Looking Back on 2017

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Happy New Year to all of you! I hope your holiday season was filled with joy.

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. Welcome to the Sully County and Wolsey-Wessington Community Foundations! We are excited to have you on board and look forward to assisting you in making your communities a better place to live.

A few of many CSA accomplishments from 2017:

  • The Huron Community Foundation received a $1 million donation from former Huron businessman Craig Matthesen's estate. Article here.
  • The Britton Area Foundation received a very generous gift of almost $1.1 million from former local teacher and South Dakota Representative, the late Donald Naddy. Article here.
  • The Tripp Area Community Foundation (TACF) President, Bryan Bietz, attended RuralX in July with a sponsorship from SDCF. Following the event, Bietz and his wife, Shawn, started a community group that hosted family friendly events supported by the TACF.
  • The Greater Sturgis First Interstate Bank Fund benefited from a $1.2 million estate gift from the late Vern Jones of Sturgis. Article here.
  • The First Fidelity Bank and Jones County Community Foundation raised the second $5,000 to receive a total of $10,000 from their $20,000 challenge from the Lillibridge Family Fund.
  • The Kimball Community Foundation raised over $6,000 at their Keeping it in Kimball event in June reaching closer to their $100,000 matching challenge grant from SDCF. Article here.
  • The Greater Clark Area Community Foundation received an anonymous matching donation of $10,000 after raising $10,000 within their community.
  • All 79 communities granted over $1.1 million to charitable causes in 2017.

This past year has truly been a pleasure. I’ve enjoyed meeting many kind-hearted community volunteers doing their best to give back. I also learned a few fun facts along the way. Did you know Roslyn is home to the International Vinegar Museum and you can visit a petrified wood park in Lemmon?

South Dakota is a special place because of its generous people and close-knit communities. I’m thankful to call it home and am excited for what 2018 will bring.

To learn more about our CSAs, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-communities/csa-list/

Jamie Farmen, SDCF Community Development Coordinator