To provide immediate, short-term, critical financial support to women in South Dakota.

Fund Details

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Small grants that make a big difference

It isn’t always easy to make ends meet. Sudden illnesses, loss of employment, abuse, and other issues can spring up and devastate strong women in our communities. We help them get back on their feet.

The Fairy Godmother’s Fund was created to improve the health and well-being of South Dakota women with limited resources. The fund helps them address immediate, short-term, critical needs that can't be met by traditional funding options. There are no grant applications, no long forms or dense financial paperwork to fill out. Our advisory council of women throughout the state works to ensure the funds are directly paid to benefit women’s needs throughout the year.

A fairy godmother is always ready to lend a helping hand.

Through your contribution to The Fairy Godmother’s Fund, you can help the women of South Dakota. With your involvement, this can be a never-ending story of people helping people.

Every first-time contributor of $100 or more will receive a fairy godmother lapel pin. For a donation of $250 or more, you’ll also receive a fairy godmother tote. We invite you to wear these to spark interest among other women.

For more information on The Fairy Godmother’s Fund, read our brochure or contact us.

Advisory Council

The Fairy Godmother’s Fund’s Advisory Council consists of women from across the state. The women volunteer their time to ensure funds are paid to the most pressing needs.

  • Beth Benning of Spearfish
  • Sally Christenson of Pierre
  • Linda Erickson of Sioux Falls
  • Marilyn Grossenburg of Winner
  • Barbara Harms of Brookings
  • Jean Koehler of Mitchell
  • Amy Mickelson of Sioux Falls
  • Penny Porter of Sioux Falls
  • Peg Seljeskog of Rapid City
  • Ann Sigelman of Watertown

The Fairy Godmother’s Fund continues to gain momentum. Donations go to meet pressing needs in the lives of women who are struggling with medical challenges, striving for a brighter future or are being mistreated. South Dakotans don’t think twice about helping their neighbors in need, so consequently, I find it fairly easy to ask friends and neighbors to support those who need it most.

the late Glenna Fouberg, Fairy Godmother’s Fund Advisory Council Charter Member

Grants from the Fairy Godmother's Fund benefit women in a variety of ways including:

  • A woman struggling with the after-effects of a rear-end collision was able to purchase a device that cleans her BiPAP machine, which she needs to help her sleep.
  • The teenage daughter of one recipient was involved in a debilitating car accident resulting in many unexpected expenses. Your generous contribution helped alleviate some of that.
  • Dollars resulted in a woman being able to put a safe distance between her family and their abuser.
  • A woman was able to finish Grad School after receiving support for bills accumulating during her final semester. She was working full-time and finishing an internship, which was a requirement for the degree.
  • Fairy dust was sprinkled on a recipient that was suffering from numerous medical conditions. The result was that she could fill all her necessary medications without having to "pick and choose".

How to Make a Referral to the Fairy Godmother's Fund

All requests for assistance must come from nonprofit organizations or community members. The Fairy Godmother’s Fund does not accept self-referrals. Contact the SDCF at (800) 888-1842 to obtain a referral form.

Lending a Helping Hand

Your generous contributions make a huge difference in the lives of women all across South Dakota. Your assistance to these women in their time of need is greatly appreciated. So far, donors have contributed nearly $314,000 to the fund. Join your friends and neighbors in supporting the Fairy Godmother’s Fund and help make an impact in your community!

Donors: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Thomas & Diane Agnitsch

