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Small town receives $1 million

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One of the most rewarding aspects of my job with the South Dakota Community Foundation is the opportunity to work with generous individuals and families who want to impact the lives of South Dakotans.

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Support Provided for Saturday Morning Family Series

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“The Saturday Morning Family Series is the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City’s first foray into programming, as opposed to supporting performances by the resident companies at the PAC”, said Nicolas Johnson, Executive Director, Performing Arts Center of Rapid City. “We’re grateful for the support of so many individuals and businesses and now the South Dakota Community Foundation, for helping bring the series to the stage. This grant helps families in the area who can’t afford the tickets to see series performances for reduced cost or even free.”

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Building Better Communities

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As the Grants Program Officer I don’t always get to witness firsthand the work of nonprofit organizations. I learn a lot about who they are and their work by reading grant applications, support letters, looking at their websites, visiting over the phone or by email. So when I get the opportunity to conduct a site visit, I get very excited!  Earlier this week, I had one of those opportunities to spend two full days visiting individuals from nonprofit organizations on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations.

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Lakota Funds Receives Two Grant Awards

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The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) awarded two grants totaling $13,750 to Lakota Funds. They received a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant and a $3,750 South Dakota Fund Grant.  Lakota Funds was selected as one of 15 recipients in its recent round of Community Innovation Grants. Community Innovation Grants provide funding aimed at uncovering breakthroughs in community needs across the state. The $10,000 grant will allow them to address the issue of the lack of certified building inspectors operating on Indian reservations in South Dakota. Lakota Funds also received a $3,750 South Dakota Fund grant to encourage students in grades nine through twelve to participate in the Lakota Nations Invitational (LNI) Business Plan Competition.

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