Support for Victims of Violence

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Safe Harbor check presentation

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $7,500 South Dakota Fund grant to Safe Harbor in Aberdeen. Funds helped defray costs for the Northeast South Dakota (NESD) Family Violence Conference.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation grant allows Safe Harbor to continue to provide quality education to advocates, law enforcement, mental health, prosecutors and educators across the state who serve victims of crime”, said Gina Karst, Executive Director, Safe Harbor. “The grant allows Safe Harbor and the NESD Family Violence Conference committee to meet the mission “to educate and motivate the community to be proactive in eliminating abuse”.

The NESD Family Violence Conference was held June 19 and 20, 2019 at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen. The two-day conference provided support for crime victim workers and advocates. Several nationally known speakers were on the agenda including Kristen Gibbons-Feden, District Attorney for Montgomery County, PA and Carlton Hershman, detective, San Diego Police Department.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to provide support for Safe Harbor as they partnered with the Brown County State’s Attorney’s office to host this worthwhile conference”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “On-going professional development is a crucial component for this workforce as they continue to work towards the elimination of family violence.”

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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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 to learn more or give us a call at (605) 224-1025.