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McKenzie County Community Foundation (MCCF) Awards Grants


January 9, 2019 | View PDF

Front Row L to R: Jan Dodge, MCCF; Karrie Stansfield, WCES K-2 Principal; Karolin Jappe, McKenzie Co Emergency Management; Shannon Wellen, Watford City Police Foundation; Karlie Huygens, Watford City Police Foundation; Desiree Sorenson, MCCF; Deb Wisness, MCCF. Back Row L to R: Josh DeMorrett, Conoco Phillips; Travis Bateman, Arnegard Fire Department; Sandy Rieker, Pioneer Museum; Hayley Moe, First Lutheran-Community Thanksgiving Meal; Peter Bazin, Conoco Phillips; Daniel Stenberg, MCCF. Not Pictured: Jessie Veeder Scofield, Long X Arts Foundation; Sandy Rieker, Pioneer Museum; and Gordon Kent Ellis, Marketplace for Kids

The McKenzie County Community Foundation, in partnership with Conoco Phillips, provided granting gifts for seven local programs and projects in December of 2018.

Recipients were:

Arnegard Rural Fire-Purchase Trauma Gear

Marketplace for Kids-materials for Watford City event

First Lutheran Church-Free Community Thanksgiving

McKenzie County Emergency Management-Project ALICE

Watford City Police-Blue Santa

McKenzie County Pioneer Museum-Children's Program

Long X Arts Foundation-Art in the Park

Grant requests of over $52K were received and that was up 50% from 2017. "We wish we could have done more," says Marcia Hellandsaas, MCCF committee chair, "but we are working to grow the endowment for our county, so in future years, we can become a bigger responder to area service needs that improve our quality of life. A big help this year was a matching gift from Conoco Phillips, which allowed us to help with an additional $5272."

Peter Bazin, Williston ConocoPhillips Operations and Maintenance Superintendent, expresses his support of MCCF granting efforts, "At ConocoPhillips we pride ourselves on contributing to the communities where we live and work through charitable giving, employee volunteerism, sponsorship and civic leadership. We're proud our contribution to the McKenzie County Community Foundation has helped fund 7 grants for the county."

MCCF is a permanent endowment established to improve the quality of life in McKenzie County. Each year earnings of the fund are awarded as grants to priority projects.

Donations to the fund can be of any amount and can be given as memorials, from estates, or they can be outright gifts. Gifts from individuals over $5000 and from companies of any minimum qualify for the North Dakota Income Tax credit of 40%. Yearly maximums apply. Please ask for details.

For more information please go to, or contact Marcia Hellandsaas at 701-444-3451 in Watford City.

Anonymous gifts maybe made by contacting the NDCF development director at [email protected]


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