Giving back to the places we call home

Strong communities are also philanthropic communities. It’s a way to invest in our towns and the systems that support the overall vitality of the places we call home.


A new statewide program was launched this year to create a day of giving in South Dakota. Led by South Dakota Gives, the program enables local nonprofits to get involved in an exciting new campaign and leverage the marketing around this event to promote the work being done at the community level.  


For the first time ever, nonprofits and communities from across the state are uniting to celebrate generosity in South Dakota. All the details are available at, including ways to get involved locally. Mark your calendars now and plan to participate in the South Dakota Day of Giving on #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018. The plan is to come together to raise as much money as possible in one 24-hour period.


If your community has a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing services to your hometown or any other part of South Dakota, that organization is eligible to take advantage of the excitement surrounding the South Dakota Day of Giving. Nonprofit groups that register will be listed on the South Dakota Gives website and will be eligible for prize money.      


This is a unique opportunity to spotlight the idea of giving back to our communities and to our state by leveraging the generous impulses of citizens everywhere. One of the signs of a healthy hometown is the willingness to invest in ourselves, to participate in local nonprofit goals and to leverage resources to make great things happen in each community.


Now is the time to start a conversation in your hometown about the South Dakota Day of Giving and how your community can take part in this statewide effort. It’s a conversation that could lead to exciting new partnerships and participation in shared goals. That’s a win-win for any community!



By Nick Fosheim, Executive Director, Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations 

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