HURON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CHALLENGE GRANT
This past year The Huron Community Foundation Board entered into a challenge from South Dakota Community Foundation to grow our foundation by an additional $200,000.00. If we meet our goal within three years, the SDCF will deposit $25,000.00 to HCF’s permanent endowment. Thanks to the generous support from our community we only need $16,311.00 to reach that goal. Many in our region stepped up to accept that challenge and we are confident that with your help this amount is attainable. This will allow the foundation an additional $10,125.00 in grant funds to worthy programs in our community.
Our mission is to support programs that enhance the quality of life in and around the Huron community. With the unexpected pandemic of 2020, the HCF made a decision to focus funding efforts this year on programs that provide resources during these unprecedented times. Basic needs such as food, shelter and financial stability were prioritized in an effort to help those in our community who were impacted by COVID 19. The Huron Area Senior Center Nutrition Program, The Salvation Army Food Pantry and The Heartland Region Backpack Program were among programs receiving funds. The foundation also provided funding for the Housing Rehab Program, Beadle Covid Rental Assistance Program which has helped over one hundred individuals with rent payments this year and the Small Business Recovery Loan Program which has helped 29 local businesses. The foundation also donated and delivered 4000 face masks to area non-profits with the assistance of community partner, People’s Transit.
Since it’s inception 16 years ago, the Huron Community Foundation and the named family funds have awarded over $400,000.00 in grants and COVID relief funds. We appreciate the many donors who make this possible and Craig Matthesen, the Wheeler, Entiwisle, Mencke and Schiltz Families for creating the sub funds under the auspices of HCF. As 2020 comes to a close, we want to express our appreciation for all the support and wish everyone a healthy and happy 2021. For more information about the foundation or creating a family fund please contact Steve Gohn at 354-1118 or visit our website at huroncommunityfoundation.org or check us out on facebook. Contributions can be sent or delivered to HCF at 1725 Dakota Avenue South in Huron, SD.
The Huron Community Foundation (HCF) hosted 75 members of the community at “Huron Rising – Reimagine Our Future” in September of 2019, followed by a meeting a week later to present an Executive Summary of the results.
The purpose of the visioning session was to identify community priorities that were used to create a roadmap for the Foundation, elected officials, and other Huron nonprofit organizations to prioritize funding for future Huron projects.