Joel & Jane Albrecht

Roberta Ambur


Shari Budahl Avery

Deanell Backlund

Jim & Beth Benning

Tim & Bonnie Bjork

Jim & Donna Boekelheide

Bruce & LeeAnn Brandner

James & Linda Breckenridge

Josh & Marissa Brinkman

Gordon & Jane Brown

Susan Burgard

Doug & Linda Buri

Doug & Linda Buri Charitable Foundation

William, Jr. & Kendra Calhoun

Richard & Mary Carter

Bernie & Sally Christenson Family Fund

Sally Christenson

Catherine Clark

Betty Clay

Deb Fischer Clemens

James & Elizabeth Cox

Janet B. Cronin

Clay & Karen Cudmore

Barb Cutler

Jeanette Daines

Daugaard for South Dakota

Dennis & Linda Daugaard

Jan DeBerg

Kathleen Dredla

Kris & Steve Egger Charitable Fund

Douglas & Anita Eilers

Jeff & Linda Erickson

Michael Evans Revocable Trust

Mary Fargen

David Flicek & June Nusz

Jim & Sharon Forney

Robert & Erin Fouberg

Rodney & Glenna Fouberg

Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Todd & Linda Fulmer

Mary Gederos

Kenneth & Andrea Giedt

Richard & Nancy Gowen

Leah Graham

Linda Mickelson Graham

Barry & Marilyn Grossenburg

Emily Guhin

Wayne Gustafson

William & Patricia Haigh

Barbara Reed Harms

Jim & Nini Hart

Chris & Angela Hase

Theresa Henehan

Marnie Herrmann

Jon & Carla Hoffman

Joan Hogan

Dody Hopkins

Marilyn Hoyt

Dr. Tad & Kathy Jacobs

Glenn & Sharon Jakober

Kay James

Paula Jensen

Ardelle Johnson

Bradley & Carol Johnson

Dusty & Jacquelyn Johnson

Kathryn Johnson

Janet Kahler

Darrel & Deanna Kaiser

Steve & Marty Kalkman Charitable Fund

T. & Karen Kellen

The Kind Foundation

Jacki Koehler

Jean A. Koehler

Mary Lamont

Chad & Michelle Lang

Donley & Carolyn Lang

Mary Ellen Lantis

Delores Lauinger

Edith Lien

Jim & Vicki Lust

Mark & Beth Massa

Robert & Donna Masters

Robert & Pamela McLaughlin

Victoria Mettler

Carmen Meyer

Amy Mickelson

Rees & Bonnie Mielke

Brad & Kathy Moore

Mike & Kathi Mueller

Mark & Lynn Murphy

Diane Ness

Gerald & Galynn Nichols

Dan & Ginger Niemann

Nancy Noess

NorthWestern Energy

Deborah Olson

Tom & Lori Oster

Gary & Connie Palmer

Ann Paradise

Patti Petersen

John & Penny Porter

Presentation Sisters

Georgia Ramos

Lavern & Jean Rasmussen

Geraldine Ray

Regency Development

Eldon & Donna Reich

Sheila Richards

John & Tona Rozum

Tona Rozum

George & Diane Sandhoff

Randall & Nancy Schaap

Daniel & Rebecca Schenk

Melody Schopp

Edward & Peg Seljeskog

Joe & Cindy Senger

Scott & Debra Shephard

Ann Sigelman

Terry & Anita Small

Jerry & Deb Soholt

Dean & Rita Sorenson Charitable Fund

South Dakota Community Foundation

James & Francine Spies

Steve & Julie Statz Charitable Account

John & Nancy Sternquist

Yvonne Streight

Sharon Stroschein

Kathleen Stuck

Bob & Lori Sutton

Linda Theobald

Leon & Virginia Tobin

Peggy Urquhart

Dr. Victoria Walker

Lorene Webb

Helen Wegner

Roger & Jody Werth

Curt A. & Susan R. Wischmeier

Sandra Zinter

A Strong Start

The Fairy Godmother’s Fund began in 2009 with $11,000 in donations from hundreds at a women’s conference in Pierre, including $5,000 from the South Dakota Community Foundation.

With that strong foundation, the fund has continued to grow. During our twelve years of grantmaking, the endowment fund at the South Dakota Community Foundation holds over $390,000 and has awarded 150 grants totaling nearly $68,000.

“The needs that come before the advisory council are tangible and urgent. The Fairy Godmother’s Fund has the power and agility to meet needs that many traditional nonprofits and social service organizations are unable to fulfill. When darkness and challenges loom large, the Fairy Godmother’s Fund shines a ray of hope into the lives of South Dakota women through financial assistance.”

Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer

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