Bismarck Recreation Council

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The Bismarck Recreation Council (BRC) was formed as the foundation and fundraising arm of Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) in 1984. BRC, governed by a board of directors, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that contributes to the betterment of the community by supporting the development of recreational programs and facilities in Bismarck.

Capital Campaign Success

For 40 years, donations to BRC have helped fund numerous capital campaigns, including upgrades to the Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, the addition of Wachter Arena and improvements at Capital Ice Complex, and the expansion of Cottonwood Park’s softball fields, trails and playgrounds. These enhancements were made possible with funds raised by volunteers working through BRC, as well as collaborations with other agencies and businesses.

Endowment Fund for the Future

The BRC Endowment Fund, established in 2013, accepts gifts from individuals, businesses and organizations interested in making a permanent impact in our community by supporting the future of public parks and recreation. The purpose of the fund is to support Bismarck Parks and Recreation District recreational programs and facilities, focusing on youth activities and scholarships. Donations are invested and only earnings from the fund will be used.

We gratefully acknowledge all donors to the BRC Endowment Fund.

Join Us: Inaugural BRC Golf Scramble – June 18, 2024

Learn about the many ways to contribute to the fund below.

Download the BRC Endowment Fund Donation Form. Thank you for considering a donation today!


Endowment Giving Options
Cash Gifts: Pledges of cash donations may be made by donors over a period of years.
Life Insurance: Donors may name the BRC Endowment Fund as the owner and beneficiary of a previously existing or new life insurance policy. Donors may receive an immediate tax deduction and all premium payments made by donors thereafter may also be deductible.
Appreciated Securities or Real Estate: Gifts of appreciated securities and real property may provide tax advantages to donors who have held assets for a long period of time. The full fair market value of such gifts may be deductible as a charitable contribution.
Bequests through Wills and Estate Planning: Planned giving allows donors to make a meaningful gift to an important mission while also providing tax and estate benefits. There are many ways to name the BRC Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in a will or estate. After providing for relatives and friends, donors may choose to give a percentage, a specific amount or all remaining assets to the BRC Endowment Fund. Through this process, donors can make a lasting gift and may also reduce the taxable portion of an estate.


North Dakota Endowment Income Tax Credit

North Dakota residents and businesses may qualify for a 40 percent state tax credit on the value of their gift to the BRC Endowment Fund, even for those who don’t itemize. Gifts from individuals must be a minimum of $5,000 (lump sum or aggregate) in one year. See N.D. Century Code 57-38-01.21 and consult your attorney or tax advisor for details.


All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Donors are encouraged to consult their attorney or tax advisor before making contributions. Nothing on this webpage is intended to provide legal or tax advice.


For More Information

Call Kevin Klipfel at 701-222-6455 or email BRC to learn more about how you can invest in the future of parks and recreation in Bismarck. We would welcome the opportunity to visit.