Nonprofits Benefit From $145,000 in Coronavirus Relief

August 27, 2020 // South Dakota Fund Grants

Beginning in March, the South Dakota Community Foundation established the Coronavirus Response Fund and re-prioritized their grantmaking processes. Twelve South Dakota nonprofits recently benefitted from these efforts. Avera McKennan Hospital, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home, Crooks Community Child Care Center, Glacial Lakes Multicultural Center Inc., Monument Health Foundation, Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation, South Dakota Afterschool Network, Walks on the Day Foundation and Working Against Violence, Inc. received recent awards.

“Our state’s nonprofits continue to feel the effects of this pandemic”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Many have had to completely change their way of doing business in order to provide services for their clients. At the same time, their typical fundraising efforts have had to be cancelled. Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to offer much needed support”.

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.

Funds were used to support the following initiatives:

Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls is a 545-bed tertiary hospital. A $5,000 grant was awarded to support implementation of the “EASE” software application. This software facilitates direct, secure and HIPPA compliant communication between medical staff and patient families.

Located in Yankton, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital is a 99-bed hospital. Avera Sacred Heart Hospital was granted $10,000 to support the purchase of a portable dialysis machine and required supporting equipment to serve patients with end-stage renal disease who need hemodialysis and have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having COVID-19.

Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen is a regional medical center. Funds totaling $8,000 will be used to purchase a lab hood for the Avera Aberdeen Physicians location to support faster turnaround of COVID-19 test results as well as the ability to resume testing at this site for all respiratory illnesses going into the influenza season.

Located in Pierre, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital is a 60-bed acute care hospital, a long-term care facility, a transitional care unit and an apartment complex for seniors. The $8,000 awarded to them will enable them to purchase a biological safety cabinet (lab hood) making it possible for them to process respiratory samples.

Martin, SD is home to the Bennett County Hospital and Nursing Home. The Hospital is a twenty-four level one trauma receiving ED, Rural Health Clinic and 50 bed Nursing Home. A grant in the amount of $20,000 will support the purchase of two ventilators to better meet the needs of their patients and community members during this pandemic.

The Crooks Community Child Care Center is a daycare center that typically served approximately forty-two children a day. Daily attendance was severely impacted when parents were either quarantined or too anxious to send their children anywhere when COVID-19 arrived. A $4,000 award will be directed towards daycare expenses.

Glacial Lakes Multicultural Center Inc., Watertown received a grant in the amount of $15,000. This will provide partial support for one of their staff that is assisting immigrants working in the dairy industry situated along the I-29 corridor.

Monument Health Foundation headquartered in Rapid City is a community-based health care system. It offers care in 33 medical specialties and serves 20 communities across western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming. An award in the amount of $20,000 will assist with the purchase of iPads that will be distributed throughout community hospitals (Custer, Lead/Deadwood, Spearfish, Sturgis and Rapid City) to lessen patient isolation during this pandemic and strengthen family communications.

Sioux Falls Public Schools Education Foundation received funds for their Student Success Fund. They support 25,000 students in the Sioux Falls School District and 3,400 staff. They impact students in 35 schools, K-12. The Foundation was a recipient of a $15,000 grant to provide children and their families experiencing a myriad of needs with some relief.

The South Dakota Afterschool Network (SDAN) located in Brandon, SD promotes afterschool programs, advocates public policy on behalf of afterschool programs and encourages high quality in afterschool programs across South Dakota. Funds totaling $20,000 will support the creation of a new online searchable up-to-the-minute database of available programs and track information on the status of afterschool and summer programs across the state. They will host virtual chats, provide virtual training for afterschool and summer programs and increase public awareness and support for Out of School Time programs.

Walks on the Day Foundation, Lake Andes assists the White Swan Community on the Yankton Sioux Reservation with long-term disaster recovery. This nonprofit was a recipient of a $10,000 grant to help mitigate food shortages through provision of hot meals.

Located in Rapid City, Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI) is working to create a community free of domestic abuse and sexual assault through advocacy, education and support services. WAVI is the largest 24-hour emergency shelter in western South Dakota. A $10,000 grant will support their 24-hour emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis line, comprehensive case management, support services and client needs.

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.