“Go do it and be successful”
by Gilda Radner

Children’s Home Society of South Dakota

Next year marks the 125th anniversary of Children’s Home Society, which began as a humble Chicago orphanage in 1893.Children’s Home Society focused heavily on group homes for orphaned children for much of its long life. With the advent of the modern foster care system...

Cheyenne River Youth Project

Since 1988, Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) has worked diligently to give children and families on South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Reservation opportunities that wouldn’t normally be available to them. Founder and CEO Julie Garreau says the nonprofit strives to...

McKnight Foundation

When the board of directors at the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation wanted to honor their founder, William McKnight, they turned to his home state of South Dakota and offered a challenge: “start a community foundation, raise $5 million, and along with 3M Company,...

Western Senior Services

The way George Larson sees it, every time Western Senior Services must spend money to repair a vehicle, it is money that doesn’t go to the people they serve.Western Senior Services, which operates a meals on wheels program, was able to purchase a commercial delivery...

Looking Ahead

The South Dakota Community Foundation has experienced unprecedented growth in the dollars our donors invest in our endowment, and unprecedented impact in the dollars we’ve been able to grant back into organizations—and the people running them—across our...

Bernie Christenson

When Governor George S. Mickelson asked Bernie Christenson to start a Community Foundation for the state of South Dakota in 1987, Christenson quipped that he wasn’t even quite sure how to spell ‘philanthropy.’ But he still said “yes,” because Christenson knew it would...

Spearfish Volunteer Firefighters Association

The Spearfish Volunteer Firefighters Association has eyes for the future—particularly the long-term future, says President Glen Lewis. Originally, a volunteer fire department before the city took over last year, the association now has a different name and a new...

Lakota Funds

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) came through in a clutch for a group of high school students this year, says Lakota Funds Executive Director Tawney Brunsch.Lakota Funds, a community development financial institution that operates on the Pine Ridge...

New Google Sheet

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