Accessibility for Everyone

May 1, 2020 // South Dakota Fund Grants
YFS Check Presentation

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $20,000 South Dakota Fund grant to Youth & Family Services, Inc. (YFS). Funds provided partial support for the purchase and installation of an elevator in a new two-story classroom wing at their E Adams Street facility expansion project located in Rapid City.

“We are very thankful for the generous support and partnership with the South Dakota Community Foundation”, said Connie Olson, YFS Chief Development Officer. “Working together, we are able to meet the immediate and future needs of children and families in our community.”

Youth & Family Services, Inc. proudly serves and employs individuals with a variety of abilities. To ensure that everyone YFS serves and employs can safely and easily access the second story in the new addition, the organization included an elevator in the design plan. In addition to allowing safe passage between floors for persons of different ability levels, the elevator also allows for safer and easier transport of large items between floors.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with Youth & Family Services, Inc. as they provide accessibility for both clients and staff”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Family programs are housed on the second floor and it is imperative that everyone can benefit from these services.”

In the past, the South Dakota Fund grants focused on culture, economic development, education, health and human services programs. Due to rapidly changing circumstances, grantmaking efforts have been reprioritized to focus on requests dealing with the Coronavirus, and its impact on nonprofit organizations and those that they serve. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting

About the SDCF

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 980 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2019 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 to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.