December 18, 2020Community Foundation NewsCommunity Foundation
In this newsletter, we're featuring stories of endlessly kind, thoughtful and insightful individuals and families who, through their charitable giving, have left lasting legacies of care — legacies that are helping to strengthen the community we all call home. In addition to a central theme of generosity, gratitude and a lasting desire to help others, each of these stories also illustrates inventive and optimistic philanthropy in action.
A charitable fund created by a family to honor their late father’s memory will help support local aspiring artists. The donation of insurance policies purchased more than 60 years ago will provide ongoing support for community-based front-line nonprofits who continue to face unprecedented challenges in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. And local cemetery, chosen by many as the final resting place for their loved ones, is able to continue its mission thanks, in part, to the philanthropic support of one special family.
These are stories of individuals and families who came to us with a dream — a dream to do something for the greater good. From there, we had the pleasure of developing a strategic plan to help these philanthropic ideas come to life.
In this Issue
Message from the President
"It’s hard to put into words how meaningful it is to be part of this process — to witness the passion, care and unending generosity of people and to walk with them on their philanthropic journey. It’s always a deeply special experience for us, but I think seeing these expressions of the best of humanity — giving of one’s self for the greater good — during a time like this, well, it just makes it even more amazing."
As parents, Louis and Dorothy Hurwitz passed on countless values — a commitment to their faith, compassion for others, and a strong belief in philanthropy. Guided by those values, their children are working with the Foundation to fulfill their parents’ charitable vision, ensuring this special couple’s legacy of care lives on.
Thanks to a civics teacher who encouraged him, Carl Grupp went on to become an internationally known artist and a revered teacher. Now, a fund established to honor his legacy will help inspire creativity in others while encouraging today’s young artists to pursue their passions.
Inspired by her father’s care for others, Martha Baker has lived a life defined by servant leadership. Now, with a recent gift to the Community Fund, she’s ensuring her father’s legacy of care will live on — for good, for ever.
November 9, 2020Community Foundation NewsKelly Sprecher
During a school year where teachers and students are facing unprecedented challenges, the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation has responded, awarding more than $16,000 in grants to local teachers through its Excellence in Education Initiative.