Miller Area Foundation

Learn about the CSA in Miller, SD.

Founded in 1994 Giving Back to Miller

The Mission

The mission of the Miller Area Foundation is to receive and administer charitable gifts creating a permanent endowment to assist a wide range of programs to qualified non-profit organizations, institutions or agencies to promote the social and economic well-being of the people of the Miller and surrounding area. It is the further intent of the Miller Area Foundation to provide the opportunity for any individuals, corporations and estates to return to their community of that which was given to them. It is our intent to continually raise endowment funds so that the earnings may be distributed to the Miller Area Foundation for economic development, human services, education, cultural and environmental enhancement.

History

The South Dakota Community Foundation officially partnered with the City of Miller in 1994 when the Hand County State Bank made a $125,000 contribution to start the Miller Area Community Foundation. Shortly after, they would receive a

challenge from an anonymous donor to raise $100,000 for a match of $50,000. They completed that challenge in less than one day! In 1997, they formally accepted a challenge to raise $100,000 in order to receive a total of $50,000 from the South Dakota Community Foundation and Northwest Area Foundation. Through generous partnerships with Hand County State Bank, community leaders, and local businesses, they reached their goal in less than three years. In 2007, Miller accepted another challenge, this time from Miller resident Richard Joy, to build on this perpetual asset for the community. The task was to raise $75,000 in order to receive a $75,000 match from Mr. Joy along with $25,000 from the South Dakota Community Foundation. The Miller area rallied together to finish this challenge by 2012. While receiving their check at the celebration for this accomplishment, they were offered yet another challenge to bolster the Miller Area Community Foundation. This time, a promise of $100,000 from an individual donor if the community would contribute $100,000! Not surprisingly, the board and all supporters present at the celebration accepted a chance to build on an already great asset for their community.

What could have taken up to five years to complete was finished in less than two. Because of the Coss’s generosity, and their commitment to community, the Miller Area Community Foundation has grown by over $226,493 since February 2013 and is now worth more than $909,000! Total grants given back to Miller and the surrounding area has surpassed $340,000 since inception.

Grants

Thanks to our generous supporters and hard working board of directors, the Miller Area Foundation has been able to distribute over $368,000 in grants to the communities since 1997. As this asset goes, so will the amount we are able to give back every year. Thanks to everyone who has made this happen!

Grant Application

Grant Guidelines

We distributed $23,600 to worthy organizations and students in 2015. Thanks to our supporters for allowing us to make an impact!

Community Day Care Association
Hand County Health Wellness & Community Foundation
Meals on Wheels
Miller School District 29-4
Ree Heights Fire Department
Backpack Buddies
Community Day Care Association
Hand County Angel Tree
Hand County Health Wellness & Community Foundation
Hands of Hope
Ree Heights Fire Department
Miller Swim Club
St. Liborius Altar Society
Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons
Hand County Historical Society
Miller Ball Association
Miller Youth Football
Miller Youth Golf
Miller^City of
Helping Hands

Scholarships

Brooke Fawcett
Alexandra Gimbel
Nicholas Ortmeier

Nonprofits are a driving force for positive change in Miller. Here are the programs we supported in 2014.

Hands of Hope
Miller Rough Riders
Miller Youth Football
On Hand Development Corporation
Wheels on Meals Corporation
Hand County Angel Tree
Klages^Macey
Community Day Care Association
Miller Outlaw Amateur
Rustler Roost Education Center
West Hand Baby Beef 4-H Club
Back Pack Buddies/Shoebox Program
Miller Music Parents

Good Samaritan Society-Miller
Miller Community Center
Girl Scouts of Miller
Hand County Angel Tree
Hand County 4-H Leaders Association
Hand County Senior Citizens Association, Inc.
Hand County Senior Citizens Association, Inc.
Heaven Bound
Meals on Wheels
South Dakota Humanities Council
First United Methodist Church
Hand County Historical Society
Sheltered Reality
Miller Fire Department
Miller Lions Club

Miller/Wessington/Wolsey Baseball Association
Hand County Angel Tree
Heaven Bound
Wheels on Meals Corporation
Hand County Historical Society
Miller Girl Scouts
Miller School District
Rustler Roost Education Center
Central Plains Art Council
GAR Cemetery
Main Street Flower Project
Miller Area Post Prom
Miller Swim Club

Our Contributions

Thanks to our generous donors, the Miller Area Foundation has experience exceptional growth. Since 1994, over $883,000 has been gifted to the Miller Area Foundation allowing for $368,400 worth of grants to be made available to the community. This resource will always be here to serve the community, so we thank those who believe in building a better Miller.

