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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!


Lower Brule Research Institute Students During Summer Program in South Dakota

Lower Brule Research is a nonprofit that identifies community issues, and then answers questions raised through scientific research. During the summer of 2017, students built an experimental solar powered aquaponics system, partially funded by a South Dakota Fund grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation. This learning opportunity gave middle and high school students a chance to address important community issues on health and sustainability.


Fallout Creative Community Center Members in Aberdeen South Dakota

The Fallout Creative Community Center is improving their facility to inspire local creativity. They encourage creative outlet for youth, seniors and the disabled.The $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant will go toward updates to their new home for the arts.


Sisseton Master Plan Round Table Meetings Funded By South Dakota Community Foundation Grant

At quarterly round table meetings by the Sisseton Master Plan, individuals from local organizations and the community came together to touch base on progress. The South Dakota Community Foundation awarded GROW South Dakota a Community Innovation Grant to provide support for these meetings. 

First Impressions Tour in Sisseton South Dakota

Funded by a community innovation grant from the SD Community Foundation to GROW South Dakota, the First Impressions Tour "sparked" a new appreciation for the progress they have made in the Sisseton community. 


Bone Bed Elevator Donation at The Mammoth Site in South Dakota

SDCF awarded The Mammoth Site with a grant of $20,000. Funds were put toward a broader set of stairs and an elevator to allow people with mobile disabilities to proceed up or down along the tour route within the bone bed section. The expanded stairs and elevator access allow visitors freedom in learning about the Ice Age and what South Dakota was like over 140,000 years ago. 


Native American Girl Making Ceyaka Tea at Community Event

Todd County Middle School students learned how to make ceyaka tea. Ceyaka is a wild mint used as traditional medicine for healing purposes. The Lakota Food Sovereignty hosts educational events like this for community members wanting to attend, learn and connect. 

Lakota Food Sovereignty from Rosebud South Dakota

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. 


Black Hills Film Festival

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.


Good Shepherd Clinic Nonprofit Volunteer Giving Immunizations in Spearfish South Dakota

Volunteers run the Good Shepherd Clinic to provide dental and health care to Spearfish. Their volunteer roster is made up of nurses, physicians, dentists, greeters, pastors, and administrative assistants, with 20 volunteers serving each week. Good Shepherd Clinc relies entirely on donations and grants. SD Community Foundation donated $20,000 in grant funds to support the expansion of their adult immunization program for eligible patients and ongoing clinical expenses. 

Good Shepherd Clinic in Spearfish

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. 


Faith Softball Complex Donation Grant Funds From Faith Area Community Foundation

The Faith Area Community Foundation gave grant funds to Faith SPEC Softball for making improvements to their local softball complex. 

United Methodist Church Gave Books to Faith School Kids

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. 

Huron Senior High School

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 Campus

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 in Huron

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. 

Huron Community Foundation Bus Wrap

The Huron Community Foundation sponsored a bus wrap to spread awareness for their mission to invest in the future of their area.


Cheyenne River Youth Project

“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. 


Britton Area Foundation

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.


Oglala Lakota Children's Justice Center Grant

Oglala Lakota Children's Justice Center will conduct conversations over an eight month period in several Pine Ridge Reservation communities. Findings will be used to build reports and resources to ultimately improve the lives of local children. The Oglala Lakota Childrens Justice Center is a recipient of the Community Innovation Grant (CIG). Grant funds help to facilitate their goal of engaging community members in addressing the needs of children and youth in their communities.

Lakota Funds

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 County 4-H Building Grant Given in South Dakota

The members of the Tyndall Community Foundation Board presented representatives of Bon Homme County 4-H with a grant of $15,000. Grant funds are put toward the brand new 4-H building, roughly a 9,100 square-foot building currently under construction in Tyndall.

Tyndall Community Foundation Supports Tyndall American Legion with Grant in South Dakota

The Tyndall Community Foundation supported the Tyndall American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars with a $1,000 grant for building repairs to their roof. This community building is home to many meetings for Tyndall organizations and groups. 

Tyndall Community Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Giving the gift of education through a CSA provides a chance for passionate students to pursue higher education. The Tyndall Community Foundation awarded two scholarships of $500 each to two Bon Homme High School graduates, Emily Cap and Jessica Nestor. 

Centennial Public Library Statue Donation From Tyndall Community Foundation

The Tyndall Community Foundation provided a grant to the public library to assist with funds for the pictured statue. The statue recognizes the 100th year centennial of the public library in their community.

Bon Homme Heritage Museum in Tyndall

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 Development Housing Study Public Meeting

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.

Tyndall City Park Pond

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!

Tyndall Prayer Garden

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. 

baseball game
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.


Centerville Four-Person Scramble Golf Tournament

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.

Kiddie Pedal Pull Race Winners in Centerville, 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.

Centerville welcome sign


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.