Taking on Diabetes

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Tree of Life check presentation

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant to Tree of Life Ministry.  Offered in partnership with the Bush Foundation, the Community Innovation Grant program supports efforts to find breakthrough solutions to community challenges across the state. Funds will provide partial support to address diabetes concerns in their community.

“The Tree of Life Ministry is most appreciative of this grant received through the South Dakota Community Foundation”, said Linda Garriott, Executive Director, Tree of Life Ministry. “The greenhouse will strengthen the capacity and increase the availability of healthy, locally grown foods while supplementing our soup kitchen, which provides breakfast and lunch at no cost.  It will be another resource we can use to fight the diabetes epidemic.”

Located in Mission, SD, Tree of Life Ministry is combatting the high rate of diabetes among American Indians by incorporating the 3 R program: relationship building, relevant education and rigorous activities. They plan to expand their existing garden program by adding a greenhouse for winter growing to meet increased demands. The greenhouse is an inter-generational community activity and celebration weaving in Lakota language usage. Partners on this project include the Todd County School District and Indian Health Services.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with Tree of Life Ministry as they work to expand their garden program”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Diabetes is a silent killer and we need to do all we can to combat it.”

A total of $400,000 was available to nonprofits in 2018 through the Community Innovation Grant program. The third and final round for this year closed in September with successful applicants to be announced in December. Visit our website at https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-nonprofits/community-innovation-grants/ to learn more about eligibility guidelines, soon to be published deadlines for 2019 and application instructions.

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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 https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-donors/ to learn more or give us a call at (605) 224-1025.