NDAD awards at least one $5,000 Gibbens Memorial Grant annually to an agency/organization to be used for a health, welfare, social service or educational purpose for at-risk populations.
The grant was originally created in memory of Faye Gibbens, NDAD’s co-founder and longtime client program services leader who died in 2014. The grant's name was amended in 2021 to additionally honor the memory of Ron Gibbens, who died in May of that year. Faye's husband of 49 years was co-founder, board president and retired chief executive officer.
Inspired by their son, Mike, who was born with cerebral palsy, Faye and Ron built NDAD from a small Grand Forks parental support group to a statewide charitable nonprofit helping North Dakotans with a variety of disabilities and health challenges.
The group took root and gained official status in 1975 as the North Dakota Association for the Disabled, then became a 501c(3) charity the following year. The Gibbens' passion was to provide assistance to individuals in need. In addition to information and referral, NDAD's client services grew to include direct financial assistance, a free equipment loan program, and various other services.
Learn about the winners of the second-round 2022 grants HERE.