Safe Harbor Foundation Meets Challenge

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The Safe Harbor Foundation has received a $20,000 matching grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF).  The Safe Harbor Foundation recently completed a two-year challenge to raise $80,000 to earn the grant. Because of many donors and SDCF’s matching grant, more than $100,000 is held in a permanent endowment at SDCF to provide perpetual benefit to Safe Harbor, an organization that serves victims of sexual and domestic violence. Funds will be invested over time, and earnings will create a long-term revenue source to support the organization.

“Thanks to many charitable individuals, we have met our initial goal,” said Kelli Schaunaman, President of the Safe Harbor Foundation. “We are blessed to be part of a such a generous community, and we look forward to the support this will provide Safe Harbor for years to come.” Schaunaman noted that support for the Purple Potty program contributed significantly to meeting the goal. The Safe Harbor Foundation accepted the challenge in October 2018.

“We are proud to partner with the Safe Harbor Foundation to create a source of permanent funding for Safe Harbor,” said Patrick Gallagher, Community Development Coordinator for SDCF in Aberdeen. “We congratulate everyone who was involved in helping them meet the challenge.”

Donations to the Safe Harbor Foundation are invested along with other SDCF endowed funds. A percentage of the fund’s value is made available annually for the foundation board to distribute to support the mission of Safe Harbor. As the fund grows, so will the annual amount available to give back to the organization. 

To find out more or to donate, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-advisors/existing-funds/safe-harbor-designated-fund/

Safe Harbor Foundation Board of Directors

Kelli Schaunaman, President

Matilda Grobe, Vice President

Joe Siebert, Treasurer

Carrie Cole, Secretary

Bea Smith

Danielle Oliver

Judon Reinbold

Kristie Martin

Kyle Walz

Laura Rosenbaum

Rhonda Hilsendeger 

Stacey Lust

About this Nonprofit

Originally formed in 1977, Safe Harbor began as a volunteer phone service providing information to women. Soon it was evident the community needed more than just a source of information, especially for women in need of shelter in a crisis. Today Safe Harbor is dedicated to women, men and children who are victims of abuse in a seven-county region. The organization provides shelter, advocacy and support services while also educating and motivating the community to be proactive in eliminating abuse. Visit safeharborsd.org to learn more.

About the SDCF

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987.  SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 980 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2019 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 https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-donors/ to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.