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What is the South Dakota Community Foundation?

The videos below show just a few examples of how the South Dakota Community Foundation is working to make South Dakota a better place, day in an day out.

Harmony South Dakota

Harmony South Dakota provides an encouraging, safe and structured after-school environment for children who would otherwise have limited or no adult supervision at no cost to the families. The students participate in a string orchestra, percussion ensemble and choir, private instrument lessons, musicianship instruction as well as time to complete their homework each week.

In 2014, the SDCF selected Harmony South Dakota to receive a $7,500 Community Innovation Grant to recruit collaborative partners, build the program structure and engage key stakeholders to ensure its success. Harmony South Dakota also received a $7,000 South Dakota Fund Grant, which allowed the program to provide an orchestral instrument for each participating student. Learn more about SDCF grants in the For Nonprofits section of our website.

Paul Christen

Paul Christen, chairman of the Christen Group, a real-estate investment company, and former CEO of First Western Bancorp, in Huron, believes he has an obligation to give back. Over the years, he has partnered with the South Dakota Community Foundation to make his gifts endure through endowed funds. Hear Paul explain how the South Dakota Community Foundation can help donors reach their philanthropic goals through a variety of fund types. 

Ty Eschenbaum

As a high school sophomore, Ty Eschenbaum faced a serious challenge – cancer. Ty has turned his pain into a passion to give back to others through a fund at the South Dakota Community Foundation. The Ty Eschenbaum Foundation raises money for youth cancer survivors and their families to provide financial support if they chose to go to college. He gave his first two scholarships in his home town of Lake Preston last year. 

Delta Dental

The South Dakota Community Foundation is a proud supporter of Delta Dental's Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental program. The program has two mobile dental units that serve children across the state who have problems with access to oral health services. The program has served more than 76 communities in South Dakota. The South Dakota Community Foundation selected Delta Dental to receive several grants to keep the trucks on the road to communities lacking access to dental care. Donations to the South Dakota Community Foundation help organizations like Delta Dental better serve South Dakotans. 

John Zilverberg

John Zilverberg, a resident of rural Highmore, turned 102 years old on August 2, 2015. Through his donor advised fund at the South Dakota Community Foundation, John has awarded more than 130 grants totaling over $54,000 to nonprofits serving the Highmore area. Zilverberg continues to stay active not only in philanthropic endeavors, but also in athletics. In July 2015, he competed in the National Senior Games in Minneapolis as the oldest competitor. 

John is a prime example of the others-before-self mentality of South Dakotans. He is using the money he earned as a hard-working rancher to make a difference in his community for years to come. You can do the same thing by establishing a endowed fund at the South Dakota Community Foundation.