Vermillion Area Community Foundation

Looking Forward...Giving Back

Founded in 2000 Giving Back to Vermillion

The Vermillion Area Community Foundation was established in 2000 for the sole purpose of creating an endowed fund to build financial resources, that aren’t depleted each year and are forever and perpetual, to assist with capital projects that address community needs and that impact and enhance the quality of community life for residents of all ages.

The Challenge

The volunteer group of leaders who established the VACF also accepted a challenge from the South Dakota Community Foundation to raise $100,000 for their endowment fund. In return, the SDCF would grant them $25,000 toward their perpetual fund. Thanks to the generosity of Vermillion residents, and the hard work of our board, we met the challenge in under three years.

Grants

The Vermillion Area Community Foundation funds projects that improve the quality of life in the Vermillion area and have a positive impact on our community. We award approximately $18,000 annually over the course of up to two grant cycles to local organizations, with grant applications due on March 15th and September 15th each year.

Please submit grant applications on this form.

In recent years, VACF has funded about 8 grants per year, with average grant amounts running between $2000-$4000 per award. Because we try to meet as many needs as possible, we are not able to provide funding for 100% of all projects.

Our Contributors

Since 2021, the Vermillion Area Community Foundation has given back over $175,700 to the community because of donors like you! Without the support of current and past residents, businesses, and alumni, we would not be able to do the work that we do. Special thanks to everyone below for believing in what we do.

Jack L & Phyllis R Noble
Eldon & Sherry Nygaard
Robert & Marcella Oden
David & Janice Olson
Luann Ouellette
John E Paulson
Peters Family Rentals
J. M. Peterson
Pi Beta Phi
Ivan Pierce
Polaris Industries
Frank & Anne Pommersheim
John Powell & Lisa Ketcham
John Powell
Paul & Jessica Preister
Frances L. & Gary R. Rasmussen
Walter D & Dorothy A Reed
Curtis & Nancy Robinson
Dr. C.L. & R.E. Roegiers
Dr. C.L. & R. E. Roegiers
Richard & Sharon Ross
Arthur & Lana Rusch
Thomas & Peggy Schaack
Tom & Peggy Schaak
George & Evelyn Schlenker
Larry Schou
E. Joan Schroeder
Cora E. Scott & Luann Ouellette
Cora E Scott
Edith Revocable Trust Siegrist
Edith Siegrist
Silver Dollar Saloon
Sioux Valley Vermillion
Elizabeth Theiss Smith
Gary & Keley Smith-Keller
SD Community Foundation
South Dakota Community Foundation
Dean Spader
Robert & Yvonne Kirkland Stark
Thomas & Susan Stogsdill
John & Maureen Storm
Richard & Lucille Storm
Summerset Acres Mobile Home Park
Summerset Rentals
Richard & Janet Sunde
Keith & Debra Thomas
Craig Thompson
Craig Thompson Law Office
Timothy & Kathleen Tracy
Douglas & Susan Tuve
University Plaza
John Van Sambeek
Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce
Vermillion Civic Council
Vermillion Development Company, Inc.
Vermillion Fertilizer Company
Vermillion Lions Club
Vermillion Rotary Club
City of Vermillion
Barry & Mary Vickrey
Lyle & June Wagner
Lanny & Vicki Walker
Wal*Mart Stores Inc.
Wells Fargo Bank South Dakota NA
Charles C Yelverton MD

Bank of the West
Joseph & Kaye Bjorkman
Bob & Jane Bowker
Laurence D. Brady
Jeff & Brenda Chatham
David & Lynne Daugherty-Day
First Bank & Trust
John & Pat Gors
David & Rhonda Hulkonen
Keith Joy & Candace Lomika Joy
Daniel & Lori Kenton
Lisa Ketcham
Knutson Family Dentistry, LLP
Young Moore, III
Ted & Karen Muenster
Jack L. & Phyllis R. Noble
J. M. Peterson
Paul & Jessica Preister
Dr. C.L. & R.E. Roegiers
Thomas & Peggy Schaack
Edith Revocable Trust Siegrist
Estate of Edith Siegrist
South Dakota Community Foundation
Dean Spader & Vikki Fix
Thomas & Susan Stogsdill
Bob & Lori Sutton
Douglas & Susan Tuve

