Promising Futures Fund

Helping to End the Poverty Disadvantage

Join the effort to help ensure our kids have promising futures.

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Creating a Brighter Tomorrow

The Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation is proud to hold the Promising Futures Fund, a fund designed to help eliminate the poverty disadvantage facing thousands of students throughout Sioux Falls.

Gifts to the Promising Futures Fund will support efforts intended to:

  • Increase a child's educational experience
  • Increase outside experiences, such as field trips, tours, events, speakers, etc.
  • Provide inspiration and hope so students can see themselves in a world outside of poverty

Areas of Focus

Distributions from the fund will be made based on recommendations from a volunteer committee.

The primary focus of the Promising Futures Fund is the following 14 schools throughout the city at which the majority of students qualify for free and/or reduced lunch:

  • Lowell Elementary
  • Terry Redlin Elementary
  • Hawthorne Elementary
  • Horace Mann Elementary
  • Laura B. Anderson Elementary
  • Hayward Elementary
  • George McGovern Middle School
  • Garfield Elementary
  • Cleveland Elementary
  • Anne Sullivan Elementary
  • Whittier Middle School
  • Rosa Parks Elementary
  • Laura Wilder Elementary
  • Elementary Immersion Center

Impact Stories

See how the Promising Futures Fund is making a difference in the lives of kids throughout our community.

Shining a Light

The 2020-21 academic year was marked by unprecedented challenges, unforeseen obstacles and a roller coaster of uncertainties due to the pandemic. See how the Promising Futures Fund created moments of happiness for kids throughout the city.

Read the story.


A Chance to Dream

When you're a kid, the more you see and experience, the bigger your dreams can become. Thanks to the Promising Futures Fund, students from Whittier and George McGovern Middle Schools have opportunities to visit South Dakota universities and technical schools, enabling them to begin dreaming about and planning for higher education. Learn more.

See the story from KELO News.


New Experiences

Thanks to the Promising Futures Fund, more than 2,00 students from Title 1 schools in Sioux Falls had the opportunity to experience the off-Broadway production of "Schoolhouse Rock" at the Washington Pavilion in January 2022.

Learn more.

Join the Effort

Contact Steve Hildebrand to learn more about the Promising Futures Fund and how you can help.

Contact Steve