DLAF?announces local grant recipients

Staff reports

The Devils Lake Area Foundation Distribution Committee met on December 20, 2010 and distributed $25,165.36 in grants from the general fund for area charitable purposes.  Rose Johnson, Secretary of the DLAF, commented "The Foundation is pleased that local organizations have been so effective in putting the grants to good use."  The following is a list of those who received grants: College Care for Kids, Dakota Oyate Lutheran Church, Devils Lake Blue Line Club, Devils Lake Community Band Corporation, Devils Lake Heim Lodge #178 Sons of Norway, Devils Lake Public Schools Development Fund, Lake Region Public Library    , Marketplace for Kids – Region 3, Mercy Hospital of Devils Lake,     Minnewaukan Public Library, PATH ND, Ramsey County 4-H, Prairie Heights/The Odd Fellows & Rebekah Home, Senior Meals and Services and the Valerie Merrick Memorial Library.

These grants are made possible by the earnings from gifts to the Devils Lake Area Foundation.

The DLAF is a charitable community foundation.  It was established in 1975 by the Community Development Corporation of Devils Lake to provide a method for philanthropy.  The first donation in 1975 was shares of stock with a value of $6,700.  Hundreds of donations (such as $10 memorials) have been made over the past 30 years and the total of all of the endowed funds has grown to $3,799,648 as of November 30, 2010.

Gifts from charitable-minded members of the Devils Lake community are put to work to generate earnings that can be distributed for worthy charitable purposes that advance our civic, educational, cultural life, health and general welfare in the Devils Lake area.  As these gifts are accumulated in the DLAF endowment funds, DLAF is able to help the community more with each passing year.  The income generated from these endowed funds is distributed to nonprofit organizations in the Devils Lake Area.  Since 1975, the Foundation has distributed $1,334,157 in grants from the general fund to nearly 190 local nonprofit organizations.  

DLAF is governed by the Community Development Corporation, while the Distribution Committee is responsible for reviewing the grant applications.  The members of the Distribution Committee are appointed by community organizations.  The current members are Rev. Bruce Dick (Ministerial Association), Douglas Broden (Kiwanis), Kevin Davidson (Rotary), Eric Boren (Chamber of Commerce), Gary Lochow (Community Development Corporation), Amy Heilman (Lake Region Community Fund), and Lynda Pearson (District Court Judge).  Each member serves a 5-year term.  The DLAF Distribution Committee accepts grant applications in May and November each year.

For more information: Visit www.devilslakeareafoundation.com, e-mail  dlaf@ramseybank.com  or call Rose Johnson, secretary of the Foundation, at 662-5547 Ext. 5252.