American State Bank
Amit Brahmbhatt
B. L. Hoogestraat
Becky Heidepriem
Ben Scherr
Bernie & Sally Christenson
Beverly A DeLyser
BG Ernest & Luann Edwards
Billie Sigwing
Bob Templeton
Bobbi Rosemore
Boyd & Dody Hopkins
Brad & Susan Mareska
Bushfield Estate
C.E. Johanson
Carl Johanson
Carolyn Gaudig
Carolyn Gaudig
Carolyn Gaudig
Carolyn Testerman
Carr Chiropractic Clinic
Charles Riter
Charles Sisk
Cindy Rombough
Civic & Commerce Association
Clarence & Gail Lee
Class of 1978
Clayton & Harriet Sisk
Clothes Garden
Dave & Kim Nelson
David Mitchell
Diane Goetz
Dick Zeigler
Don & Joan Joy
Don Knippling
Doris Jones
Dr. Stephen & Connie Schroeder
Dr. Wayne Carr
E.G. Whittington
Eileen Fischer
Elmer Dietrich
Faith Cahalan
Frank & Charlene Trotman
Frank Ratti
Fred & Sandy Slunecka
Gary Nelson
George & Rose Neiderauer
Georgia Dennis
Gerry Hunter
Gregory Rediger
Hand County Implement
Hand County Memorial Hospital
Hand County State Bank (Jeans day fund)
Harlan & Marcella Bushfield
Harlan Meier
HCSB Employees
Henrietta Gohring
Jeff Meyer
Jill Nelson
Jim & Nini Hart
Jim & Shirley DeGeest
Joan Bertsch
Joan Sutton
JoDean Joy
Joe Krall
John Endres
John Niederauer
John Sohrt
Judy Sisk
K.& K Greenery Inc.
Ken & Joanne Tucker
Kenny Augspurger
KGFX
Kim Manning
Kiwanis Club
Knights of Columbus South Dakota Council
Larry Hurd
Linda Hart
Lisa & Megan Hart
Lloyd Schwartz
Louise & Clark Hart
Madonna Blachford
Marian Gard
Melita Wilber
Michael Fuchs
Mike & Kay Mentzer
Mildred Trotman
Miller Area Foundation
Miller Kiwanis Club
Miller Lions Club
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Schroeder
Mrg Simon
Mrs. Herbert Heidepriem
Nancy Williams
Neil Helm
Newton Voigt
Nikki Heidepriem
On Hand Economic Development Corporation
Patrick M. Schroeder
Paul Christen
Polly Jennings
Rebecca L. Heidepriem
Reck Funeral Home
Richard Frank
Richard Joy
Richard McColley
Robert & Jill Laird
Robert Swenson D.D.S.P.C.
Ruben Widmayer
Sauer, Mary Alice
Scott & Susie Heidepriem
South Dakota Community Foundation
Terry & Valerie Augspurger
The Coss Foundation
The Hollywood Shop
Thomas Deidrich
Thomas Morog
Tim Prince
Verne Collins
Vernon Weeks
W. Gene Smith
Widmayer, Zell & Golden Heidepriem
William Kost

Becky Heidepriem
Charles & Kathryn Hart
Clayton & Harriet Sisk
Dennis & family Foust
Dr. Stephen & Connie Schroeder
Elsie Memorial Fund Winsell
Faith Cahalan
Jim & Nini Hart
K.& K Greenery Inc.
Larry Hurd
Louise & Clark Hart
Michael & Carolyn Irvine
Miller Kiwanis Club
Miller Lions Club
MOPS
Mrs. Herbert Heidepriem
Nikki Heidepriem
Rebecca L. Heidepriem
Roberta Heidepriem
Scott & Susie Heidepriem
Terry & Valerie Augspurger
Tom & Cheryl Kosakowski

