Our Approach

The Tom & Frances Leach Foundation, Inc. is committed to sustaining vibrant, healthy communities where all people have the opportunities and means to achieve their dreams and make a positive difference in the world. Through our grants, we support effective organizations that are creating significant, lasting and transformational change either through smart and innovative responses to today's needs or through systematic solutions that address the root causes of economic and societal challenges.

The Foundation provides single and multi-year grants to support nonprofit organizations through direct program funding and general operating grants, as well as endowments, scholarships and capital campaigns. A significant portion of our grantmaking is geographically focused in the Bismarck-Mandan area and Western North Dakota.


A quality education is the foundation for self-sufficiency, preparing young people for success in life.

Educational Opportunities

Our education goal is for all of North Dakota's children, regardless of the socio-economic status, to be equipped with the building blocks for lifelong learning and healthy social-emotional development. We support high-performing schools and evidence-based programs that have the capacity to make dramatic educational gains for all students. Our commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities spans from early childhood through secondary education.

Grantee Highlights

Boy Scouts

The Mission of the BSA is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, Cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."

The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and is a volunteer led and professionally guided youth serving organization focused on comprehensive youth development for children from kindergarten to the age of 21. Our programs are age appropriate and emphasize personal growth, self-reliance, ethical decision making, respect for others and environmental responsibility. The Northern Lights Council annually serves over 5,100 youth through more than 2,000 volunteers supported by a staff of 21.

Northern Lights Council serves all youth with Cub Scouts for boys and girls Kindergarten - 5th Grade in single gender packs or co-ed packs with single gender dens; Scouts BSA for boys and girls 11 – 17 years of age in single gender troops; Exploring/Venturing are co-ed programs focusing on careers/special interests for youth 14 - 20 years of age. Service is provided to 12 counties in NW Minnesota, all of North Dakota and two counties in each of Montana and South Dakota.


Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons

At Girl Scouts we believe in every girl's potential to meet today's problems with bold solutions and create a better, brighter tomorrow. Our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place has inspired every generation of girls and young women since Girl Scouts began 110 years ago – including in North Dakota.

Today, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience encourages girls to embrace their unique strengths and create their own opportunities from the time they enter kindergarten until they graduate from high school. Program content is age-appropriate offering girls multiple learning experiences to develop their academic and social skills through hands-on activities guided by Girl Scout professionals and trained volunteers. From outdoor adventures to exploring careers in STEM and other professions, girls gain the tools to empower themselves for a lifetime of leadership and success.

In the past year alone, 3,000 girls across North Dakota discovered how they can make a difference in their communities and the world by collecting food and clothing for shelters, building dog parks, improving playgrounds and so much more. We at Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons applaud their achievements and welcome girls of all ages to join their peers in this life-changing program.