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Looking Back on 2017

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2017 was a full year for the South Dakota Community Foundation's (SDCF) community savings accounts (CSA). SDCF was excited to officially begin CSA's with two additional communities, growing to partnerships with 79 communities across South Dakota.

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Kimball Area Foundation hosts Keeping it in Kimball event

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In September 2016, the Kimball Area Foundation accepted a challenge grant from SDCF to raise $100,000 by September 2018 for $25,000 from SDCF. In efforts to raise awareness regarding the local CSA and reach the challenge grant goal, the Kimball Economic Development board and its Director, Anita Holan, organized "Keeping it in Kimball" with the goal of raising funds and awareness for the Kimball Area Foundation on Saturday, June 24 this year.

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Community Savings Accounts Provide Vehicle for Estate Gifts

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One of many reasons to have or start a community savings account (CSA) for your area is to provide a vehicle for donors to leave an estate gift to their hometown. Many former or current residents of your area might have charitable goals and wish to give back locally.

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Tyndall Community Foundation: Success Through Dedicated Leadership

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Last month, Ginger Neimann, SDCF Grant Program Officer, and I had the privilege to meet with Janet Wagner and Judith Mace, board members of the Tyndall Community Foundation.  A fun part of this job is to see communities reach their goals and this community savings account recently hit the $200,000 mark. With dedicated leadership and a community that understands the community savings account concept, Tyndall is set up for success.

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A Lasting Community Impact

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In the month I’ve been in my role as the Community Development Coordinator, I’ve learned much more about the positive impact Community Savings Accounts (CSA) have in their area, but also that many aren’t aware of their community’s CSA.

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