Fundraising Revisited

November 22, 2021 // South Dakota Fund Grants

The support from SDCF is what makes our work continue to be possible and for more children to find love and happiness again.

Jackie Horton, Executive Director, First Circuit CASA program

The First Circuit Court Appointed Special Advocate (FCCASA) Program started September 2000 in Mitchell, South Dakota. The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) recently awarded First Circuit CASA with a $8,500 South Dakota Fund grant that will support development of a fundraising strategy and plan to increase philanthropic support for their work.

“The support from SDCF will help First Circuit CASA develop a high-level funding strategy and plan to advance our fundraising with recommendations for a staffing structure to execute the plan”, stated Jackie Horton, Executive Director, First Circuit CASA Program. “CASA is dedicated to recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers dedicated to advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children currently in court proceedings. The support from SDCF is what makes our work continue to be possible and for more children to find love and happiness again.”

CASA’s mission is to represent abused and neglected children who enter the court system through no fault of their own. CASA volunteers answer to the presiding judge of the First Judicial Circuit and are appointed by the judge to work collaboratively with all involved in the child(ren)’s case.

“We are pleased to partner with First Circuit CASA and support their efforts to re-think and bolster their fundraising efforts”, said Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “This program provides crucial support for children when they are most vulnerable.”

To learn more about funding opportunities offered by the SDCF, please visit our website at https://www.sdcommunityfoundation.org/

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 1050 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2020 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.