Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area Accepts 3:1 Endowment Matching Challenge

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PIERRE, S.D.— Generous donors, Scott and Julia Jones of Pierre, S.D. and Dale Larson of Brookings, S.D. have challenged the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area (BGCCA) to raise $500,000 for a $1.5 million match to the BGGCA Fund held with the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF).

“Scott and I are honored to provide this match in partnership with Dale to ensure the endowment fund can sustain the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area for years to come,” said Julia Jones, former board member of the BGCCA. “The services this nonprofit provides to our community’s families are more important than any of us realize and we don’t want to see them end.”

The three SDCF donors believe in the power of endowment and are intent in creating a strong base of financial support for the annual operating costs of the Club. Because of their matching gifts, all community donations to the BGCCA endowment fund will be matched $3 to $1.

“We are humbled by the generosity of Mr. Larson and the Joneses,” said Stephanie Judson, SDCF President & CEO. “We look forward to working with individuals in our community to ensure viability of this very important organization for our youth.”

If the $500,000 is raised within the community, the Larson and Jones match will bring the BGCCA endowment to $3 million. This perpetual fund held at SDCF will annually provide 4.5% of the fund’s four-year average value to benefit the mission of the BGCCA.

The BGCCA ensures children in the Pierre and Fort Pierre area have a safe, supportive place to go after school. Meeting this challenge will allow staff to focus on providing an environment for boys and girls to develop their academic success skills, to form good character qualities, and to understand healthy choices.

“Our gratitude for Mr. Larson and Scott and Julia Jones cannot be expressed,” said Tad Perry, BGCCA Chief Volunteer Officer. “Their challenge this holiday season provides the Club a very exciting opportunity to create sustainability for our mission. This gift will ensure our organization can continue to reach the area’s future citizens as they go through their formative years.”

How do I donate?

Every $1 to the BGGCA endowment fund is matched with $3 because of this challenge. Please consider a donation to the BGCCA endowment fund in your year-end giving.  A donation is a gift that keeps giving.

Check donations
Check should be made payable to “Boys and Girls Club of Capital Area Fund”.

Mail to:

South Dakota Community Foundation

PO Box 296

Pierre, SD 57501

Credit card donations

Visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-advisors/existing-funds/boys-girls-club-of-the-capital-area-fund/ and click “Donate”.

About the Boys and Girls Club of Capital Area (BGCCA)

The BGCCA provides services and programs to help young people make positive life choices. From education and career programs to health and life skills, our staff and volunteers help inspire youth by providing an opportunity to belong, succeed and serve their community. Our programs help young people develop self-confidence and self-esteem. 

Programming focuses on five core areas established by Boys & Girls Clubs of America:

  • Character & Leadership  
  • Career & Education  
  • Health & Life Skills   
  • Sports & Recreation   
  • The Arts

To learn more, please visit https://bgccaparea.org 

About the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF)

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987.  SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 980 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2019 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-donors/ to learn more or call 605.224.1025.