Keeping Kids Safe

March 9, 2021 // South Dakota Fund Grants
BGC Capital Area

Located in Pierre, the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area reopened in July during the pandemic in their new facility, which had a pre-COVID capacity of 225 youth. As of November 2020, utilizing social distancing and a safe ratio of youth to staff, capacity maxed out at 100 youth per day. The need for Club services continues to grow and expand with new membership applications being received weekly.

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) was pleased to provide a $15,000 South Dakota Fund grant to the Club allowing for installation of a room divider in the large multipurpose room, creating more classroom space for youth to learn while maintaining a safe space. The divider permits an additional 20 to 25 youth to be served.

“The Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area is thrilled to have the support from the South Dakota Community Foundation”, said Rebecca Spoehr, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area. “The South Dakota Community Foundation Covid Fund gift along with the Jim Mollison donation has allowed the Club to enhance and provide greater safety to our youth as well as providing service to new Club members through the purchase of a room divider.”

“The Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area is a tremendous asset for the city of Pierre”, said Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “The services they offer for area youth are invaluable. We are proud to lend our support for these efforts.”

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 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 to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.