Edis J. Anderson
Ardith & Donald Baer
Bank of the West
Kenneth & Jo Anne Beringer
Laurence Brady
Ralph & Lynne Brown
Douglas & Mona Bye
Jeff & Brenda Chatham
Clark & Deborah Christensen
Clay Union Electric Corporation
Alan Clem
Sylvester Clifford
E. Howard & Marjory Coker
C. Joe & Leota Conroy
CorTrust Bank-Mitchell
Donald & Jeanne Dahlin
Jeffrey & Kristine Esbenshade
First Bank & Trust
Rollie & Susan French
Alan & Julie Fritch
Carol & Thomas Geu
Thomas & Carol Geu
Douglas & Barbara Goodman
John & Patricia Gors
Patrick & Donna Gross
Rodney Haars & Laura Jenski
Kurt & Susan Hackemer
Marlon & Pamela Hanson
Gerald & Mary Lea Hennies
Laura Hollingsworth
Steven & Mari Howe
Joe & Jeanette Hubert
Dennis & Beth Johnson
Jerry & Betty Johnson
Charles & Fern Kaufman
Michael & Paula Keller
Louie's Carpet Cleaning
Mart Auto Body & Marine
James & Crystal McGuire
Nick & Mary Merrigan
Young Moore, III
Ted & Karen Muenster
Sue Navrat
Ivan Pierce
Frank Pommersheim & Anne Dunham
John Powell
Dr. C.L. & R.E. Roegiers
Thomas & Peggy Schaack
Larry Schou
E. Joan Schroeder
Gary & Janice Small
Thomas Sorensen
Dean Spader & Vikki Fix
Berwyn Svoboda
Keith & Debra Thomas
Craig K. Thompson Attorney at Law
Craig Thompson
Timothy & Kathleen Tracy
City of Vermillion "Round up Utilities" Program
Scott & Pamela Wagner
Zelena Weisz
Jerry & Norma Wilson
Pat & Theresa Wingen

Jeff & Brenda Chatham
Clark & Deborah Christensen
"Round Up Program"
Jim & Colette Abbott
Edis J. Anderson
Kenneth & Jo Anne Beringer
Joseph & Kaye Bjorkman
Laurence Brady
Robert Brown & Anna Christensen
Steve Brown & Anna Christensen
Jeff & Brenda Chatham
Clark & Deborah Christensen
Clay Union Electric Corporation
E. Howard & Marjory Coker
CorTrust Bank, NA
Donald & Jeanne Dahlin
David & Lynne (Daugherty) Day
David & Lynne Daugherty-Day
Charles & Sandra Dickenson
Anthony & Lisha Edelen
Mary & Joseph Edelen
Jeffrey & Kristine Esbenshade
First Bank & Trust
C.L. & Nila Fostvedt
Alan & Julie Fritch
Thomas & Carol Geu
Gordon McCormick Corporation
John & Patricia Gors
Rodney Haars & Laura Jenski
Kurt & Susan Hackemer
Laura Hollingsworth
Tom & Laura Hollingsworth
Joe & Jeanette Hubert
Allen & Maxine Johnson
Dennis & Beth Johnson
Matt & Stephanie Judson
Michael & Paula Keller
Lisa Ketcham
Knutson Family Dentistry, LLP
Louie's Carpet Cleaning & Disaster Restoration
Michelle Maloney
Nancy McCahren
James & Crystal McGuire
Nick & Mary Merrigan
Young Moore, III
Ted & Karen Muenster
Luann Ouellette
Ivan Pierce
John Powell
Paul & Jessica Preister
PrintSource Network, Inc.
Charles & Rosie Roegiers
Alan & Susan Ruedebusch
Thomas & Peggy Schaack
Thomas & Mary Sorensen
Dean Spader & Vikki Fix
Richard & Janet Sunde
Keith & Debra Thomas
Craig K. Thompson Attorney at Law
Douglas & Susan Tuve
City of Vermillion "Round up Utilities" Program
Barry & Mary Vickrey
Lanny & Vicki Walker
Jerry & Norma Wilson
Patrick & Theresa Wingen
Charles & Barbara Yelverton

