South Dakota Community Foundation Welcomes Patrick Gallagher to serve Northeast South Dakota

March 23, 2020 // Board of Directors and Staff

In March 2020, Patrick Gallagher joined the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) as Community Development Coordinator for the northeast region of the state. Based in Aberdeen, he looks forward to working with donors, communities, nonprofits, and financial advisors in understanding how the SDCF is making lives better in South Dakota, today and for future generations.

“I grew up here and spent my career in the nonprofit world,” said Gallagher. “Joining the SDCF team dovetails perfectly with my passion for South Dakota and my professional experience. I look forward to assisting individuals and communities in leaving their legacy.”

Gallagher will work directly with the Aberdeen Area Community Foundation (AACF), along with other regional communities, nonprofits, and individuals. In addition to his work for AACF and SDCF, his work will include partnership with the Knight Foundation in soliciting grants for their endowment fund benefitting the Aberdeen community.

Beginning in 1998, Gallagher worked as the Development Officer for the Aberdeen Catholic School System for more than 17 years, where he assisted donors in meeting their goals of supporting the school system through estate gifts, capital gifts, scholarships, and other methods. Prior to coming to SDCF, he served as Resource Development Director for GROW South Dakota for four years, obtaining grants and other funding to support its community development mission.

Gallagher grew up in Redfield and attended the University of Notre Dame. After college, he lived in the Washington, D.C. area for about 15 years and worked in educational communications and nonprofit public relations before returning to South Dakota.

If you would like to learn more about SDCF or AACF and how you can leave a legacy for your favorite charitable causes, please contact Pat at 605.380.2491 or

About the South Dakota Community Foundation (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.