August 29, 2022




Grand Forks, ND – The Myra Foundation awarded $820,110 dollars of charity support at the end of 2021.  Grants were distributed to 74 Grand Forks County nonprofit organizations which was the Foundation’s largest funding round in its 80-year history.


The organizations that applied for and received funding last year include schools, health care organizations, rural development groups, social assistance organizations, arts groups, and many more.  Applications for 2022 awards are due November 1 and can be found under the tab, Apply Online.


2021 also brought changes to the Myra Foundation Board of Trustees.  After ten years of service, Kent Cronquist resigned as a Trustee of the Foundation due to retirement and a move.  His years of involvement with the Myra Foundation are greatly appreciated.  John Botsford, president of the Myra Foundation adds, “Kent devoted ten years of dedicated service to the Foundation and helped guide us through the most significant reorganization in the Foundation’s 80-year history.  His background in agriculture and law were invaluable as we liquidated the Myra land holdings and converted the corpus of the Foundation to investable assets.  We are grateful for his service and very proud to have him as a Trustee.  But, as one door closes, another opens.”

Replacing trustee Cronquist is Tracy A. Kennedy, attorney and partner at Zimney Foster P.C.  Kennedy has a long history of involvement with the Special Olympics.  “The Myra Foundation's direct support of our community is amazing,” says Kennedy. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as one of the trustees and to see firsthand all of the wonderful community projects that the Myra Foundation supports."


Established in 1941, the Myra Foundation was created from the estate of John E. Myra and was the first private charitable foundation of its kind in the State of North Dakota.  To date, over $11.5 million in grants have been awarded for charitable, character building, and educational purposes.  

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