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Check presentation for MHCH

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $5,000 South Dakota Fund grant to the Matson Halverson Christiansen Hamilton (MHCH) Foundation.  Funds will provide partial support for advertising, meeting expenses, and subsidizing memberships during the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) pilot timeframe.

The MHCH Foundation is partnering with The University Center Foundation to bring the OLLI program to additional communities in South Dakota.  The goal of OLLI is to create an innovative learning environment so adults from all backgrounds and levels of education can pursue learning opportunities for the joy of learning and social engagement. The program offers three sessions per year (spring, fall and winter) with sessions ranging from six to nine weeks in duration. Five sites have offered the program in South Dakota which include Sioux Falls, Brookings, Vermillion, DeSmet and Chamberlain. Pierre has been selected as the next pilot site.

“As adults’ transition from middle age to empty nest syndrome, retirement and other changes that naturally occur as we mature, there are opportunities for emphasis on new activities and experiences that lead to personal fulfillment”, said Nancy Wehrkamp, Director of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. “OLLI is the perfect vehicle for exploring new knowledge and new skills in a relaxing and fun environment.”

“We are so pleased with the tremendous early success of the Pierre OLLI Pilot”, said Corey Hamilton Kilgore, Executive Director, Matson Halverson Christiansen Hamilton Foundation. “Programs like OLLI play a key role in helping to create vibrant communities. MHCH is happy to participate in sponsoring the pilot of this program.”

 “The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with the MHCH Foundation as they work to expand OLLI’s reach across our state.”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Lifelong learning is a goal that should be attainable for all our state’s citizens.”

The South Dakota Fund is an unrestricted fund that makes grants in support of culture, economic development, education, health and human services. The SDCF awards grants throughout the year to nonprofits that meet vital and diverse needs across the state. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting

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