Learn What Causes These 5 Local Businesses Support

Written by: Brady Drake

Nodak Insurance Company


“Giving back to the community is a big part of our corporate culture. Each year, we look for more opportunities to strengthen our connection to our communities, whether it’s financially or lending a helping hand. We support a variety of local organizations that address food insecurity, housing, poverty, health and well-being, and education.

Our charitable philosophy is two-fold. We want to benefit as many people as possible and make an impact on both a local and statewide level. In 2020, Nodak Insurance supported over 30 charities in North Dakota.

Donating to organizations like Great Plains Food Bank, the Red Cross, Carson Wentz’s AO1 Foundation or Farm Rescue is a good fit for us. They are on the front lines of helping people and it is our duty, as a good corporate citizen, to help support our communities.

This year, three charities were chosen for a donation in honor of our 75th anniversary. Those charities–Ronald McDonald House, 4 Luv of Dog Rescue and the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, were the top charities our employees donated to during the recent Giving Hearts Day. We took their lead and made an even greater impact with our anniversary donations.

Nodak Insurance has a longstanding partnership with the United Way of Cass-Clay. It is a great way to reach agencies they support. We appreciate that our employees across the state can contribute to United Way and those dollars are spent in their communities. Volunteer activities like Day of Caring and the school supply drive encourage team building for our employees too, which is an added benefit. The United Way does outstanding work which makes it easy for our employees to give.

Our charitable giving does not stop with monetary contributions. Our employees have participated in Meals on Wheels each Wednesday for the past 20 years.

Employees are the heartbeat of our company. They give of their time, talent and resources to make the Fargo area a better place to live.”



“At Roers, one of our core values is community. A strong community is important for ensuring future success, no matter what it’s for. We stay involved in various ways with the United Way through different events like the Chili Feed, School Supply Drives, Day of Caring and various committees. We believe in their vision of making the community better and providing opportunities for those in need. We also volunteer with Box of Balloons and Friends of the Children. These organizations are focused around children and provide them such a great experience, uplifting them whether it’s for a special occasion or for a long period of time as a mentor. Making a positive impact on children can lead them to great possibilities as they grow older and become active in our community.

It’s so important to give back by giving our time to those who give back to the community directly. Giving back and giving often, is what Roers believes in.”

Two Men and a Truck

Franchise Owner

“In her first year of business, Founder Mary Ellen Sheets made $1,000 profit and donated $100 to 10 local charities in Lansing, Michigan. Since then, Two Men and a Truck has made a core value out of “Giving Back To the Community.” Through fulfilling this core value, we’ve come across many non-profits that have been amazing to work with and have inspired us to continue giving. Three that stick out are the YWCA, Furniture Mission of the Red River Valley and Open Doors-65.

We are very proud of our partnership with the YWCA, who’s mission “… is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.” The YWCA supports victims of abuse and poverty when they need it most. The staff there is all very compassionate and works hard in their representation of these ladies! YWCA offers many kinds of assistance aimed at helping women live free and happy, and we’re honored to donate the items from our Mover’s for Moms campaign to them every year.

Furniture Mission of the Red River Valley is a faith-based non-profit that has a very cool mission. They accept donations of lightly used furniture and then warehouse it to be regifted to people coming out of crisis. They are supporters of the YWCA, providing furniture for people’s first apartment after escaping traumatic situations. They have also gifted furniture for victims of fires and floods. They have been an amazing resource for us and our customers as well by providing an alternative to sending items to the landfill.

Another charity that we’ve had the opportunity to get to know is Open Doors-65. They provide “…hope and help to those in need, serving people of all ages and backgrounds,” and do their best “…to be a blessing to everyone who comes through our doors.” We were able to see them in action and were very impressed with how kind everyone there is. Like Furniture Mission, they too collect donated items to be regifted or sold at the thrift store. Earlier this year we had the pleasure of moving them into a new space, and we look forward to seeing what they can achieve with the new space!”

Great North Insurance Services


“We support a number of local non-profits financially, through volunteerism and sharing their message in our agency or through our social platforms. We are committed to non-profits that support local families in our community. We also believe in reviewing the financials of the non-profits that we financially support to ensure that expenses are not administratively heavy. We want to be sure the dollars we invest in local organizations are reaching those in the most need.

