Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area Challenge Met

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Mansour Karim group photo

In October, Mansour Karim, a long-time Pierre resident, challenged his community to raise $50,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area. If the community responded, Karim pledged to match the gifts dollar-for-dollar with his own donation. Prior to the end-of-year deadline, several generous community members stepped forward to secure a $100,000 gift for the organization just in time for Christmas.

Karim presented his $50,000 check to the organization on Wednesday, December 17 to Boys & Girls Club members and staff at a check presentation ceremony.

“When I was young, I didn’t ask God to make me rich, but that I would be able to give more. Never underestimate God’s power to work a miracle,” says Karim.

Karim’s donations are gifts that keep on giving. In August, Karim responded to another donor’s challenge with a $25,000 gift. He liked the concept of matching gifts so much he decided to issue his own challenge. As a result of these two matching gifts, $150,000 will be added to the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area funds at the South Dakota Community Foundation, the Oahe Foundation and Brakke Financial services in 2014.

“Mansour’s challenge created the enthusiasm for others to give,” says Becky Spoehr, 
director of Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area. “We had numerous outstanding individuals make a contribution to match Mansour’s gift. This endowment is a good start to creating sustainability for the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area for many years to come.”

The principal of all the endowed assets will be invested, allowing the matching gifts to grow and keep on giving to an organization that ensures kids have a safe, supportive place to go after school. Building the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area’s endowment fund will help the staff focus more on teaching and encouraging students and less on managing funds.

"I'm committed to seeing that Pierre has a Boys & Girls Club forever. Mansour's challenge and the match provided by others are the building blocks needed to someday have an endowment that fully funds the Club year after year," says Dennis Pfrimmer, president and CEO of Capital Area Counseling Service, Inc., which oversees the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area.

Although Karim’s challenge has been met, there is still time to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area as a part of your year-end giving. Anyone can donate online at or by calling 1.800.888.1842 for more information.

Donor List

The following donors supported the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area Endowment in 2014.

Great Futures Forever Society

Mansour Karim
Matt and April Smart

Jeremiah Milbank Society

Jim and Susan Mollison
Curt and Kim Mortensen

Blue Door Society

Doug and Trudy Evenstad
Rob and Marty Allison
Tad and Carolyn Perry

Great Futures Supporters

Deb Gates
Karen and Dave Gerdes
Aaron Swan
Richard and Mary Carter
Dave and Linda Bonde
Don and Rosemary Rounds
Steve and Susan Ahlers
Helen Wishard
Steve and Pat Brown
Bob and Jan Lester
Mike and Judy Weisgram

About the South Dakota Community Foundation

Since 1987, the South Dakota Community Foundation has helped people reach their philanthropic goals and strengthened communities across the state. The SDCF administers over $200 million in assets for more than 650 endowed funds. By commingling endowed assets, the SDCF gives our partners enhanced investment opportunities that provide long-term support for charitable causes. Last year, the SDCF distributed more than $5 million in grants to nonprofits through the endowed funds it manages and the South Dakota Fund, which meets vital and diverse needs in the state. Visit for more information.

About the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area

The Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. The organization offers programs in a variety of areas, including education and career, character and leadership, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation. Visit for more information.