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MDU Resources foundation

MDU Resources is committed to supporting the communities where we operate. We believe our success is directly related to a healthy social and economic environment.

Through the MDU Resources Foundation, we share our success and help our neighbors make our communities better places to live and work.

The MDU Resources Foundation was incorporated in 1983. We’re proud of its record of supporting qualified organizations. We hope the foundation’s efforts will continue to have a positive impact in our communities.

About Us

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$ 1 M+
In Scholarships Awarded
$ 1 M+
In Grants to Charities and Organizations
Years of Philanthropy
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The MDU Resources Foundation will contribute only to institutions, organizations and programs recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as qualified recipients of foundation contributions. Generally, contributions are restricted to organizations qualified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Primary consideration is given to charitable institutions, organizations and programs within the geographic areas where member companies conduct business.

The MDU Resources Foundation will consider requests in the following categories:

Activities We Do Not Fund

Generally, no consideration will be given to private individuals, athletic, labor, fraternal, political or lobbying or to regional or national organizations without local affiliation. Requests seeking endowment funds will receive low priority and, as a rule, the foundation will not consider concurrent contributions to a single grant recipient.

While the foundation has on various occasions made contributions to support staffing and ongoing operating expenses and purchasing hospital equipment, such requests will receive low priority. Organizations and hospitals are encouraged to submit requests that support new programming needs that are unmet by regular operating expenses.

The foundation generally does not fund 100% of a project’s total cost and encourages requestors to solicit financial assistance from other sources as well.

Economic development requests are not a focal point of the foundation. Requests for loans, venture capital, participation in loan pools, etc. will not be considered by the foundation and should be directed to the appropriate MDU Resources operating company. All other requests that do not fit within the guidelines of the foundation shall be the responsibility of the foundation’s member companies.

How To Apply

To be considered for a grant, all requests must be in writing and include the following information:

A completed grant request form, including the name and address of the organization or charity.

Name, address, email address and telephone number of contact person.

A copy of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determination letter indicating tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC); or evidence of eligibility under Section 170(c)(1) of the IRC. Organizations described in Section 170(c)(1) of the IRC are the United States, a possession of the United States, any state, the District of Columbia or any political subdivision thereof. Political subdivisions include counties, cities, school districts and park districts. Contributions are allowable if they are used exclusively for public purposes.

Purpose or use of requested grant.

Other requested information, including a list of officers and board of directors, budget for organization or project, and program or project brochures.

Completed grant applications can be submitted several ways:

Email or send via regular mail to the local company office

Mail to
MDU Resources Foundation
Attn. Cory Fong
P.O. Box 5650
Bismarck, ND 58506-5650

To be considered for funding, all grant requests must be submitted no later than Oct. 1 of the year prior to the year for which funding is being sought.


The foundation operates on a calendar-year budget, and the Board of Directors meets in January of each year to approve the annual budget and to conduct other business. All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application following the Board of Directors Annual Meeting in January.

For more information, contact MDU Resources Foundation President & Director Cory Fong at [email protected] or 701-530-1700.

MDU Resources Foundation Annual Report

This report provides more information about the MDU Resources Foundation and its work.