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Bringing philanthropy to life for a stronger South Dakota.

Every day we work to simplify the philanthropic process and make your charitable donations do more. On the one hand, we help donors take advantage of tax benefits, manage their paperwork, and stay on top of philanthropic trends and legal details. On the other, we focus on growing their charitable dollars through careful investments—so their donations can provide long-term support for charitable causes.

We administer approximately $300 million in assets for more than 850 endowed funds. We provide grants and administrative support to nonprofit organizations and serve as a philanthropic resource for donors, advisors, and nonprofits throughout the state.

The SDCF helps a variety of people, but its purpose is singular—to make South Dakota better for all generations, today and tomorrow. Since 1987, we have helped people reach their philanthropic goals and strengthen their communities.

Whether you are just beginning to learn about our mission or have partnered with us for years, we invite you to explore how we are helping to build a stronger future for the state.

South Dakota Community Foundation Mission Forward Plan - December 2018

For Donors

We help make the charitable giving process easier and more effective by setting up funds and managing charitable gifts. We are also available to give you advice on the type of charitable giving that best suits your philanthropic goals.

For Advisors

We understand that advisors want to recommend stable philanthropic organizations to their clients. We work to maintain transparency in all that we do and can connect donors with the nonprofits who will uphold their legacy.

For Nonprofits

Our partnerships with charitable organizations allow us to meet the needs of South Dakotans today and ensure their success in the future. We can help nonprofits apply for and receive grants, or set up an agency endowment fund to grow their endowment.

Our Mission

To bring philanthropy to life for a stronger South Dakota.

Our Purpose

  • promoting philanthropy
  • receiving and administering charitable gifts
  • investing in a wide range of programs benefitting the people of South Dakota

Our Values

  • Philanthropy as a preferred choice in expressing a commitment to a better South Dakota;
  • integrity, clarity and transparency in all we do;
  • empowering donors to meet the needs of South Dakotans in their own unique way;
  • strong local communities bonded through shared savings and investment;
  • building long term relationships that focus on the strength and sustainability of South Dakota.

We care deeply about the people and future of our state. You can learn more about our history, our staff, our board and our partners. You can also access our annual reports and information about South Dakota’s wealth analysis.


Contact us online or at 800.888.1842 to learn more about the South Dakota Community Foundation.

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