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

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.

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

Since 1987, the South Dakota Community Foundation has had the privilege to work with generous people wanting to give their neighbors a better place to call HOME. Our Hometown Heroes are a special group of people with a passion for helping communities grow and thrive. They have played a vital role in strengthening the SDCF and the entire state of South Dakota by inspiring others to help improve the lives of others.

C. Douglas & Marlas Balvin Huron
First National Bank Pierre
BankWest Pierre
Black Hills Corporation Rapid City
Dacotah Bank Aberdeen
Earl Davis Rapid City
John B. Davis Sioux Falls
Frank Farrar Britton
Leroy & Charlene Foster Pierre
Randall F. Franssens Platte
Michael A. & Mary E. Fuchs Huron
Jim & Jane Harrenga Estelline
Richard Joy Miller
Elmer Karl Gregory
Jerry & Karen Kroetch Philip
Margaret Lehr Huron
Jim & Vicki Lust Aberdeen
Jerry & Sandra Mencke Huron
James Mollison Pierre/Fort Pierre
Sherman & Kimiko Peterson Irene
Nathan & Julie Schwandt Rapid City
Paul* & Ann Sigelman Watertown
Darrell D. Simmons Parkston
Vic & Ethelyn Uttke Spearfish
Robert* & Frances* Wheeler Lemmon
Curt & Susan Wischmeier Aberdeen


Beth & Jim Benning Spearfish
Patrick* & Catherine Bowar Parkston
Bruce Brandner Herreid
Muffy* & Paul Christen Huron
Virginia Coss Miller
Robert & Emily Entwisle Huron
Jeff & Linda Erickson Sioux Falls
Rod & Glenna Fouberg Aberdeen
Gary & Connie Grittner Pierre/Fort Pierre
Barry & Marilyn Grossenburg Winner
Duane & Barbara Harms Brookings
Jim & Nini Hart Miller
Marcia & Blake Hoffman Sioux Falls
Boyd & Dody Hopkins Artesian/Letcher/Mt. Vernon
Marilyn Hoyt Huron
Scott & Julia Jones Pierre/Fort Pierre
Dan & Arlene Kirby Sioux Falls
Maree Larson Brookings
Deanna Lien Rapid City
Gary & Deb McKellips Alcester
DeMaris Nesheim Philip
Donald Naddy Britton
Tom & Michele Olsen Wessington Springs
John & Penny Porter Sioux Falls
John & Jane Rasmussen Sisseton
Hugh Schilling Britton
Terry & Nancy Schiltz Huron
Norbert & Jane Sebade Wall
Bertha Turnquist North Brown County
John Zilverberg* Highmore


Honoring two South Dakota families Christen-Larson Heritage Circle

Paul and Muffy Christen

The Christen-Larson Heritage Circle honors two very important families in the evolution and continued growth of the South Dakota Community Foundation. Paul and the late Muffy Christen championed growth and sustainability in the communities in which they owned and operated banks.

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.

Paul & Mayme Green Foundation
Dimitrios Smyrnios
Hugh Schilling*
Bob & Lori Sutton
DeMaris Nesheim

Dr. Reuben & Marlowe* Bareis
Boys & Girls Club of Brookings
Paul & Muffy* Christen
Coeur Wharf Resources
Lawrence* & Virginia Coss
Jeff & Linda Erickson
Gary & Connie Grittner
Marilyn Hoyt
Scott & Julia Jones
Mansour Karim*
Ralph* & Helen Kranz
Dale & Patricia* Larson
Bruce* & Deanna Lien
John* & Linda Lillibridge
Tom* & Dr. Cynthia Lillibridge
Donald Naddy
Nordby Family
Rebecca Christen Pohlad
Kathryn Christen Mitchell Ramstad
Charles & Lois Ann Rose
T. Denny Sanford
SD Hall of Fame
Ed & Peg Seljeskog
Torness Family
John Zilverberg*


Professional advisors playing a key role in philanthropy Key Club

Professional advisors play a key role in the special stories that make up the South Dakota Community Foundation. These advisors have earned the trust of donors writing their stories to be told today and many years from now. These SDCF Key Club advisors continue to inspire their clients to explore ways to improve the lives of their neighbors in our state.

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
Robert Frieberg Beresford
Dana Frohling Britton
Mandy Gaikowski Sioux Falls
G. Todd Garry Webster
Pat Goetzinger Rapid City
Steve Gohn Huron
Brad Grossenburg Sioux Falls
Jonathan Guenthner Mitchell
Jack Gunvordahl Burke
Jim Haar Tripp
Dale Hansen* Deceased
Steve Hein Huron
Rich Hinseth Rapid City
Curt Jensen Rapid City
Don Kainz Aberdeen
McLean Thompson Kerver Rapid City
Andrew Knutson Sioux Falls
Sarah Richardson Larson Sioux Falls
Aron Martz Rapid City
Jonathan McCoy Rapid City
Mike McGill Beresford
Barb Miller Hot Springs
Karen Miller Huron
John Mitchell Rapid City
Trudy Morgan Mitchell
Bob Morris Belle Fourche
Kim Mortenson Ft. Pierre
Will Mortenson Ft. Pierre
Gordon Nielsen Sisseton
Eric Nies Spearfish
Lester Nies Spearfish
Heath Oberloh Sioux Falls
Michael Ortner Hot Springs
Jeff Partridge Rapid City
Shane Penfield Lemmon
Don E. 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
John Schwan Aberdeen
Craig Smith Gettysburg
Kurt Solay Rapid City
Emily Sovell Onida
Darwin Sprik
Dale Strasser Freeman
Herb Sundall Kennebec
Scott Swier Avon
Jack Theeler Mitchell
Bobbi Thury Sioux Falls
Jay Tolsma
Jayna Voss Sioux Falls
James Walti Pierre
Gary Ward Viborg
Jerry Wattier Pierre
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

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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.

Visit our planned giving site