2024 Partner Agencies

MSA United Way supports 30 local nonprofit programs working to create lasting change in the Bismarck-Mandan community. 

Bismarck Public Schools Head Start Program provides children ages 3-5 with comprehensive preschool services in the areas of health, education, social services, and parent involvement. Head Start children learn early math concepts, literacy, arts, and music and movement activities. They develop school readiness and social skills, which help them to become independent, inquisitive, self-confident learners and have a lifelong love of knowledge. 701-323-4400

Burleigh County Senior Adults Program
Burleigh County Senior Adults Program provides services to individuals age 60 years and older.  BCSAP receives United Way funds to provide meals and basic health maintenance services to keep aging adults independent and healthy. 
Community Cupboard of Underwood
A food pantry open to all residents of McLean County. 701-595-0320
Crisis Care Chaplaincy (formerly Bismarck Law Enforcement Chaplaincy)
Crisis Care Chaplaincy serves the community by helping those in the community during stressful times in their lives. 
Dacotah Foundation - Bismarck Mandan Mentor Squad
Bismarck Mandan Mentor Squad (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters) makes a positive difference in the lives of youth through a professionally-supported one-to-one mentoring relationship with a caring adult. 701-223-4517
A partnership between Sanford Health and the Missouri Valley Family YMCA. Making health and wellness accessible to everyone in Bismarck and Mandan, Family Wellness is a place where everyone can thrive!
Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons offers girls from kindergarten through high school the opportunity to become leaders in their community. For more information, contact the Northwest District Office in Bismarck at 701-223-4525.
Great Plains Food Bank serves children, adults, and seniors living with or at immediate risk of hunger by providing access to (free) shelf-stable and perishable foods and grocery products through their partner network of charitable feeding programs. 701-751-6188
Missouri Valley Family YMCA
Missouri Valley Family YMCA is a nonprofit organization that exists to serve the community through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. 
Provide health and nutrition services to the citizens who are 60 years or older in Morton and Oliver counties of ND. Services include congregate and home-delivered meals and health maintenance services.  701-663-6528
The Northern Lights Council, Boy Scouts of America is a comprehensive youth development program for boys and young men ages 7-20 and young women ages 14-20. 701-223-720 
TR 4 Heart and Soul is a therapeutic riding program that specializes in physical, cognitive, and riding goals of individuals with special needs and at risk youth. 
Welcome House, Inc.
Welcome House is a faith-based agency serving homeless individuals and families in the Bismarck/Mandan area.
Youthworks provides a comprehensive array of services for at-risk youth, young adults and the parents of at risk-youth and young adults. 701-255-690

Strong Partnerships Lead to Strong Results

MSA United Way leadership believes that strong partnerships lead to strong results. True partnerships get the job done efficiently and effectively. MSA United Way collaborates, fundraises, and supports 30 local nonprofit programs in the greater Bismarck-Mandan community. Many more partners work closely with our United Way to solve local issues without receiving United Way funding. Our partners span across both the public and private sectors.


United Way Partnerships

  •  We turn your philanthropic dreams into reality by offering meaningful impact opportunities.
  • Many businesses help to raise 60% of our campaign funds through workplace campaigns.
  • The business community supported our Day of Caring with 829 volunteers and in-kind donations for 50+ projects.
  • Businesses sponsor the weekend UW Backpack program, paying for half of the cost of food and packing and delivering the bags to schools.
  • Many businesses have signed on for naming opportunities through a capital campaign gift paid over 5 years.
  • Food drives, toy drives, volunteers, Giving Tree tags – the list goes on and on.
  • West Central Human Services often provides onsite case management support at our Center for Opportunity to address mental health and addiction needs.
  • Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health assists with NARCAN training, onsite with flu shots and COVID vaccines, as well as nutrition education and healthy activities for children and youth staying at our Center.
  • The City of Bismarck offers Winter Preparedness classes for residents, has held food drives, and often passes through HUD homeless funding through CDBG. 
  • The ND Housing & Finance Agency provides a $70,000 grant to assist with shelter operations.
  • More than 17 organizations come onsite to our shelter to provide services such as housing assistance, ID assistance, employment, counseling, and case management.

Funded Partners

Many partners receive funding, volunteers, in-kind contributions through Day of Caring events and United Way led community-wide drives, such as diapers, wipes, food from food drives, May Day baskets, opportunities to present at local businesses during the United Way campaign, and are often highlighted on UW’s social media. 

Agency applications go through a rigorous review process by community impact volunteers and board members. The process was designed by board members to ensure your donor dollars have the greatest return on investment.


How to Become A United Way-Funded Agency

The spirit of the Agency Agreement is one of complete cooperation between the agency and United Way to best serve the residents of our community. 

  • Align with the community impact agenda set by the MSA United Way Board of Directors through community forums, needs assessments, and  stakeholder conversations
  • Demonstrate measurable outcomes and results
  • Report program data and impact quarterly
  • Are incorporated as a not-for-profit in ND, comply with all state and federal rules, and have clearly defined by-laws
  • Submit an application, program data, financials, and an annual independent audit
  • Agree to not adversely affect United Way
  • Participate in annual needs assessments and problem-solving conversations with United Way
  • Agree to site visits and 1:1 meetings with United Way Community Impact volunteers and leadership
  • Participate regularly in United Way Agency meetings (COUWA)
  • Participate in United Way’s Day of Caring annually 

**To be notified of our next funding round, please email admin@msaunitedway.org