Aaron & Rita Ellsworth
Agnes Kolda
All School Reunion
Allen & Dawn Joy
Allen Joy & Don Joy
Angela Clark
Bill & Sherri Carney
Bob & Lori Sutton
Bruce Stokes & Wendy R. Sherman
Carol Degeest
Carolyn Irvine
Central Plains Water Development District
Chapter AK P.E.O.
Charles & Kathleen Riter
Children of John Endres
Chris Keeter
Clarence Wagner & Lynette Moser
Clayton & Harriet Sisk
Coss Agency, Inc.
Damon & Jamie Brueggeman
Dave & Kim Nelson
David & Janet Hovey Johnson
DeGeest Electrical Service, Inc.
Delmar & Virginia Van Zee
Dennis Taylor
Don & Joan Joy
Donald & Luella Schultz
Donald Joy
Douglas & Janet Fritzsche
Dr. Vincent Derouchey
Duckwall - Alco Stores, Inc.
Faith Cahalan
Family & Friend's of Tip Sisk
Fosheim, Haberstick & Hutchinson
FowlerHoffman LLC
Frank & Charlene Trotman
Good Samaritan Society-Miller
Gregory Rediger
Harlan Meier
Harriet Kopplin
Harriet Sisk
Ida's Beauty Salon
Jalynn Joy Charitable Fund
Jalynn Joy Charitable Fund
James & Norma Waring
James Alley & Carolyn Rediger
James DeGeest
Jane Novotny
Jim & Nini Hart
Joan Bertsch
Joan Niederauer
JoDean Joy
John P. Bushfield Charitable Trust
Joseph Perpich, M.D. & Cathy Sulzberger
Judith Grunewaldt
Kenneth & Sandra Werdel
Kent & Nora Reimann
Kent Cutler
Kohlman, Bierschbach & Anderson, LLP
Lake Research Partners
Larry & Kathy Nickelson
Lee Carty
Lousie Hart & Carolyn Irvine
Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C.
Mark & Le Ann Griffin
Mary Ellen Lynass
Mary Margaret Rowen
Michael & Carolyn Irvine
Michael & Peggy Namanny
Michael & Susan Ellsworth
Mid-Dakota Rural Water Systems Inc.
Miller Area Foundation
Monsanto Fund
Mrs. Korton
Msgr. James M. Doyle
Nancy Steers
Nelson Brothers
Nelson's, Inc.
Nini Hart
Norma Carr
NuStar Foundation
Reck Funeral Home
Richard & Susan Beckman
Richard Gregerson
Richard Joy
Richard Joy/Miller Development
Ringneck Winnies
Robert & Jill Laird
Robert & Mary Bradley
Robert Bernstein & David Knight
Roberta Heidepriem
Rushmore Winnies
Scott & Kim Roeber
Scott & Susan Heidepriem
Sisk Enterprises
South Dakota Community Foundation
South Dakota Wit Travelers
Steve & Julie Statz
Susan Jones
Susie Miller
Thiel's Body & Alignment Shop
Thomas & Margie Hansen
Thomas & Patricia Adam
Thomas & Susan McDowell
Tim Prince
W. James Pound & Diane Thompson

Allen & Dawn Joy
Dale & Tammy Lichty
Darrell & Elaine Peterman
Dave & Kim Nelson
Don & Joan Joy
Donald & Luella Schultz
Good Samaritan Society-Miller
Gregory Rediger
Harriet Sisk
Heartland Pheasant Acres, LLC
Jalynn Joy Charitable Fund
Jane Novotny
Jim & Nini Hart
Kenneth & Sandra Werdel
Kevin & Tiffany Hofer
Land O' Lakes Foundation
Michael & Peggy Namanny
Phillip & Phyllis Testerman
Richard Joy

Allen & Dawn Joy
American Bank & Trust
Bob & Lori Sutton
Brian & Kathryn Schmidt
Bryan & Mary Breitling
Casey & Jan Deuter
Class of 2007
Coss Agency, Inc.
Dave & Jean Johnson
Dave & Kim Nelson
David & Dee Sivertsen
Delmar & Patricia Fawcett
Delmar & Virginia VanZee
Don & Joan Joy
Donald & Eleanor Steptoe
Donald & Luella Schultz
Douglas & JoAnn Testerman
Douglas & Linda DeBoer
Faith Cahalan
Family & Friends of Rene Bertsch
Gary & Dianne Neyens
Glenda Bertsch
Good Samaritan Society-Miller
Greg & Dawn Haar
Greg & Lana Eichstadt
Heartland Pheasant Acres, LLC
Hugh & Janis VanVuuren
James & Eleanor Iverson
James & Pauline Bevers
Jerry & Honiann Peterka
Jerry Cotton
Jim & Arleen Schick
Jim & Marilyn Dyer
Jim & Nini Hart
JoAnn Morford
JoDean Joy
John & Chris Niederauer
John & Mary Keller
Julie Novotny
Kenneth & Sandra Werdel
Kevin & Tiffany Hofer
Larry & Kathy Nickelson
Leland & Jannine Lindquist
Luce, Luze & Reck Funeral Homes
Marty & Michele (Seaton) Bertsch
Merrill & Kathleen Hass
Michael & Peggy Namanny
Norman & Margueritte Meriweather
Paul & Katharine Weiblen
Paul & Sheri Koeck
Phillip & Phyllis Testerman
Polo Knights of Columbus
Reck Funeral Home
Richard Joy Fund
Robert & Connie Templeton
Robert & Sandra Mullaney
Roger & Myrna Bertsch
Ron & Audrey Campbell
Scott & Brenda Oligmueller
Sidney & Nancy Fosheim
South Dakota Community Foundation
Steven & Tina DeGeest
Susan Jones
Terrisa Fisher
Terry & Valerie Augspurger
Tim & Kristi Prince
Tom & Renae Morog
Wayne & Margaret Moncur

