T. Denny Sanford

The leader of Sanford Health says he’s confident about continuing a relationship with the organization's philanthropic namesake, T. Denny Sanford. 

USD Media Relations

The state’s only law school has a new name.

A 12.5 million dollar gift from T. Denny Sanford will fund up to ten full-ride scholarships at the newly-dubbed USD Knudson School of Law.

David Knudson served as chief of staff for former-governor Bill Janklow and as majority leader in the South Dakota state senate. He’s also overseen more than two-billion dollars in other gifts as T. Denny Sanford’s lawyer.

But this latest gift came as a surprise to Knudson—a difficult feat, according to Law School Dean Neil Fulton

State Theatre to Reopen in 2020

Jun 26, 2019
Jackie Hendry

The State Theatre located in downtown Sioux Falls is receiving major donations from T. Denny Sanford and the City of Sioux Falls. The historic theater has stood dormant for more than 20 years.

A total of $5 million is being contributed to renovating the State Theatre.

T. Denny Sanford will contribute $3.5 million for interior renovations, and the city will contribute $1.5 million for exterior work.

Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken says the opening of the theatre will provide a boost to the city economy.

David Pearce

Mar 15, 2019
Sanford Health

In The Moment ... March 15, 2019 how 536 Hour 1

It's the future of personalized medicine, and veterans are invited to take the lead.

A $25 million donation by T. Denny Sanford and a financial match from Sanford Health hopes to bring no-cost genetic testing to 250,000 American veterans.

David Pearce is president for research and innovation for Sanford Health. He discusses the partnership between Sanford and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sanford Donates $30 Million to Scholarship Endowment

Jan 29, 2018
Horatio Alger Association

Denny Sanford is establishing a 30 million dollar scholarship endowment with the Horatio Alger Association. Seven universities in South Dakota are among twelve in the nation receiving an allotment from the new scholarship program. 

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Preschool teachers in Sioux Falls are learning about a program that helps students recognize gender differences and build relationships. It’s called the Sanford Harmony Program, and its champion says it started when he read the famous book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Tuesday the project’s namesake talks with teachers in Sioux Falls on their first day of Harmony training.

Nate Wek / SDPB

Sanford Health has received $125 million gift from philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to create a genomic initiative for internal medicine. Sanford Health calls this new program Imagenetics.

Health officials claim integrating genomic medicine will improve the diagnosis and treatment of adults. Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft says this $125 million gift keeps healthcare in the region moving forward.