With the funds they raise, grants they give and the work they do, local Foundations are making South Dakota stronger in very tangible ways. Our mission at the South Dakota Community Foundation is bringing philanthropy to life for a stronger South Dakota. SDCF is honored to partner with local Foundations across the state to celebrate and spread the word on the difference we’re all making together.
Below is a collection of some of the good things local Foundations and South Dakota Community Foundation are doing for a #StrongerSouthDakota!
When community members connect, good things happen. Rosebud community members with the Lakota Food Sovereignty recently attended a trip to the Greenhouse located in Alliance, NE. A former postal worker designed and built the greenhouse powered by geo-thermal energy so he could grow citrus trees and other food all year round.
Thanks to funds from the SDCF, the REDCO (Rosebud Economic Development Corporation) Community Food Sovereignty Initiative was able to arrange trips to other organizations working on local food sovereignty, healthy eating, and community engagement.
Celebrating culture—like independent films—connects people. The kind folks with the Black Hills Film Festival received $10,000 from the South Dakota Fund grant program for their Tenth Annual Film Festival event. They were able to secure great programming and promote South Dakota filmmaking.
Western Senior Services operates a Meals on Wheels program, delivering hot, nutritious meals to 20 communities throughout western South Dakota. Volunteers drive to deliver healthy lunches to feed 965 people every weekday. Western Senior Services received funds from SDCF to put toward a new commercial delivery vehicle, making their operation run even more efficiently.
The Good Shepherd Clinic is a nonprofit celebrated their 11th year providing free medical and emergency dental care in Spearfish. They serve the uninsured of the Northern Black Hills. Good Shepherd Clinic is one recipient of the South Dakota Fund grant.
The Faith Area Community Foundation gave grant funds to Faith SPEC Softball for making improvements to their local softball complex.
The United Methodist Church in Faith received a grant from the Faith Area Community Foundation. They put their funds to use by donating books to children in the area, contributing to rural education in our region. All kids in the Faith School system grades K-6th were given books.
Nordby Exhibit Hall offers a venue throughout the year for local weddings, 4-H events, Wheel Jam specialities, meetings and much more. Huron Community Foundation supports Nordby Exhibit Hall which builds connections among community members.
The Huron Senior High School is a spot that offers entertainment to students as well as keeps them safe. Huron Community Foundation contributes funds to the school to benefit special occasions like prom.
Huron Community Foundation invests in the Huron Community Campus, a community school offering an affordable way to receive secondary education with state accredited courses.
Splash Central is a place for all ages to take part in pool activities on hot, sunny days. The town of Huron enjoys pool attractions like the Master Blaster, the Free Fall Drop Slide, and the Lazy River. Splash Central benefited from grant funds from the Huron Community Foundation, one of 80 community savings accounts (CSA) in partnership with SDCF.
The Huron Community Foundation sponsored a bus wrap to spread awareness for their mission to invest in the future of their area.
“We’re helping children develop skills and plant seeds for their own growth while also having a big picture impact.”
— Julie Garreau, Cheyenne River Youth Project Founder & CEO
Thanks to grants and strategic planning assistance from South Dakota Community Foundation and private philanthropists alike, CRYP can provide healthy food, growth and learning opportunities, and a positive sense of community to the people of the Cheyenne River Reservation.
The Britton Area Foundation CSA provides funding for their community. Without the fund, the community would struggle with financing for important projects and cultural events.
A CSA helps small towns remain prosperous and strong.
We awarded Lakota Funds, a community financial institution at the Pine Ridge reservation, two grants to fund education and affordable housing. Both grants help fund important assets for a strong community.
Bon Homme Heritage Museum is a free museum housing many articles and items of county history for Tyndall. The Tyndall Community Foundation helped fund repairs for the historic museum recently. The museum features writing from Maxine Schuurmans Kinsley thanks to a kind donation.
Tyndall Community Foundation worked with Tyndall Development to put together a public meeting where they discussed housing needs. Stakeholders and participants met for dinner at the Corral to review survey results from a housing study made possible through a grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation.
Thanks to their generous donors, the Tyndall Community Foundation was able to fund their city park project. The city park of Tyndall is a great place for kids to play on the playground equipment or catch fish from the pond!
Tyndall is ready to play ball with their new baseball field! Baseball fans are welcome to cheer on their team while enjoying snacks from the concession stand. Shout out to the Tyndall Community Foundation for putting the "fun" in funds!
Starting a fund with SDCF gives donors a chance to create a lasting impact for their community. Through the Tyndall Community Foundation, donors have made a big difference for the area.
Tyndall Prayer Garden is one example. Special thanks to the Tyndall Community Foundation for making this peaceful place possible!
Watchpuppy Pre-School & Kids Konnection in Beresford was awarded a grant by Beresford Community Foundation to build a comprehensive Outdoor Exploration Center for both pre-school and after school summer programs. It was designed to bring the the community of Beresford together to encourage outdoor education for kids and their families.
Beresford Community Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Beresford Baseball/Softball Association to build shade structures at the baseball fields. These structures will provide sun and foul ball protection to make the game experience more enjoyable for all families who come to watch for years to come.
When you donate to a local community savings account like Beresford Community Foundation, your money can truly make a lasting impact.
The Beresford Area Arts sponsors a concert series to give their community 6-8 free concerts during the summer. Thanks to the Beresford Area Foundation in partnership with SDCF and community donations, BAA was given a grant of $3,000 to partially fund the concert series and bring the community of Beresford closer together.
The Centerville Area Foundation hosted 80 golfers in the annual Four-Person Scramble Golf Tournament last month! The tournament took place at the Glenridge Golf Course near Irene, SD.
Centerville Area Foundation sponsored the Kiddie Pedal Pull during Tornado Days last month! Boys and girls, ages 4-12, had the opportunity to show their strength by riding a small pedal tractor and pulling a weighted wagon behind them.
The best three pullers in each age group went home with a trophy as well as a chance to go on to the State Pedal Pull in Mitchell, SD in early autumn.
Centerville Area Foundation awarded a grant to the Centerville Arts Council to help fund this year's play of Pinocchio.
Every year, community members become actors for a week to help put on a production. These funds help make a difference for Centerville by bringing people together for entertainment and fun for the entire community.
Community savings accounts in partnership with SDCF can help non-profit organizations give back to communities in life-changing ways.
Miller Area Foundation, one of 80 community savings accounts in partnership with SDCF, granted money to the non-profit organization, We Care Prayers & Squares. This group of women get together and crochet prayer blankets for anyone in the Miller/Polo/Orient communities suffering from cancer and life changing conditions.
In this video, We Care Prayers & Squares thanks Miller Area Foundation for the grant. We extend that same gratitude to the local CSA board members and non-profits for helping make South Dakota a better and stronger place for everyone.