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The South Dakota Community Foundation’s Legacy Society honors and recognizes those who have made planned gifts to the SDCF. It’s our way of thanking our donors now for their efforts to make South Dakota a better place in the future.

“One of the greatest joys in my life has been meeting generosity in the faces of South Dakotans near and far who believe that together we can transform our state…for good.” -Stephanie Judson, President and CEO

Hometown Heroes

No one knows a community better than those who call it HOME.  Since 1987, the South Dakota Community Foundation has had the privilege to work with generous people wanting to give their neighbors a better place to call HOME.  Our Hometown Heroes are a special group of people with a passion for helping communities grow and thrive.  They have played a vital role in strengthening the SDCF and the entire state of South Dakota by inspiring others to help improve the lives of others.


Christen-Larson Heritage Circle

The Christen-Larson Heritage Circle honors two very important families in the evolution and continued growth of the South Dakota Community Foundation.  Paul and the late Muffy Christen championed growth and sustainability in the communities in which they owned and operated banks.   Dale Larson and his late wife, Pat have quietly supported some of South Dakota’s greatest philanthropic endeavors for decades.  Both couples have instilled the spirit of generosity in their daughters to continue to support charitable organizations and programs that help meet basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter and education. 


Key Club Members

Professional advisors play a key role in the special stories that make up the South Dakota Community Foundation.  These advisors have earned the trust of donors writing their stories to be told today and many years from now.   These SDCF Key Club advisors continue to inspire their clients to explore ways to improve the lives of their neighbors in our state. 

What will your legacy be?

The South Dakota Community Foundation’s Legacy Society honors and recognizes those who have made planned gifts to the SDCF. It’s our way of thanking our donors now for their efforts to make South Dakota a better place in the future.

Being a SDCF Legacy Society member connects you with other like-minded donors who are interested in improving South Dakota. We hold events throughout the state each year to build relationships, celebrate philanthropy, and thank you for your support of South Dakota nonprofits and the SDCF.

Planned gifts can take many different shapes. The SDCF can help you:

  • Include a donation in your will or trust
  • Designate a donation through a life insurance policy, IRA or retirement plan
  • Select family members and advisors to stay involved with gifts and grants

As always, giving through the SDCF also reduces the work you have to do to set up and maintain a fund. It may also help the funds more easily transfer from a person's estate to the charity after their death. Taking steps to make a planned gift now also has tax advantages.

Legacy Society Statement of Intent

Get Started

If you're considering a planned gift or if you’d just like to talk about what’s possible, contact us online or give us a call at 800.888.1842.

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