Farm Rescue receives challenge grant to build capacity

Farm Forum

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting, harvesting and haying assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, has been awarded a grant for $445,564 from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The grant funding will be used to build capacity and develop long-term sustainability for the one-of-a-kind Farm Rescue program.

The grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust is the largest multi-year funding Farm Rescue has received since its inception. The grant provides funding for increased capacity at Farm Rescue to better serve farm families in need through strategic and development planning, and the creation of a development officer position. The Trust has pledged $190,000 over the next three years in the form of a two-to-one matching grant as a challenge for Farm Rescue to broaden its base of support.

Farm Rescue is requesting all individuals, businesses and foundations that have considered supporting Farm Rescue to donate at this opportune time. New donations will be matched two-for-one, and as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, donations to Farm Rescue are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

“We are very thankful for the generosity and foresight of the Helmsley Charitable Trust in helping us build organizational capacity and long-term sustainability,” Bill Gross, founder and president of Farm Rescue stated. “The two-for-one matching component is a strong incentive for individuals and businesses to see their donations maximized.”

“Farm Rescue has continued to grow and serve more farm families in need,” said Walter Panzirer, trustee. “We want to ensure Farm Rescue has the tools they need to seek partnerships which will allow them to better serve farm families in the upper Midwest.”