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

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement’s mission is to "inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy." JA enriches the school day with an outside perspective by connecting local industry professionals to classrooms, where they share their career experience and offer a hands-on curriculum that teaches entrepreneurship, workforce readiness and financial literacy. JA empowers students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world.

In Bismarck-Mandan we impact 3,000 students annually by collaborating with 200 community volunteers who bring expertise from the workforce. Our most intensive program (JA Company Program) unlocks a high-schools students’ ability to fill a need or solve a problem in their community by launching a business venture. Students discover by doing that they are adaptable, creative, collaborative, and capable of making a difference.