Legacy Society | South Dakota Community Foundation

Legacy Society

Recognizing those who have made a legacy for South Dakota.

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Creating a lasting impact for South Dakota SDCF Legacy Society

South Dakota Community Foundation’s Legacy Society honors and recognizes those who have committed to supporting South Dakota through a planned or current gift to the Foundation. Sharing their abundant blessings, Legacy Society members provide funds to affect positive change for communities and nonprofits forever.

One of the greatest joys in my life has been meeting generosity in the faces of South Dakotans near and far who believe that together we can transform our state…for good.

Stephanie Judson, President and CEO
The Bowar Family, Parkston, SD

No one knows a community better than those who call it HOME. Hometown Heroes

Our Hometown Heroes are recognized for their generosity in providing resources to enhance the quality of life in their community. They have created funds to change and enrich the lives of their neighbors, while signifying their faithful commitment to the place they call home.


Abbott House Foundation – Mitchell/Rapid City

American Bank & Trust – Huron

Keith & Carolann Anderson* – Britton

Shirley Baas – Mitchell

C. Douglas & Marlas Balvin – Huron

First National Bank – Pierre

BankWest – Pierre

Miles & Lisa Beacom – Sioux Falls

Beck Motor Company – Pierre

Beth & Jim Benning – Spearfish

Black Hills Corporation – Rapid City

Booth Society – Spearfish

Patrick* & Catherine Bowar – Parkston

Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud – Rosebud

Bruce Brandner – Herreid

Jerry Brickner – Hoven

Mark & Christine Buche – Mitchell

Adrienne Buel*, Delbert & Florence Olson* – Lake Preston

Dean L. & Rosemarie Buntrock – Columbia

Doug & Linda Buri – Milbank


Castlewood Education Foundation – Castlewood

Anson E. & Sheron M. Chapman – Huron

Cheyenne River Youth Project – Eagle Butte

Paul & Muffy* Christen – Huron

Jim & Janice Clarkson – Harding County

CorTrust Bank – Statewide

Lawrence* & Virginia Coss – Miller

Kay Crawford – Hot Springs

Janet Cronin – Gettysburg

Clay & Karen Cudmore – Pierre

Sharon Cutler – Sioux Falls/Hill City

Dacotah Bank – Aberdeen

Dakota Provisions – Huron

Linda & Dennis Daugaard – Statewide

Earl Davis – Rapid City

John B. Davis – Sioux Falls

Marion & Lee* Denekamp – Gary

Jim & Sarah DeWitt – Sioux Falls

Robert & Emily Entwisle – Huron

Dr. Dennis & Dorothy* Epp – Freeman

Jeff & Linda Erickson – Sioux Falls

Farm Credit Services of America – Statewide

Frank Farrar* – Britton

Feeding South Dakota – Statewide

Donald & Suzanne Feist – Rapid City

William L. & B. Joan Ferguson – Tripp County

First PREMIER Bank – Statewide

First Savings Bank – Statewide

Leroy & Charlene Foster – Pierre

Rod and Glenna* Fouberg – Aberdeen

Randall F. Franssens – Platte

Lee & Jackie Frickey – Spearfish

Michael A. & Mary E. Fuchs – Huron

Linda Mickelson Graham – Sioux Falls

Gary & Connie Grittner – Pierre/Fort Pierre

William Roger Grohs – Mitchell

Barry & Marilyn Grossenburg – Winner

GROW South Dakota – Statewide

Wayne Gustafson* – Rapid City/Dupree

Wayne & Gwynn Hansen – Philip

Duane & Barbara Harms – Brookings

Jim & Jane Harrenga – Estelline

Jim & Nini Hart – Miller

Charles & Kathryn Hart – Rapid City

Helpline Center – Statewide

Hoch Family – Tyndall

Marcia & Blake Hoffman – Sioux Falls

Sharlene Hoffman – Aberdeen

Boyd & Dody Hopkins – Artesian/Letcher/Mt. Vernon

Marilyn Hoyt – Huron

Huron Hockey Association – Huron

Huron Regional Medical Center – Huron

Harvey & Cynthia Jewett – Aberdeen

Estate of Norma Johnson – Lyman County

Scott & Julia Jones – Pierre/Fort Pierre

Richard Jones – Pierre

Richard Joy – Miller

Matt & Stephanie Judson – Pierre

Elmer Karl – Gregory

Tim* & Amy Kessler – Aberdeen

William "Bill" Keith Kingdon-Huron

Dan & Arlene Kirby – Sioux Falls

Douglas & Rhonda Kludt – Huron

Jerry & Karen Kroetch – Philip

Maree Larson – Brookings

Dale & Bonnie* Larson – Langford

Margaret Lehr – Huron

Deanna Lien – Rapid City

Jim & Vicki Lust – Aberdeen

Steve & Karen Marcus – Huron

Doug & Clarie Marsh – Onida

Tom & Anne* McColley – Hot Springs

Gary & Deb McKellips – Alcester

