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Jeff Scherschligt Reflects on the Intersection of Leadership and Philanthropy

Former SFACF Board Chair, philanthropist and local business leader Jeff Scherschligt talked with President Andy Patterson and graduates of Leadership Sioux Falls about the inspiration behind his giving, his mission to make a difference and how today’s rising leaders must continue to create a culture of giving and care.

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Next-Gen Philanthropy

Gen Xers and Millennials are steadily becoming a powerful force in philanthropy. And while many of these younger donors say their charitable giving is inspired by their parents and grandparents, their approach to philanthropy is uniquely their own and distinctively modern. It’s philanthropy on their terms: entrepreneurial, personal, mission-driven, community-focused, data-centric, investment-minded, strategic and responsive — and it's why more and more younger donors are choosing to partner with the Community Foundation to help build a brighter tomorrow.

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Helping Our Kids

As the 2020-21 academic year comes to a close, kids, teachers, administrators and parents will likely remember it as a year marked by unprecedented challenges, unforeseen obstacles and a roller coaster of uncertainties. But, perhaps more than that, they’ll also remember moments of overwhelming kindness that emerged again and again — proof that even in the darkest of days, people helping people through the power of philanthropy can provide the light we all need to move forward.

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Tall grass prairie

Grant Will Support Effort to Restore Tall Grass Prairie at Good Earth State Park

The grant, awarded to EcoSun Prairie Farms, supports a multi-phased effort to establish a sustainable tall grass prairie on about 106 acres of retired farmland near the southwestern edge of the park. Subsequent phases of the project envision hiking and walking trails, informational signage, educational initiatives and more.

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