A few of the non-profits we support are the YWCA Cass-Clay, The Great North Pole, The Great Plains Food Bank, Creative Care for Reaching Independence (CCRI), and the Little Red Reading Bus of West Fargo. These organizations promote education, help with basic needs and support some of the most vulnerable in our community. There are so many amazing opportunities to give/invest in the counties of Cass and Clay. One of our team’s favorite days of the year is in February. We love the energy that comes from so many community members, businesses and individuals alike, during Giving Hearts Day. The Impact Foundation does such an amazing job boosting the efforts of our non-profit organizations and so many other community partners during Giving Hearts Day. The energy and sense of community they provide are others reasons to give. We are moved by the efforts of so many throughout the year.”

Office Sign Company


United Way of Cass Clay

We have chosen to support the important work of United Way of Cass-Clay as their mission is directed at the improvement of our community for long-term and sustainable change. We appreciate United Way’s core focus of empowering individuals from all walks of life. Their work directly impacts our community by giving backpacks to our children’s classrooms, helping our neighbors be independent and reducing homelessness and hunger. We appreciate the opportunity to support their mission of lifting up community members to succeed. United Way’s focus of coming together to change our community inspires us to become further involved each year, and we have been grateful to be a part of their work as a Live United Sponsor. We truly appreciate the opportunity for our team to engage with and support their mission in many ways, from volunteering our time to pack backpacks to producing the LIVE UNITED t-shirts to our internal donation drives.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley has always been incredibly important to us, as their support and resources are crucial to families during their children’s medical journies. Their team’s focus is on creating a home environment and feelings of comfort to aide families in some of their toughest times. Our team has been able to feel the impact of the Ronald McDonald House firsthand, as we have had family members utilize their resources. This direct connection has strengthened our ties to this important cause, and we have always appreciated the opportunity to volunteer to cook meals for families or add signage to create a more welcoming environment. Their focus on instilling hope and ensuring all aspects of life are supported inspires our team and excites us to get involved whenever we can. We are grateful to be a longstanding supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley, acting as their Official Sign Sponsor for over 5 years.

Dakota Medical Foundation – Giving Hearts Day

The team over at the Dakota Medical Foundation is truly impacting our community by uplifting non-profits and acting as facilitators to connect nonprofits with resources and individuals. We enjoy the partnership with DMF, as they have been able to dynamically connect us with causes in and outside of the Fargo-Moorhead area. Their ability to energize non-profits of all sizes has inspired us to get further involved each year. We have always prioritized giving back to the Fargo-Moorhead community, but have grown to support causes across the region as we have continued to grow. We recognize the continued substantial growth that Giving Hearts Day has each year in donation dollars and donors and are excited to see what is in store for our region in 2022 and beyond. Dakota Medical Foundation and Giving Hearts Day has been a cause that I am heavily involved with personally, as I have been able to impact causes close to my heart, such as Make-A-Wish North Dakota, while connecting with many great individuals in our community. This has allowed me and other team members to become further engaged in our community, and we are grateful to be living in a region that highly values generosity and giving back.

Alzheimer’s Association

With countless options for giving back, we always want to prioritize causes that directly impact our team and their families. We have grown connected with the Alzheimer’s Association through team members who have had family members who have suffered from Alzheimer’s. This was the initial connection to the cause, but it has been great to see how our partnership impacts their work in different ways. For example, our partnership with Alzheimer’s Association allows us to utilize our expertise and time to maximize our impact while supporting the causes that directly affect our team members.

Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce

We choose to continue to support the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, whose essential mission of building a more cohesive and empowered community amplifies the efforts of companies across the area. Their community-building efforts have strengthened our area, enabling growth from small businesses to larger corporations. We have been able to utilize the Chamber’s resources to positively impact our team and organization, and are grateful to be integrated into many components of their work. Their ability to cultivate community, build connections between businesses and provide leadership development opportunities continue to strengthen our community’s companies and individuals. The Chamber has been vital for our area’s involvement with local and state legislation to continue to improve our livelihood and those of our neighbors. We have been grateful to partner with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce as a Community Builder, and we have continued to lean on their team to better improve our business and connect with other important community efforts and members.

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Brady is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media in Fargo, ND.