Lennox Area Community Fund

Working Together, Making An Impact

Join our work to strengthen and enrich the Lennox, Chancellor and Worthing communities.

Make your gift today!

Strengthening Our Communities

The Lennox Area Community Fund is a charitable endowment established to enhance the vibrancy of our communities and improve the quality of life for those who call these special places home. Gifts to the fund grow over time thanks to the benefit of a pooled investment that generates long-term asset growth.

A board of local directors oversees the fund and works hand-in-hand with community members and civic leaders to understand needs and explore opportunities throughout the area. Each year, the board awards grants in support of local nonprofits and community-based projects and ideas. Organizations who serve our youth and senior citizens, as well as those dedicated to important causes such as education, the arts, cultural enrichment, health and safety, and more are all made stronger thanks to support from the Lennox Area Community Fund.

Local Giving, Local Impact

Thanks to the support of generous donors, and through the power of endowment, the Lennox Area Community Fund has awarded hundreds of meaningful grants to nonprofits and causes throughout the Lennox, Chancellor and Worthing areas since 2004.

Making a Difference

Grants from the Lennox Area Community Fund support projects and programs aimed at enhancing quality of life and addressing important needs throughout our area. Every day, these grants are touching the lives of people right here at home, strengthening our communities and building a brighter tomorrow for future generations.

Community Grants

Thanks to support from our donors, we've granted more than $117,000 to the communities of Lennox, Chancellor and Worthing — enhancing the vibrancy of our hometowns, creating opportunities for individuals and families to thrive, and creating possibilities for future generations.

Applying for Grants

The application period for grants from the Lennox Area Community Fund will open in August 2023.

Past Grant Recipients

Learn more about our grantmaking and see past grant recipients:

  • Chancellor Fire Department
  • Junior Achievement
  • Lennox Area Historical Society – popcorn wagon, windows and plumbing
  • Lennox Area Historical Society – membership in the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Lennox Community Library
  • Lennox Fire Department
  • Lincoln County 4-H
  • Trophy Trotters 4-H Club
  • Worthing Fire Department

  • Lennox Community Library
  • Lennox Area Historical Society
  • Chancellor Fire Department
  • Lennox Area Ambulance
  • Lennox High School HOSA (Health Occupation Group)
  • Lincoln County 4-H
  • Lincoln Co. Fairgrounds Foundation
  • Worthing Fire Department

  • Lennox Volunteer Fire Department
  • Lennox Fastpitch Softball
  • Worthing Fire Department
  • Lennox Community Library
  • Lincoln County Fairgrounds Foundation
  • Lennox Area Ambulance Squad
  • Chancellor Community Fire Department
  • Lennox Area Historical Society
  • City of Worthing
  • Trophy Trotters 4-H Club

  • Lennox Fire Department
  • Chancellor Fire Department
  • Worthing Fire Department
  • Junior Achievement
  • Performance Plus
  • Lennox Best Buddies
  • Lennox Municipal Band
  • Lennox Ambulance
  • Lennox Community Library
  • Lennox Park & Rec
  • Lennox Area Historical Society

  • Lennox Area Historical Society
  • Lennox Archery Club
  • LWC – Performance Plus
  • Lennox Community Transit
  • Chancellor Fire Department
  • Lennox Library
  • Junior Achievement

How to Give

We make it easy for you to impact the community you call home by making the giving process simple, efficient and flexible.

Give Today

We accept a variety of assets to make the process of giving easy and strategic:

  • Cash or check
  • Appreciated stock and other securities
  • Real estate
  • Farmland
  • Grain or other commodities
  • Qualified retirement plans such as IRAs or 401Ks
  • Life insurance policies
  • Other complex, non-cash assets

Plan Today to Give Tomorrow

Legacy giving does not require a large income or vast estate. Planned giving only requires thoughtful intention to make a difference in our community. We can help evaluate your options and deter mine the best giving plan for you. Whether you leave a bequest in your will or trust, or utilize another charitable giving vehicle, let us be your guide and help you create a plan.

We are professionally managed by the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation. Their staff assists with more complex giving to ensure a smooth, seamless process.

To discuss your legacy giving, you can reach Nate at the Community Foundation at 605.336.7055 x 12.

Contact Us

For questions or to learn more about the Lennox Area Community Fund, please contact Brian Zirpel, Treasurer, at 605.647.2228 or via email.

Our Board

We're grateful to the following community members who volunteer their time to serve on our board:

  • Jonathan Hagena (President)
  • Alan Rops (Vice President)
  • Lisa Westra (Secretary)
  • Brian Zirpel (Treasurer)
  • Robert Beringer
  • Lorin Brass
  • Kelli Bultena
  • Pam Elhoff
  • Amy Fischer
  • Tonya Ringen
  • Laurie Shaffer
  • John Steever
  • Carol Wulf

Show Your Support

Join the movement to help enhance and ensure the vitality of the communities we all call home and make your gift to the Lennox Area Community Fund today:

Give to the Endowment

Give to the Operating Fund

You can also send your tax-deductible contribution to:

Lennox Area Community Fund
c/o Valley Exchange Bank
PO Box 19
Lennox, SD 57039