Jerry & Sandra Mencke – Huron

G. Mark & Cynthia Mickelson – Statewide

John & Joy Mills – Brookings

Ralph Mitchell* – Platte

Mitzel & Sons, Inc. – Herreid

James Mollison – Pierre/Fort Pierre

Donald Naddy* – Britton

DeMaris Nesheim – Philip

Joe H. Neumayr* – Gettysburg

Ronald & Linda Olinger – Pierre/Fort Pierre

Tom & Michele Olsen – Wessington Springs

Susan Paul – Tyndall

Sherman* & Kimiko Petersen – Irene

POET, Inc. – Sioux Falls

John & Penny Porter – Sioux Falls

John & Jane Rasmussen – Sisseton

Redfield School Foundation – Redfield

Safe Harbor Foundation – Aberdeen

Linda & Herb* Saloum – Sioux Falls

Hugh Schilling* – Britton

Terry & Nancy Schiltz – Huron

Nathan & Julie Schwandt – Rapid City

SD Ag & Rural Leadership Foundation – Statewide

SD Coaches Foundation – Statewide

SD Farm Bureau Federation – Statewide

SD High School Coaches Association – Statewide

SD High School Activities Association – Statewide

SD Lions Foundation – Statewide

Norbert & Jane Sebade – Wall

Doug & Lynn Sharp – Watertown

Richard Sievert – Huron

Paul* & Ann Sigelman – Watertown

Darrell Simmons – Parkston

Special Olympics SD – Darryl Nordquist

Jeff & Marcia Sveen – Huron

Bertha Turnquist – North Brown County

Vic & Ethelyn Uttke – Spearfish

Robert* & Jo Anna Poppe Warder – Hill City/Murdo

Jeanne Weigum – Mobridge

Western Dakota Tech Foundation – Rapid City

Robert & Frances Wheeler* – Lemmon

Mary Lou Wilhelm – Rapid City, Custer

Mark & Kristin Williamson – Britton

Curt & Susan Wischmeier – Aberdeen

Gerald & Anita Wisner* – Parkston

John Zilverberg* – Highmore


Honoring two South Dakota families Christen-Larson Heritage Circle

Paul and Muffy Christen

Christen-Larson Heritage Circle celebrates the generosity of South Dakotans who believe in transformational change through personal giving. Members of the Christen-Larson Heritage Circle join the Christen and Larson families who have given generously and inspired others to support nonprofits and communities in our state.

Dale and Pat Larson

Dale Larson and his late wife, Pat have quietly supported some of South Dakota’s greatest philanthropic endeavors for decades. Both couples have instilled the spirit of generosity in their daughters to continue to support charitable organizations and programs that help meet basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter and education.


American Bank & Trust

Loren J. Ammann*

Avera Health

Dr. Reuben & Marlowe* Bareis

Dennis & Linda Batteen

Miles & Lisa Beacom

Boys & Girls Club of Brookings

Doug & Linda Buri

Paul & Muffy* Christen

CitiBank South Dakota

Jim & Janice Clarkson

Coeur Wharf Resources

Lawrence* & Virginia Coss

Fred & Luella Cozad*

Dacotah Bank

Dennis & Linda Daugaard

Earl Davis

Delta Dental of South Dakota

Jim & Sarah DeWitt

Jeff & Linda Erickson

Donald & Suzanne Feist

First Dakota

First National Bank

Paul & Mayme Green Foundation

Gary & Connie Grittner

Barry & Marilyn Grossenburg

Calvin & Mary Hayenga

Hoch Drug Foundation

Marilyn Hoyt

Huron University Foundation

Scott & Julia Jones

Mansour Karim*

Dan & Arlene Kirby

Ralph* & Helen Kranz

Jerry & Karen Kroetch

Dale & Patricia* Larson

Bruce* & Deanna Lien

John* & Linda Lillibridge

Tom* & Dr. Cynthia Lillibridge

Madison Central School Foundation

Gary & Deb McKellips

Gail & Delores Miller*

Harvey E. & Mary Lou Mills*

Mitchell Technical College Foundation

Donald Naddy*

DeMaris Nesheim

Nordby Family

Rebecca Christen Pohlad

John & Penny Porter

Kathryn Christen Mitchell Ramstad

Charles & Lois Ann Rose

T. Denny Sanford

Sanford Health

Hugh Schilling*

SD Dental Foundation

SD Hall of Fame

Ed* & Peg Seljeskog

Doug & Lynn Sharp

Robert Smetana Living Trust

Dimitrios Smyrnios

Spearfish Volunteer Firefighters Foundation

Bob & Lori Sutton

Tessier Family Foundation

Torness Family

Sam F. Weller Family Foundation

WINGS Foundation

Gerald & Anita Wisner*

John Zilverberg*


Professional advisors playing a key role in philanthropy Key Club

The Key Club recognizes and thanks our professional advisors who have inspired their clients to give back and improve the lives of their fellow South Dakotans. Earning the trust of donors and partnering with SDCF staff, these advisors promote philanthropy through legacy building.