Jim & Colette Abbott
Edis J. Anderson
Kenneth & Jo Anne Beringer
Joseph & Kaye Bjorkman
Laurence Brady
Robert Brown & Anna Christensen
Steve Brown & Anna Christensen
Jeff & Brenda Chatham
Clark & Deborah Christensen
Clay Union Electric Corporation
E. Howard & Marjory Coker
CorTrust Bank, NA
Donald & Jeanne Dahlin
David & Lynne (Daugherty) Day
David & Lynne Daugherty-Day
Edis J. Anderson
Bank of the West
Robert Brown & Anna Christensen
Clark & Deborah Christensen
Alan Clem
Sylvester Clifford
E. Howard & Marjory Coker
CorTrust Bank
Donald & Jeanne Dahlin
David & Lynne (Daugherty) Day
Joe & Mary Edelen
Elkhart County Community Foundation
Jeffrey & Kristine Esbenshade
First Bank & Trust
C.L. & Nila Fostvedt
Alan & Julie Fritch
Douglas & Barbara Goodman
John & Patricia Gors
Patrick & Donna Gross
Kurt & Susan Hackemer
Gerald & Mary Lea Hennies
Jerad Higman
Tom & Laura Hollingsworth
Steven & Mari Howe
Joe & Jeanette Hubert
Ann Smith Interiors
Russell & Kari Jensen
Charles & Fern Kaufman
Michael & Paula Keller
Maloney Real Estate, LLC
Young Moore, III & Gwendolyn Moore Trust
Young Moore, III
Ted & Karen Muenster
James Peterson
John Powell & Lisa Ketcham
Red Steakhouse, Inc.
William & Robin Richardson
Charles & Rosie Roegiers
Richard & Lynn Rognstad
Sharon Ross
Arthur & Lana Rusch
Thomas & Peggy Schaack
Thomas & Mary Sorensen
South Dakota Community Foundation
Richard & Janet Sunde
Craig Thompson Law Office
Craig K. Thompson Attorney at Law
Jill Tyler
Lanny & Vicki Walker
Patrick & Theresa Wingen

Jim & Colette Abbott
Bank of the West
Clark & Deborah Christensen
CorTrust Bank
Dakota Hospital Foundation, Inc.
Charles & Sandra Dickenson
Joe & Mary Edelen
First Bank & Trust
John & Patricia Gors
Kurt & Susan Hackemer
Gerald & Mary Lea Hennies
Michael & Paula Keller
Ted & Karen Muenster
David & Janice Olson
John Powell
Paul & Jessica Preister
Richard & Lynn Rognstad
Richard & Sharon Ross
Arthur & Lana Rusch
Thomas & Peggy Schaack
Simmons Law, PC
Dean Spader & Vikki Fix
Keith & Debra Thomas
Craig K. Thompson Attorney at Law
City of Vermillion "Round up Utilities" Program
Lanny & Vicki Walker
Steven & Mary Waller
Patrick & Theresa Wingen
Charles & Barbara Yelverton

James Abbott

The Bean Community Coffee House

John Banasiak and Carol Strandell

Steve Brown and Anna Christensen

Terrence and Lindia Brady

Bank of the West

Richard and Marjean Barta

Bill and Charla Brunick

Ruth Bylander

Clark and Deborah Christensen

E Howard and Marjory Coker

Alan Clem

Cleland and Pat Cook

Jeff and Brenda Chatham

Grada Christensen

Dave and Jill Chickering

City of Vermillion "round up"

