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Check presentation at The Compass Center

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to The Compass Center.  Funds will provide partial support for security and technology upgrades for their facility.

“At the Compass Center our primary concern is the safety and well-bring of our clients, and that starts with providing a safe and secure facility”, said Jason Lemke, Development Director, The Compass Center. “This generous grant from the South Dakota Fund of the South Dakota Community Foundation provided capacity to make necessary security upgrades to our new location. These upgrades let us provide a safer, more secure environment for survivors of sexual and domestic violence to navigate their journey to healing.”

Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota The Compass Center just recently moved to a new location. Their clientele are survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual abuse and human trafficking. Their new location will accommodate additional staff positions thus allowing for provision of assistance for more clients.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with The Compass Center as they work to expand their service capacity”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Security is paramount in the minds of their clients.”

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 $13.5 million in grants in 2017 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.