North Brown Community Foundation Meets Challenge, Receives $37,500

February 18, 2021 // Community Savings Account, Donors
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The North Brown Community Foundation has received a $37,500 matching grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF). The foundation advisory council and its stakeholders were recently successful in completing their challenge of raising $150,000. Because of many donors and SDCF’s matching grant, over $240,000 is permanently held at SDCF for the benefit of charitable causes in northern Brown County.

Noting that the foundation will soon be able to make grants totaling more than $10,000 per year, foundation president Heidi Marttila-Losure said, “This is a milestone I thought it would take us many years to reach. I’m impressed and touched by the generosity and love of community that got us to this point so quickly.” She especially mentioned the very generous gifts of former Frederick area resident Bertha Turnquist in helping meet the goal.

The North Brown Community Foundation accepted the challenge in 2018. The fund is a permanent endowment with SDCF and managed by a local advisory council.

“We are proud to partner with the North Brown Community Foundation to create a sustainable funding source for nonprofit organizations in the area,” said Patrick Gallagher, Aberdeen-based Community Development Coordinator for SDCF. “This fund will provide a vehicle for current, past and future residents to give back.”

Donations to the North Brown Community Foundation will be invested along with other SDCF endowed funds. A percentage of the fund’s value is made available annually for the local advisory council to distribute to charitable and nonprofit causes in the area. As the fund grows, so will the annual amount available to give back to nonprofit groups and organizations making a difference in northern Brown County.

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North Brown Community Foundation Advisory Council Members

  • Heidi Marttila-Losure – President
  • Melissa Ellwein – Vice President
  • Tracy Olson – Secretary
  • Scott Campbell – Treasurer
  • Lynette Durheim
  • Lyle Podoll
  • Gayle Bakeberg

North Brown County Foundation and South Dakota Community Foundation

Bringing philanthropy to life for a stronger South Dakota

The North Brown Community Foundation was established by a local advisory council in partnership with the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF). Their goal is to create a long-term funding source for charitable causes in the local area. With careful investment, the fund will continue to grow and enhance quality of life in the local area forever. This fund is one of 80 community savings accounts in partnership with SDCF. Since 1987, the Foundation has helped people reach their philanthropic goals and strengthened communities across the state. Today, SDCF manages assets of over $400 million and has granted $20 million in 2020. To learn more about SDCF, visit or call 800.888.1842.

Pictured from left: Pat Gallagher, SDCF Community Development Coordinator; NBCF Treasurer Scott Campbell, NBCF President Heidi Marttila-Losure, NBCF VP Melissa Ellwein, board members Gayle Bakeberg, Lyle Podoll