Allen & Dawn Joy
Dave & Kim Nelson
Don & Joan Joy
Jim & Nini Hart
JoAnn Morford
Kenneth & Mary Cotton
Kenneth & Sandra Werdel
Kevin & Tiffany Hofer
Marvin VanDerWerff
Maxon & Linda Conkey
Michael & Carolyn Irvine
Richard Joy
Richard Joy Fund
Ron & Betty Jo Welch
South Dakota Community Foundation

Allen & Dawn Joy
Betty Johnson
Beverly Cain
Carr Chiropractic Clinic
Coss Agency, Inc.
Dale & Tammy Lichty
Daniel & Sheila Coss
Darrell & Stella Foreman
Dave & Kim Nelson
Delmar & Patricia Fawcett
Dennis & Connie Fawcett
Dennis & Jane Gilk
Dennis & Mary Cundy
Don & Joan Joy
Donald & Eleanor Steptoe
Donald & Kimberly McDaniel
Donald & Luella Schultz
Donald & Norma Reimann
Donovan & Dorothy Salberg
Dora Mowry
Dwan DeGeest
Faith Cahalan Estate
Frank & Charlene Trotman
Glenn & Darlene Puncochar
Glenyce DeGeest
Harlen & Helen Hochhalter
Harriet Kopplin
Helen Fawcett
James DeGeest
Jenise Krick
Jim & Chris Keeter
Jim & Nini Hart
JoDean Joy
Joel & Donna Huber
John Werdel
John, Lex & Clayton Werdel
Joy Baker
Kathryn Coss
Keith & Carol Stobbs
Kenneth & Mary Margaret Rowen
Kenneth & Sandra Werdel
Kevin & DeeAnn Coss
Kevin & Tiffany Hofer
Larry & Kathy Nickelson
Lawrence & Virginia Coss
Luikens-Hofer Funeral Home, Inc.
Madora Bahr
Marvin VanDerWerff
Matthew Fawcett
Maxon & Linda Conkey
Michael & Anne Weaver
Mike & Nanette Donlin
Miller Area Foundation
Myrna Knadle
Myron & Joyce Wieseler
Neil & Sandra Stevens
Norma Carr
Orville & Karen Kleinsasser
Ralph & Barbara Zieger
Richard Joy
Richard Joy Fund
Robert & Marlene Gerig
Robert & Sandra Mullaney
Ron & Audrey Campbell
Ron & Betty Jo Welch
Shane & Kimberly Sporrer
Terry & Valerie Augspurger
Terry Krick
Thiel's Body & Alignment Shop
Warren & Alta Case
Wayne & Margaret Moncur
Wilma Jones

Allen & Dawn Joy
Coss Agency, Inc.
Dave & Kim Nelson
Donald & Eleanor Steptoe
Donald & Luella Schultz
Donald & Norma Reimann
Donald Wharton
Dora Mowry
Glenn & Darlene Puncochar
Harriet Kopplin
Helen Fawcett
Jim & Nini Hart
Joanne Tucker
John & Eleanor Urenos
Joy Lodge
Kenneth & Sandra Werdel
Kenneth & Sandra Werdel
Kevin & Tiffany Hofer
Kristal Volquardsen Agency, Inc.
Land O' Lakes Foundation
Lawrence & Virginia Coss
Leon D. Crossman
Michael & Anne Weaver
Mike & Nanette Donlin
Neil & Sandra Stevens
Richard Joy
Richard Joy Fund
Ron & Betty Jo Welch
South Dakota Community Foundation
Terry & Valerie Augspurger
Warren & Alta Case

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