The Village Secures $2.3 Million Donation: Fargo Businessman Mike Marcil Inspired by Creating a Lasting Legacy

The Village Family Service Center, a multispecialty human services nonprofit organization based in Fargo, North Dakota, received the largest donation in the organization’s history. Inspired by The Village’s Second Century Initiative, an effort to secure the financial future of the organization, Mike Marcil (not affiliated with Forum Communications), a North Dakota native, real estate developer and longtime Village advocate, recently finalized the $2.3 million gift. The donation, made in conjunction with The Empowerment Project Foundation, includes 92 acres of prime commercial and residential development land in Arizona.

“This idea of using real estate in conjunction with philanthropy to sustainably fund nonprofits is an idea that Gary Wolsky, the longtime CEO of The Village, and I have been working on for over five years,” said Marcil. “This model could be transformational by allowing investors, developers and other holders of real estate to creatively partner with nonprofits like The Village in a way that makes great financial sense and also provides a long-term legacy in the process. I decided to make my first donation significant enough to encourage others in a similar position to consider real estate gifting strategies in their philanthropic planning. My hope is this will be the first of many such projects inspired by The Village and Gary’s forward thinking.”

“I’ve known Kathy Marcil, Mike’s mother who is an addiction counselor, for many years and watched her son Mike as an innovative business person who cares deeply about organizations like The Village,” said Wolsky, who transitioned to a new position with The Children’s Village Family Service Foundation in 2016. “Over the years, we have discussed meaningful and creative ways private individuals and companies can impact organizations like The Village. It is exciting to see that vision come to reality.”

“I’m pleased to start my tenure with The Village,” said Doug Vang, The Village’s new CEO and president. “I thank Mike for making this milestone donation that will help ensure a lasting legacy for our programs, as it provides an extensive boost to our Second Century Initiative. I look forward to working with Mike well into the future.”

The donated property includes water rights and a water distribution business that will be marketed for sale. The proceeds from the sale will make a difference in the lives of The Village’s clients for years to come by supporting its programs, namely adoption services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nokomis Child Care Centers and First Step Recovery.

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About The Empowerment Project Foundation: In 2013 Mike Marcil and his longtime business partner established The Empowerment Project, a North Dakota nonprofit organization designed to support issues related to child care, homelessness prevention and education scholarships. To be more effective the organization decided to consolidate its mission and giving strategies around well-established organizations like The Village and completed that process at the end of 2016.

About The Village Family Service Center: The Village is based in Fargo, and has 20 offices in North Dakota and Minnesota, providing a range of services designed to help children, families and individuals live happier, healthier lives. Village programs and services include counseling, Fargo-Moorhead Big Brothers Big Sisters, financial counseling, a truancy intervention program, in-home family therapy, The Village Business Institute, First Step Recovery, adoption services, pregnancy counseling and Nokomis Child Care Centers. For more information about The Village, visit