  • Williston: Williston Salvation Army, $1,500
South Dakota
  • Aberdeen: Bethesda Home of Aberdeen, $2,600
  • Rapid City: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills, $2,000
  • Rapid City: Youth & Family Services, Inc., $1,100
  • Sioux Falls: Affordable Housing Solutions, $1,500
  • Sioux Falls: Africans Communities United, $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: American Red Cross Eastern SD, $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: Anne Sullivan PTO, $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: Big Paws Canine Foundation, Inc., $2,500
  • Sioux Falls: Butterfly House & Marine Cove, $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: Independent Living Choices, $1,400
  • Sioux Falls: Lutheran High School of Sioux Falls, $2,000
  • Sioux Falls: Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, $10,000
  • Sioux Falls: McCrossan Boys Ranch, $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: REACH, $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: University of Sioux Falls, $1,000
  • Sioux Falls: Volunteers of America, Dakotas, $1,000
  • Sturgis: Sturgis Community Preschool, $1,000
  • Watertown: Boys & Girls Club of Watertown, $1,000
  • Waubay: City of Waubay, $1,000
  • Yankton: Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, $1,000

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