Kevin Dvorak, president & CEO, ND Community Foundation: How philanthropy can drive economic growth

Gardar, ND

BISMARCK, N.D. – While most community leaders focus on jobs and business development, one area that they may overlook – but shouldn’t – is the role that philanthropy and the nonprofit sector can play in a community’s vitality and growth.

What can philanthropy do for a community? Most have heard of the things that Denny Sanford has done with his philanthropy in Sioux Falls, or how Ralph Engelstad wrote the check that built the Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. But, most have not heard of the difference that philanthropy at any level can have, especially in the form of local community foundations, which capture financial resources that would otherwise leave an area.

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