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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.

Abbott House Foundation Mitchell/Rapid City
Sharlene Hoffman Anderson Aberdeen
Keith & Carolann Anderson Britton
C. Douglas & Marlas Balvin Huron
First National Bank Pierre
Bankwest Pierre
Miles & Lisa Beacom Sioux Falls
Beth and Jim Benning Spearfish
Black Hills Corporation Rapid City
Booth Society Spearfish
Patrick* & Catherine Bowar Parkston
Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud Rosebud
Bruce Brandner Herreid
Mark & Christine Buche Mitchell
Dean L. & Rosemarie Buntrock Columbia
Doug & Linda Buri Milbank
Castlewood Education Foundation Castlewood
Cheyenne River Youth Project Eagle Butte
Paul and Muffy* Christen Huron
Jim & Janice Clarkson Harding County
Lawrence* & Virginia Coss Miller
Kay Crawford Hot Springs
Janet Cronin Gettysburg
Dacotah Bank Aberdeen
Earl Davis Rapid City
John B. Davis Sioux Falls
Robert and Emily Entwisle Huron
Jeff and Linda Erickson Sioux Falls
Frank Farrar* Britton
Feeding South Dakota Statewide
Donald & Susanne Feist Rapid City
Leroy & Charlene Foster Pierre
Rod and Glenna* Fouberg Aberdeen
Randall F. Franssens Platte
Michael A. & Mary E. Fuchs Huron
Linda Mickelson Graham Sioux Falls
Gary and Connie Grittner Pierre/Fort Pierre
Barry and Marilyn Grossenburg Winner
GROW South Dakota Statewide
Wayne Gustafson Rapid City/Dupree
Wayne & Gwynn Hansen Philip
Duane and Barbara Harms Brookings
Jim & Jane Harrenga Estelline
Jim and Nini Hart Miller
Charles and Kathryn Hart Rapid City
Helpline Center Statewide
Marcia and Blake Hoffman Sioux Falls
Boyd and Dody Hopkins Artesian/Letcher/Mt. Vernon
Marilyn Hoyt Huron
Huron Hockey Association Huron
Harvey & Cynthia Jewett Aberdeen
Estate of Norma Johnson Lyman County
Scott and Julia Jones Pierre/Fort Pierre
Richard Joy Miller
Matt & Stephanie Judson Pierre
Elmer Karl Gregory
Tim & Amy Kessler Aberdeen
Dan and Arlene Kirby Sioux Falls
Jerry & Karen Kroetch Philip
Maree Larson Brookings
Margaret Lehr Huron
Deanna Lien Rapid City
Jim & Vicki Lust Aberdeen
Tom McColley Hot Springs
Gary and Deb McKellips Alcester
Jerry & Sandra Mencke Huron
John & Joy Mills Brookings
Mitzel & Sons, Inc. Herreid
James Mollison Pierre/Fort Pierre
Donald Naddy* Britton
DeMaris Nesheim Philip
Ronald & Linda Olinger Pierre/ Fort Pierre
Tom and Michele Olsen Wessington Springs
Sherman* and Kimiko Petersen Irene
POET, Inc. Sioux Falls
John and Penny Porter Sioux Falls
John and Jane Rasmussen Sisseton
Redfield School Foundation Redfield
Hugh Schilling* Britton
Terry and Nancy Schiltz Huron
Nathan & Julie Schwandt Rapid City
SD Ag & Rural Leadership Foundation Statewide
SD High School Coaches Association Statewide
SD High School Activities Association Statewide
SD Lions Foundation Statewide
Norbert and Jane Sebade Wall
Richard Sievert Huron
Paul* & Ann Sigelman Watertown
Darrell Simmons Parkston
Jeff & Marcia Sveen Huron
Bertha Turnquist North Brown County
Vic and Ethelyn Uttke Spearfish
Robert* & Jo Anna Poppe Warder Hill City/Murdo
Jeanne Weigum Mobridge
Western Dakota Tech Foundation Rapid City
Robert & Frances Wheeler* Lemmon
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

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.

Loren J. Ammann*
Avera Health
Dr. Reuben & Marlowe* Bareis
Dennis & Linda Batteen
Miles & Lisa Beacom
Boys & Girls Club of Brookings
Paul & Muffy* Christen
Coeur Wharf Resources
Lawrence* & Virginia Coss
Fred & Luella Cozad*
Delta Dental of South Dakota
Jeff & Linda Erickson
Donald & Suzanne Feist
First Dakota
Paul & Mayme Green Foundation
Gary & Connie Grittner
Marilyn Hoyt
Scott & Julia Jones
Mansour Karim*
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
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 Hall of Fame
Ed* & Peg Seljeskog
Robert Smetana Living Trust
Dimitrios Smyrnios
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

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
Rodney Freeman, Jr.
Robert Frieberg Beresford
Dana Frohling Britton
Mandy Gaikowski Sioux Falls
G. Todd Garry Webster
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
Bob Morris Belle Fourche
Kim Mortenson Ft. Pierre
Will Mortenson Ft. Pierre
Stanley Nase Hot Springs
Gordon Nielson 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
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
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

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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.

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