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Burgum Foundation does not limit funding to specific grant categories.  Rather, the Foundation relies on general Interest Areas to guide its grant making. We are most focused on the following general Interest Areas:


Support for exceptional programs that improve educational opportunities and quality of instruction for students in rural communities and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mental Health Services in Rural Schools

To support the need for mental health access in rural school districts, Burgum Foundation has partnered with rural school districts, the United Way, and the Village Family Services to increase access for students needing mental health services. The partnership brings a mental health professional on site, within the school, which eliminates the transportation barrier in many of these rural communities.

Teacher Leadership Academies

Teacher Leadership Academies in North Dakota are collaborations between local districts and NDSU to offer a Master's degree in Educational Leadership for teachers. Since 2014, numerous school districts have benefited from this on-site program. TLA students complete their degrees in five semesters; this program serves schools across the state and every academy is taught in the context of the local district.


Support for effective programs offering assistance to those in need of a healing, faith-based community and those organizations that create hope and a sense of community in areas that needs it most.



Support for programs that encourage people to take risks and seek opportunities that create value for themselves and others.

Burgum Foundation makes grants only to nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Most of our grants are limited to organizations located in North Dakota or serving the people of North Dakota