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 almost 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 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. Donations are invested and only earnings from the fund will be used.

Monetary gifts in any amount may be designated for a general or specific purpose. Examples include upgrades to existing parks or facilities, acquisition of new park properties, construction or improvement of existing facilities, or development of new programs.

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


Endowment Giving Options
Cash Gifts: The most convenient way of participating is a cash donation. Pledges may be made over a period of years.
Life Insurance: The Endowment Fund may be named as the owner and beneficiary of a previously existing or new life insurance policy. The donor may receive an immediate tax deduction and all premium payments made by the donor thereafter may also be deductible.
Appreciated Securities or Real Estate: Gifts of appreciated securities and real property may provide important 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 Estates Planning: Planned giving is an excellent way to make a meaningful gift to a mission you support and, at the same time, receive tax and estate benefits. There are many ways to name the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in a will or estate. After providing for relatives and friends, a donor can choose to specify that a percentage, a specific amount or all of the remaining assets be given to the Endowment Fund. Through this process, the donor is able to achieve a lasting gift and also reduces the taxable portion of an estate.


North Dakota Endowment Income Tax Credit

North Dakota residents, businesses and financial institutions may qualify for a 40 percent tax credit on the value of their gift to the BRC Endowment Fund. Your gift must be a minimum of $5,000 – lump sum or aggregate in one year.


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 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.