December 22, 2021Community Foundation NewsCommunity Foundation
Our Winter 2022 newsletter explores how philanthropy is helping to build connections, advance innovative ideas and enhance our community.
In this issue, we're also privileged to share the story of Herb and Dorothy Mikkelson, a couple whose legacy illustrates their compassion for others, their belief in volunteerism and their unending spirit of thankfulness.
In this Issue
A Message From the President
"It's easy to see it’s still the same organization I was eager to join 15 years ago. An organization guided by the inspiring generosity of its donors and the unending energy of a community that’s inspired to build a brighter tomorrow. A place that’s deeply motivated to work for the betterment of Sioux Falls, honored to work with donors to accomplish their philanthropic plans, and grateful for a community that’s committed to solving problems and taking care of each other."
Andy Patterson reflects on 15 years with the Community Foundation.
In 2015, Herb and Dorothy Mikkelson turned to the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation to establish plans for an endowment that would support their charitable wishes after their lives. In doing so, this special couple shared the ultimate final expression of their values, as well as their hopes and dreams for the future.
Today, their legacy of care lives on, illustrating Herb and Dorothy's compassion for others, their belief in volunteerism and their unending spirit of thankfulness.
In Christian Swenson’s Woods and Home Maintenance class at LHS last fall, drills were spinning, table saws were whirring and hammers were pounding as students worked to build yard libraries for low income neighborhoods throughout the city.
The project was supported by a grant from the Foundation's Excellence in Education initiative, an effort designed to help bring teachers' creative ideas to life.
Learn more about Swenson's Yard Libraries project, meet all of our 2021 Excellence in Education grantees and learn about the projects their grants will support.
November 2, 2021Community Foundation NewsKelly Sprecher
Working in collaboration with the City of Sioux Falls and Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation, the Sioux Falls Parks Foundation will work to provide donors with opportunities and ideas for strategic investments in community parks.