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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Nelson

Celebrating 5 Years of the Litchville Fire Department Endowment Fund

At the Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation, we take pride in celebrating milestones that reflect our commitment to supporting and enhancing the quality of life in our communities. Today, we are honored to shine a spotlight on the fifth anniversary of the Litchville Fire Department Endowment Fund, a testament to the generosity and dedication of our donors and our rural firefighters.


Established in 2019, the anonymous donor was inspired by a moment when the department responded to assist a woman in urgent need of medical care. This event underscored the challenges faced by rural firefighters, from battling grass fires to handling chemical spills and responding to farm accidents. Yet, despite these challenges, these responders continue to serve as the backbone of our rural communities, offering unwavering support to neighbors, friends, and fellow community members in times of crisis.



Tony Bruse, Chief of the Litchville Fire Department, expressed heartfelt gratitude for the generosity of the anonymous donor who started the endowment fund. He emphasized how the fund allows the department's ability to address equipment needs and provides an annual stream of funding, thereby enhancing community safety.


Managed and invested by the Sheyenne Valley Community Foundation, the Litchville Fire Department Endowment Fund provides annual distributions to support essential improvements in the department's operations and capabilities, including equipment upgrades and ongoing training. This sustainable approach ensures that the fund continues to make a meaningful impact for years to come, honoring the donor's intent and passion.


Contributions to the Litchville Fire Department Endowment Fund offer a unique opportunity for supporters to make a difference while maximizing tax benefits. Through the North Dakota Charitable Income Tax Credit, individuals can reduce their state income tax liability by up to 40% of their donation of $5,000 or more, offering a meaningful way to support the community while maximizing tax benefits.


We invite you to join us in celebrating the five-year milestone of the Litchville Fire Department Endowment Fund and consider how you can contribute to its continued success.


Together, let's honor and support our rural heroes.

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