Justice for Children

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Children's Justice Center Check Presentation

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant (CIG) to the Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center.  Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. The grant will facilitate the nonprofit’s use of a community level process to engage community members in addressing the needs of children and youth in their communities.

“We send a huge thank you to the South Dakota Community Foundation for the recent grant of $10,000”, said Arlana Bettelyoun, Director, Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center. “The Center will move forward with intentional presence in the communities on our homelands as we have conversation and discussion on Children’s Justice and begin a healing journey.”

The Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center will conduct community conversations in several Pine Ridge Reservation communities over an eight-month period. Findings will be summarized through reports, evaluation timelines, mapping and data summation. Of paramount importance will be identifying resources for children who suffer from maltreatment, abuse and neglect and have a history of adverse childhood experiences.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is pleased to partner with the Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center as they strive to address a myriad of issues effecting children and youth in their area”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Our children are our greatest asset. We must do all we can to ensure they can grow in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.”

A total of $400,000 will be available to nonprofits in 2020 through the Community Innovation Grant program. The third round for 2019 has just been completed with successful applicants announced at the end of December.   Visit our website at https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-nonprofits/community-innovation-grants/ to learn more about eligibility guidelines, deadlines and application instructions.

About our donors

The SDCF distributed more than $18.8 million in grants in 2018 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 give us a call at (605) 224-1025.

About the Bush Foundation

The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them. Established in 1953 by 3M Executive Archibald Bush and his wife Edyth, the Foundation encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geographic area.