News for Donor Advisors

Important Work Worth Knowing About

As you consider your giving in 2023, we’d like to introduce you to some area nonprofits who continue to go above and beyond to help those in need and enrich the community we all call home.

  • EcoSun Prairie Farms was founded in 2006 to promote and demonstrate the value of tall grass prairie, the most endangered ecosystem in North America. In 2021, EcoSun launched an effort to create a sizeable tall grass prairie at Good Earth State Park. The restored prairie at Good Earth State Park will offer considerable and unique educational, recreational and tourism opportunities to the people of Sioux Falls and the surrounding region. Learn more about EcoSun Prairie Farms.
  • South Dakota News Watch is an independent, nonprofit organization reporting untold stories that help South Dakotans be informed and engaged citizens. South Dakota News Watch produces investigative and public service journalism that sheds light on the issues, concerns and welfare of citizens. Last month, SDNW hired its first chief executive officer CEO to oversee operations and to help the organization expand news-gathering efforts. Learn more about South Dakota News Watch.
  • The Compass Center provides crisis intervention, counseling, and advocacy to children, adolescents, and adults (both male and female) who are survivors of domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking/sexual exploitation. Many victims arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. The Victim Assistance Fund provides clients with housing support, security equipment, gas vouchers, bus tickets, necessities for children, and more. Learn more about the Compass Center.
  • REACH Literacy provides literacy instruction and experiences for adult and youth readers each year through ground-breaking tutoring programs and the use of donated books. Its flagship program, Workplace Academies, teaches English language learners communication skills related to their careers. The organization has outgrown its current space and is expanding to provide clients with more services. Learn more about REACH Literacy.
  • The Canton Performing Arts Council, formerly known as the Carnegie Center for the Arts, brings culture and variety to Canton, South Dakota. Each year, a mix of theatre, music, and movies are showcased for local residents. As the organization enters its second decade of existence, funding is needed so the show can go on. Learn more about the Canton Performing Arts Council.
  • The Gathering Well supports, educates, and inspires adoptive and foster families with relevant connection opportunities and resources. Families gather one evening a month for dinner and fellowship with other families on similar journeys. The organization offers training, education, tools and resources for parents and caregivers, and trauma-informed child care. Learn more about The Gathering Well.
  • Emily’s Hope works to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic, eliminating the stigma of addiction, and helping to offset the cost of treatment. Recently the organization launched a new prevention education curriculum for elementary school students. Learn more about Emily's Hope.