Pierre/Fort Pierre Area Community Foundation and SDCF Together Grant $27,730

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The Pierre/Fort Pierre Area Community Foundation and South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) distributed $27,730 in grants to local community organizations addressing needs due to the pandemic and other nonprofit projects.

“Because of the foresight and stewardship of local philanthropists, we are able to address immediate needs due to the pandemic and also fund ongoing community projects,” said Brett Koenecke, president of the Pierre/Fort Pierre Area Community Foundation.  “I encourage all residents to consider partnering with our local community foundation. The dollars given create the ability to support a wide range of community and youth oriented projects and nonprofit organizations in our area today and in the years ahead.”

The local fund granted $15,730 to area organizations. SDCF matched $5,000 toward needs due to the pandemic and $7,000 to the Pierre Area Referral Service in partnership with the Bernie Christenson Feed the Children Fund.

“We value the partnerships we have with 80 communities across the state,” said Stephanie Judson, SDCF President & CEO. “Through a local board of directors, grant dollars are available to support worthy causes in those communities in perpetuity. Their relationship with SDCF provides connections to our grantmaking programs and donors with similar philanthropic goals.”

10 organizations received support from the Pierre/Fort Pierre Area Community Foundation, SDCF and the Bernie Christenson Feed the Children Fund.

Koenecke noted, “We are currently participating in a challenge grant from local philanthropists to raise funds to continue and broaden our ability to boost local organizations and projects. I’d invite anyone to take a look and consider joining in our efforts.”

The local foundation has granted over $400,000 to nonprofit organizations and programs in the area since 1998. The fund is a permanent endowment with the SDCF and is managed by a local board of directors listed below. 

  • Brett Koenecke, President
  • Becky Burke
  • Sandy Zinter
  • Matt Brakke
  • Tom Hart
  • Kate Olson
  • Murray Thompson

To learn more or donate to the Pierre/Fort Pierre Area Community Foundation, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/csa/pierre-ft-pierre-area-community-foundation/ or mail a check to Pierre/Fort Pierre Area Community Foundation, PO Box 296, Pierre, SD 57501.

Community Savings Account/SDCF Partnership

The Pierre/Fort Pierre Area Community Foundation was established by a local board of directors in partnership with the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF). Their goal was to create a long-term funding source for charitable causes in the local area. With careful investment, the fund will continue to grow and enhance quality of life in the local area forever. This fund is one of 80 community savings accounts in partnership with SDCF. Since 1987, SDCF has helped people reach their philanthropic goals and strengthened communities across the state. Today, SDCF manages assets of over $350 million and granted nearly $18 million in 2019. To learn more about SDCF, visit SDCommunityFoundation.org or call 800.888.1842.