South Dakota Community Foundation

South Dakota Community Foundation

The Farm and Rural Stress Hotline through Avera Health launched in January and is now averaging up to three calls a day. The South Dakota Community Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to support the on Wednesday.

Ginger Niemann is the senior program officer with the South Dakota Community Foundation. She says the foundation was eager to support the hotline because it serves farmers and ranchers across the state who are facing a long period of difficulties that can impact mental health.

SD Hall of Fame

In The Moment ... August 31, 2018 Show 413 Hour 1

If you visit the city of Huron, you see the legacy of Marilyn Hohm Hoyt throughout the community. As a community leader, visionary, and philanthropist, her legacy is at work in less obvious ways across the state of South Dakota.

South Dakota Community Foundation

Dakota State University is receiving a $3,500 South Dakota Fund grant to support a mixed-reality teaching simulation for its education students. The Virtual Avatar Learning Experience—or VALE—gives DSU students a chance to experience classroom management before dealing with real live kids. 

The VALE at DSU is the only program of its kind in the state. During a VALE simulation, education majors stand in front of a flat screen TV that displays a classroom with five avatars representing middle-school aged students.

The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation has announced the establishment of an endowment fund within the South Dakota Community Foundation. The focus is on investing in the future of the ag industry in the state. Initial partners have committed $1.5 million to this effort over the next five years. South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch and Stephanie Judson, president of the SD Community Foundation, join Midday to talk about the endowment … its genesis, its goals, and its potential impact on family farmers/producers throughout the state.

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Jennifer Boomgaarden explains expansion of the Music as Medicine program, a partnership with Avera Health and South Dakota Community Foundation. Highlights include a new "memoir" pilot program, how grant money and individual donations fuel the orchestra, and plans to travel Music as Medicine beyond the Sioux Falls region.

South Dakota Community Foundation recently announced more than $128,000 in Community Innovation Grants. President Stephanie Judson explains SDCF's partnership with the Bush Foundation and how her organization supports creative problem solving in communities throughout the state.

More than $134,000 is on its way to non-profit organizations across South Dakota. The grant funding targets innovation in communities, and 15 different groups are receiving funding this round. This is the second of three waves of grant funding in 2015.

Earlier this year, the South Dakota Community Foundation and the Bush Foundation based in St. Paul Minnesota awarded about $130,000 to area non-profits. Now just as much is headed toward local groups through the second round of grants.

Conservation Group Recieves Grant

Aug 10, 2015
Michael Zimny

A South Dakota organization has received a $10,000 grant to clean up the Missouri River. The group will focus on public awareness to help stop pollution.

The Izaak Walton League is a national conservation group. The South Chapter has organized Missouri River clean ups for many years, but wanted to take on a more proactive role. The League received the grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation to start the Missouri River Initiative. Paul Lepisto says the program hopes to educate the public on keeping litter out of the river.