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$10,000 awarded to First Circuit Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program

January 17, 2024 // Grants, South Dakota Fund Grants

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to the First Circuit Appointed Special Advocate (FCCASA) Program. This program defends children's rights impacted by abuse or neglect. Funding will assist in strategic planning focused on volunteer recruitment and fundraising.

“Empowered by this grant, we'll evaluate our current volunteer recruitment outreach methods and use these funds to strategically evolve volunteer recruitment and fundraising efforts,” states Jackie Horton, Executive Director, First Circuit CASA.

Photo left to right: Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF; Yaque Delval, Community Outreach Director; Macy Bohl, Assistant Program Manager; Bonnie Scott, Program Manager and Jackie Horton, Executive Director.

Established by Davison County Child Protection in Mitchell, SD, the FCCASA Program defends children's rights impacted by abuse or neglect. Their belief is simple: every child deserves a committed CASA volunteer, meticulously trained to echo their best interests. Their mission unwaveringly strives to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every child who has experienced abuse or neglect can be safe, have a permanent home, and have the opportunity to thrive. Judges rely on CASA volunteers for their proficiency in partnering with diverse professionals, from social workers to educators. As designated court officials, these volunteers undertake in-depth assessments, offer informed recommendations, and, crucially, furnish the court with an unbiased child-centric view.

“We are very proud to collaborate with CASA on their mission to support children of neglect or abuse by giving them every opportunity to thrive,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Having an advocate to offer support ensures they are taken seriously and that their rights are respected.”

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers 1,200 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $31 million in grants in 2023 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/giving to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.