Scott Abdallah – Sioux Falls

Evan Anema – Sioux Falls

Doug Austin – Watertown

Laurie Bauer – Mobridge

Mike Braley – Parkston

Jennifer Bunkers – Sioux Falls

Ken Cotton – Wagner

Justin DiBona – Rapid City

Jane Farrell – Hot Springs

Gary Fenenga – Winner

Sam Ferguson – Sioux Falls

Rodney Freeman, Jr. – Huron

Robert Frieberg – Beresford

Dana Frohling – Britton

Mandy Gaikowski – Sioux Falls

G. Todd Garry – Webster

Jerry Garry – Mitchell

Jay Gellhaus – Aberdeen

Lon Gellhaus – Aberdeen

Kayce Gerlach – Rapid City

Pat Goetzinger – Rapid City

Steve Gohn – Huron

Brad Grossenburg – Sioux Falls

Jonathan Guenthner – Mitchell

Jack Gunvordahl – Burke

Jim Haar – Tripp

Steve Hein – Huron

Rich Hinseth – Rapid City

Curt Jensen – Rapid City

Don Kainz – Aberdeen

McLean Thompson Kerver – Rapid City

Andrew Knutson – Sioux Falls

Craig Krogstad – Sioux Falls

Sarah Richardson Larson – Sioux Falls

Chad Locken – Aberdeen

Aron Martz – Rapid City

Jonathan McCoy – Rapid City

Mike McGill – Beresford

Ross Menke – Sioux Falls

Barb Miller – Hot Springs

Karen Miller – Huron

John Mitchell – Rapid City

Trudy Morgan – Mitchell

Kim Mortenson – Ft. Pierre

Will Mortenson – Ft. Pierre

Stanley Nase – Hot Springs

Gordon Nielsen – Sisseton

Eric Nies – Spearfish

Lester Nies – Spearfish

Heath Oberloh – Sioux Falls

Scott Odenbach – Spearfish

Erich Olson – Brookings

Michael Ortner – Hot Springs

Jeff Partridge – Rapid City

Shane Penfield – Lemmon

Casey Peterson – Rapid City

Don Peterson – Mitchell

Scott Peterson – Valentine

Steve Pietila – Yankton

Richard Pluimer – Spearfish

Mike Porter – Rapid City

John Raforth – Rapid City

Greg Rediger – Miller

Carlyle Richards – Aberdeen

Chuck Riter – Rapid City

Rob Ronayne – Aberdeen

Tona Rozum – Mitchell

Tom Sannes – Webster

Steven Schaeffer – Aberdeen

Marli Schippers – Rapid City

Nate Schneider – Rapid City

John Schwan – Aberdeen

Craig Smith – Gettysburg

Kurt Solay – Rapid City

Emily Sovell – Onida

Darwin Sprik – Sioux Falls

Dale Strasser – Freeman

Herb Sundall – Kennebec

Jack Theeler – Mitchell

Bobbi Thury – Sioux Falls

Jay Tolsma – Mitchell

Ron Volesky – Huron

Jayna Voss – Sioux Falls

James Walti – Pierre

Gary Ward – Viborg

Jerry Wattier – Pierre

Patricia Erickson Wheeler – Huron

Lois Wiarda – Castlewood

Todd Wilkinson – DeSmet

What will your legacy be?

The South Dakota Community Foundation’s Legacy Society honors and recognizes those who have made planned gifts to the SDCF. It’s our way of thanking our donors now for their efforts to make South Dakota a better place in the future.

Being a SDCF Legacy Society member connects you with other like-minded donors who are interested in improving South Dakota. We hold events throughout the state each year to build relationships, celebrate philanthropy, and thank you for your support of South Dakota nonprofits and the SDCF.

Planned gifts can take many different shapes. The SDCF can help you:

  • Include a donation in your will or trust
  • Designate a donation through a life insurance policy, IRA or retirement plan
  • Select family members and advisors to stay involved with gifts and grants

As always, giving through the SDCF also reduces the work you have to do to set up and maintain a fund. It may also help the funds more easily transfer from a person's estate to the charity after their death. Taking steps to make a planned gift now also has tax advantages.

Legacy Society Statement of Intent

Create Your Legacy With Us Today

If you're considering a planned gift or if you’d just like to talk about what’s possible, contact us online or give us a call at 800.888.1842.

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