Community Fundraisers, NDAD Program Focus Of Forum Communications News Feature

Front page graphic and part of Grand Forks Herald article Jan. 6, 2013, about community fundraisers. NDAD’s Community Fundraiser program was the focus of part of the article.

NDAD’s Community Fundraising Program is part of the focus of veteran Grand Forks Herald reporter Stephen J. Lee’s Sunday front-page centerpiece package, “When bad things happen, good people often step in.”

The article also discusses some non-NDAD fundraising efforts of late, including several started following highly publicized tragedies. You can read it on here: .

There’s an accompanying sidebar article that offers some highlights of NDAD’s program, which is intended to aid people with disabilities and other serious health challenges:

NDAD client services director Leslie Stastny is one of the people interviewed for the main article. Another, Mike Blake, a professor of jazz studies and applied percussion at the University of North Dakota, received a heart transplant in the 1990s. He recommends NDAD’s Community Fundraiser program, which he said helped him considerably.

Mike Blake, a heart transplant recipient, was the subject of an NDAD-sponsored fundraiser in the 1990s. (Photo:

NDAD’s Community Fundraiser Program has helped individuals and families throughout North Dakota and some living along the northwest Minnesota border with North Dakota.

Learn more about that program — and others the charitable nonprofit provides — at, or call toll-free 1 (800) 532-NDAD (-6323). NDAD’s Grand Forks office is at 2660 S. Columbia Road, on the ring road that circles Columbia Mall.

This NDAD’s Areavoices site includes featured articles about individuals and families who have been the focus of 2012 fundraisers.

There’s more about the Community Fundraiser program below:

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If you have ever considered organizing a fundraiser for someone dealing with a disability or other serious health challenge, know that help is available.

It comes in the form of NDAD’s Community Fundraiser program.

NDAD, a charitable nonprofit, acts as custodian of the funds raised. Funds can be used to help the individual with medical and other urgent needs and expenses. This can include help covering doctor, clinic or hospital bills, paying pre-existing bills; health insurance premiums. It also can be used for essential, non-medical day-to-day general living expenses.

All funds raised – 100 percent — are spent on the client’s needs. It’s a service NDAD has provided across North Dakota for the majority of its 37 years. References are available.

The program benefits come in other forms, too:

* NDAD is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, meaning any funds donated to NDAD in the fund drive recipient’s name qualify as a charitable donation and are deductible for donors who itemize. Funds donated to bank accounts that are not under federal 501(c)(3) statuses are not deductible donations.

* Donations directly to a needy individual may cause that person to lose eligibility for various public assistance programs that are based on income. With NDAD serving as fund custodian, the funds raised should not affect eligibility for public programs.

* NDAD allows the client to use the bank of his or her choice to hold all funds that are raised. NDAD tracks all funds raised and expenses paid. The client, family member or representative can bring in the donation, and NDAD will provide the necessary accounting functions.

* Approved bills must be submitted to NDAD, where they will be paid with donated funds — a service that can be of great relief to individuals or families dealing with overwhelming situations. If clients are at medical facilities out of town for long periods of time, it also can be a great convenience.

* NDAD’s long reputable service in North Dakota may be a factor when potential donors consider whether to contribute to a fundraiser. In addition to NDAD’s safeguards for fund use, each fund withdraw must be authorized by a fund drive chairperson.

Also, NDAD provides marketing and consulting expertise to help with fundraisers, including creation and copying of fliers, letters or other publicity that can help contribute to a fund drive’s success.

NDAD’s Community Fundraisers has helped many in need, and it can help someone you know. Learn more by calling (701) 775-5577 or toll free 1 (800) 532-NDAD. Learn about other recent NDAD-sponsored fundraisers at