In Plain Sight

December 10, 2019 // South Dakota Fund Grants
check presentation Northern Plains Eye Foundation

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) presented a $6,000 South Dakota Fund grant to Northern Plains Eye Foundation (NPEF). Funds will support technology upgrades necessary for NPEF’s ongoing research and overall vision screening outreach.

“Our Foundation is honored to receive this grant award and truly grateful for the support the South Dakota Community Foundation provides to nonprofits, like ours, throughout the state,” said Ronda Gusinsky, Executive Director, Northern Plains Eye Foundation. “This grant will fund necessary technology upgrades to allow us to continue the important work of our Children’s Vision Screening Initiative, which provides thousands of free vision screenings annually to young children in our region, and related ground-breaking research into childhood vision issues in South Dakota.”

The Northern Plains Eye Foundation launched its Children’s Vision Screening Initiative in 2012 and subsequent research began in 2014. Over 27,000 free vision screenings have been performed and massive amounts of data warehoused. Four research manuscripts have been submitted and published in medical peer review journals with another in analysis. Technology upgrades will enable the organization to effectively store and manage increasing volumes of data.

“The South Dakota Community Foundation is proud to partner with Northern Plains Eye Foundation as they provide vital pediatric vision screenings and share data with others interested in ending vision loss”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Children cannot be expected to perform well in school if their vision does not support learning.”

The South Dakota Fund is an unrestricted fund that makes grants in support of culture, economic development, education, health and human services. The SDCF awards grants throughout the year to nonprofits that meet vital and diverse needs across the state. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting

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