Sioux Falls Nonprofits Benefit From Coronavirus Fund

July 29, 2020 // Grants

Beginning in March, the South Dakota Community Foundation established the Coronavirus Response Fund and re-prioritized their grantmaking processes. Four Sioux Falls area nonprofits recently benefitted from these efforts. Call to Freedom, DakotAbilities, Embe and NAMI all received recent awards.

“We are in this for the long run”, said Ginger Niemann, SDCF Senior Program Officer. “Our state’s nonprofits continue to face a myriad of new challenges resulting from this pandemic. 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 https://sdcomm/ 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:

Call to Freedom’s mission is to navigate a healthy path for victims of human trafficking. They provide supportive services across our state for human trafficking survivors. A $5,000 grant was awarded to help their clients meet essential needs during these very uncertain times.

Located in Sioux Falls, DakotAbilities serves adults with disabilities ranging in age from 18 to 90. They provide individualized services that include nursing care, dietary needs, therapies, housing and vocational training. They also offer activities that enhance their client’s lives. DakotAbilities was granted $5,000 allowing them to stock necessary protective equipment and cleaning supplies needed to provide a safe, sanitary environment for their clients and staff.

EmBe programs and services serve three primary audiences: women’s programming, youth development and childcare/school age care. Funds totaling $10,000 will be used to meet new requirements for school age care which they offer in Sioux Falls, Harrisburg and Mitchell.

NAMI South Dakota provides education, support and advocacy for individuals and families impacted by mental illness. They have a strong statewide, volunteer base. The $10,000 awarded to them will enable them to change their service delivery methods to virtual platforms. On-line training directed at volunteers, teachers, NAMI staff and people and family members living with mental illness has become a necessity.

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.