Help for First Time Moms

December 10, 2020 // South Dakota Fund Grants
Telehealth nurse home visit

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) was a recent recipient of a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant award from the South Dakota Community Foundation. Headquartered in Denver, they have provided services to 2,500 families in South Dakota since 2000. Three LPNs currently serve 19 South Dakota counties along with one tribal community. In addition, twelve nurses serve over 260 active mothers and their families. Funds will be directed to their Phones for Families program. Free phones are provided through this program allowing new moms to connect to a virtual platform and access health information.

“We extend a huge thank you to the South Dakota Community Foundation for their support of our work in their state”, said Ryan Lucas, Grant Writer, Nurse-Family Partnership.

Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) focuses on a primary target population of low-income women who are pregnant for the first time. NFP partners each mother with a registered nurse early in their pregnancy and provides ongoing nurse visits continuing through the child’s second birthday. Prior to COVID-19, they invested in technological innovations and launched their telehealth services in 2017 developing a new mobile application, Goal Mama positioning them well for what was to come.

“We are proud to partner with the Nurse-Family Partnership”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “It is crucial that new moms are not isolated during this pandemic and have access to critical healthcare for their newborns”.

In response to the pandemic, SDCF’s Board of Directors established the Coronavirus Response Fund to directly support the needs of communities and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. This fund addresses immediate needs including access to food, shortage of volunteers, healthcare sector support and human services sector support. Donations are being accepted. If you would like to lend your support to those who continue to be impacted by this virus, or just learn more, please visit Donations can be made on-line or checks may be directed to SDCF, PO Box 296, Pierre, SD 57501. One hundred percent of donations made to the SDCF Coronavirus Fund go directly to those in need throughout our state.

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.