Do you need help making your community better?

Strengthen ND provides a variety of technical assistance to support individuals, nonprofits, and government entities. Click below to learn more!

Commitment to Equity

Click below to learn more about how Strengthen ND approaches our work with rural and Tribal communities.

Strengthen ND in the Media

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We're all in for rural North Dakota. Are you?

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Rural Matters Initiative

Click below to learn about Strengthen ND’s work to advocate for rural North Dakota.

OUR MISSION

Strengthen ND is a dynamic, multi-faceted and well-connected organization that works across North Dakota (ND) to elevate nonprofits and rural communities to support a high quality of life and resources for vulnerable populations through community development.

CHANGING THE WORLD

Using the power of science, exploration and education

Change Network

North Dakota Change Network is a year-long program that will help you build the techniques and networks you need to make the places you live and work more inclusive.

Arts Advocacy

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Funding Opportunity Fund

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OUR SERVICES

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Board and Staff Development

Fundraising Planning

Program Design and Evaluation

Grant Making and Charitable Investments

Strategic and Organizational Action Planning

Community Succession Planning

Economic Development & Community Planning

Meeting Facilitation

Organizational Succession Planning

OUR FOCUS

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FEATURED RESOURCES

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USDA Tribal Toolkit

With this great toolkit, Tribal Governments can learn more about USDA’s programs and grants.

PESTEL Analysis

A PESTEL Analysis is an important planning tool used for understanding the external macro-level external factors that impact the working of an organization.

Funding Opportunity Database

Utilize this resource to access funding opportunities relevant to rural North Dakota!

Prioritization Exercises

Do you need an exercise to help prioritize your organization’s activities? This one is for you!

Developing a Case Statement

The questions in this tool can help guide the creation of an organization’s Case Statement.

Key Responsibilities Audit

A Key Responsibilities Audit is a simple tool that can be utilized to estimate how much time you spend working on a specific area of operations.

OUR RESOURCES

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Learning from our past, examining our present, and building a more inclusive future.

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OUR VALUES

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Megan Laudenschlager

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STORIES OF IMPACT

Meet Our Members

GRANTS AND INVESTMENTS

Our Funding Strategy

IN THE MEDIA

Learn more about our community outreach!

Strengthen ND: Pioneering Solutions Since 2015

Strengthen ND: Pioneering Solutions Since 2015

When Strengthen ND was started in 2015, we didn’t have a lot. We had no money. We had no clients. No way to make payroll. But what did we have? A whole lot of ambition, optimism, and, most importantly, a willingness to listen and learn. Eventually, months into our...

Finding home 6,000 miles away from home

Finding home 6,000 miles away from home

(AGWEEK) DICKINSON, N.D. — Barnabas Nyaaba has called Dickinson home for the past five years. It’s a lengthy 6,000-mile jaunt from his native country of Ghana, Africa — a move he’s glad he made. “I’m pretty comfortable here. I do see myself staying,” he said. As a...

Kansas City couple builds better life in Bowman, North Dakota

Kansas City couple builds better life in Bowman, North Dakota

(AGWEEK) BOWMAN, N.D. — During the great recession in 2008, Melinda Padilla Lynch and her husband Matthew were facing challenging times in their hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Jobs were few and far between, and getting by was becoming harder and harder for the...

Family and sense of home bring Idahoans to Ashley, ND

Family and sense of home bring Idahoans to Ashley, ND

(AGWEEK) ASHLEY, N.D. — Shane and Carley Peacock knew they wanted to start their own business; they’d been dreaming about it for a long time. But as residents of the fast-growing city of Boise, Idaho, the two knew it’d be an expensive, challenging and risky venture....

Hawaii native becomes ‘small-town treasure’ in rural North Dakota

Hawaii native becomes ‘small-town treasure’ in rural North Dakota

(AGWEEK) CROSBY, N.D. — North Dakota wasn’t where Jonathan Kauhako expected to live and work. “If you would have told me three years ago I’d be living in North Dakota, doing this, I’d be like sure, right, right,” said Jonathan Kauhako, owner of Hindsite Creations, a...

Pioneer spirit pulls Coloradan to a new life in North Dakota

Pioneer spirit pulls Coloradan to a new life in North Dakota

(AGWEEK) WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Like a modern-day pioneer, Sandy Rieker packed up her family and moved to the country to start a new life. But unlike the early settlers, Rieker and her family headed north, not west, 10 years ago, leaving her native Colorado and landing...

Rural Network Retreat

Rural Network Retreat

The Rural Network Retreat will be a gathering of community doers and enthusiasts from across rural North Dakota. This retreat won’t follow the typical lecture/presenter format - although, there will be a few informal speakers. We want this to be a productive day of...

Divide County Journal: Focus on Community

Divide County Journal: Focus on Community

June 1, 2021 - This is the first of a three-part report on a series of discussions held in Divide County to aid future planning and development work by the Divide County Economic Development Council.  Read the full article here.

KX News: Someone You Should Know

KX News: Someone You Should Know

April 2, 2021 - With small-town North Dakota roots, Warwick-native Megan Laudenschlager is passionate about improving her home state in any way she can.   “There’s nothing better than growing up on a farm and living in a small town, graduating with a class of five...