Opening Up a New World | South Dakota Community Foundation

These dollars are opening up a whole new world for participants and contributing towards their self-sufficiency.

Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF
Pictured left to right: Nathan Stallinga, Executive Director, DakotAbilities; Bethany; and Jeff Veltkamp, SDCF Director of Development

DakotAbilities serves 133 adults with disabilities whose ages range from 18 to 90. They provide individualized services that include nursing care, dietary needs, therapies, housing, and vocational training. They also offer activities to expand life experiences.

The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) was pleased to provide a $10,000 South Dakota Fund grant to this organization. This grant will support life enhancing activities for their clientele.

“Now that most of the people we support have a hand in raising vegetables, it made sense to start including cooking classes”, said Joe Dvorak, Director of Day Services, DakotAbilities. “Our partnership with Spirit Club along with initiative from health minded staff has allowed us to include healthy cooking into our Day Program Activities.”

“We are proud to continue to partner with DakotAbilities”, said Ginger Niemann, Senior Program Officer, SDCF. “These dollars are opening up a whole new world for participants and contributing towards their self-sufficiency.”

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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.