Michael and Kathy Carlson

Orla Christensen and Joan England

Cedar Cottage LLC

David and Lynne Day

Dr William and Cyndi Dendinger

Ross and Sandy Dickenson

Donald and Jeanne Dahlin

Robert and Vicki Dehner

John Dudleyand Judith Zwolak

Anthony and Lisha Edelen

Joe and Mary Edelen

Jeffrey and Kristine Esbenshae

Carl and Cleo Edeburn

Patricia Flanigan

Patrick and Donna Gross

Douglas and Barbara Goodman

Gapp Counseling Services LLC

Robert and Judith Gregoire

John and Patricia Gors

Amy Hay

Gloria Hensley

Joe and Jeanette Hubert

Kurt and Susan Hackemer

Todd and Kelly Heine

Gerald and Mary Lea Hennies

Richard Hammond and Sarah Chadima

Janet Hoff

Lila Hirsch

David and Rhonda Hulkonen

Gene and Marjorie Iverson

Keith and Candance Joy

Dennis and Beth Johnson

Delores Jorgensen

Tim and Barbara Johnson

Allen and Maxine Johnson

Knutson Family Dentristry LLP

Fern Kaufman

Shari Kolbeck

Michael and Paula Keller

Arvid and Sandra Krueger

Louie's Carpet Cleaning & Disaster Restoration

Alvin and Kyong Leber

Tom and Mary Merrigan

Michelle Maloney

Maloney Real Estate LLC

James Moran

Lonnie and Sandra Mockler

Paul Mayand Mary Berry

Gary Madsen

Ted and Karen Munester

Jo Nesmith

Dennis Navrat

Janet Neitzke

Luann Ouellette

Jerry and Carolyn Prentice

James and Bergen Peterson

Douglas and Jennifer Peterson

Paul and Jessica Preister

Jack Powell and Lisa Ketcham

Phyllis Packard

Richard and Lynn Rognstad

Walter and Dorothy Reed

Sharon Ross

Arthur and Lana Rusch

Charles and Rosie Roegiers

Lamont and Myesha Sellars

Larry and Loretta Severson

Matthew Sayre

William and Amy Schweinle

Timothy and Kathleen Tracy

Douglas and Susan Tuve

Keith and Debra Thomas

Craig K Thompson Attorney at Law

Craig and Marsha Thompson

Donald and Audrey Ticknor

Vermillion Bingo Fundraiser

Laura Vidler

Robert Wharton

Patrick and Theresa Wingen

Lanny and Vicki Walker

Stephen and Carol Voss Ward

Charles and Barbara Yelverton

Mark and Karyl Yockey

Download Roundup Giving Flyer

The Vermillion Area Community Foundation has established a “Round Up For Your Community” program, in partnership with the City of Vermillion, that provides residents with an opportunity to make a big difference and to give back to their community for years to come. If you are a city utility user, you can voluntarily sign up to “round up” your monthly utility bill to the nearest dollar. The maximum investment in any month would be 99 cents, and in a year, $11.88. Funds collected by the city through utility billing are remitted back to the VACF to be invested into the permanently endowed fund, and as the fund grows, additional proceeds are available each year for community projects. Contributions to the VACF, as a 501c3 organization, are tax deductible. This program is available for residential and business users.

We hope that you will join us in contributing to this legacy program for Vermillion by “signing up and rounding up for your community.” Thank you!

Respectfully, the Vermillion Area Community Foundation Board of Directors on behalf of our community

Meet Our Advisory Council

    • Kurt Hackemer - Chair
    • Michelle Maloney - Vice Chair
    • Deb Christensen - Treasurer
    • Anna Christensen - Secretary
    • Anthony Edelen
    • Patricia Flanigan
    • Shelby Quail
    • Lynn Rognstad
    • Craig Thompson
    • Susan Tuve
    • Katey Ulrich

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Thank you for your interest in our foundation. If you have questions or comments about partnership opportunities, please let us know.