23 Non-Profits Participating in #BrookingsGives
Statewide Day of Giving is Nov. 27
Get ready! South Dakota's first-ever statewide giving day kicks off at midnight on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 and continues until 11:59 pm that night.
What's a Giving Day? It's one day that non-profits can highlight their work, and donors across the state can celebrate generosity by giving to their favorite organizations. Twenty-three non-profits in Brookings County are participating and have registered with South Dakota Gives—the organization coordinating the statewide #ForSouthDakota campaign.
The Brookings Salvation Army, a #BrookingsGives and #SouthDakotaGives participant, collects donations to help people who need things like food and clothing. Nationwide, the organization provides more than 56 million meals to the less fortunate.
Brookings Community Coming Together for Philanthropic Effort
The participating non-profits in Brookings County are extending the South Dakota Gives campaign with coordinated efforts they are calling #BrookingsGives. Throughout the month, watch for volunteer spotlights and opportunities, plus more information from the 23 #BrookingsGives Non-Profits.
"We are excited about the way the non-profit community in Brookings is coming together for the Day of Giving," said Kelly Gibson on behalf of South Dakota Gives. "We're looking forward to following your collective work!"
South Dakota Gives will award donations and incentives to the registered non-profits from the South Dakota Prize Pool, a truckload of money donated from individuals, businesses and foundations who believe in South Dakota—and the future of our state.
Brookings Teen Teachers present lessons in Character Education to third Graders at Hillcrest Elementary as part of an activity for #BrookingsGives and #SouthDakotaGives participating organization South Dakota Youth Foundation, Inc. in Brookings, which supports youth-led programs in communities across the state, particularly on issues that affect them.
And the fun and prizewinning has already begun.
The Brookings Area Animal Shelter has already won $1,000 through one of the social media contests for participating non-profits leading up to Nov. 27, and Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program won $2,500.
"South Dakota Gives asked for one word that describes how philanthropy furthers our mission, and we chose 'Change,'" said Darla Biel, BCYMP's Executive Director. "We are changing lives through our mentoring program, and this gift from the #ForSouthDakota campaign will definitely make a difference for us and the K-12 students we serve."
#BrookingsGives and #SouthDakotaGives participant ADVANCE is a community support provider in the Brookings area that offers a variety of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A Platform to Launch Excitement
South Dakota Gives will not take a percentage of donations received through its site, but acts as a platform from which to launch excitement and the ability for registered non-profits to showcase their volunteers and passion for meeting the needs in their community. Every cent donors give, goes to the organization they choose to support.
How can donors participate? Follow South Dakota Gives on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and support favorite registered non-profits by tagging them and using the hashtags #ForSouthDakota, #SouthDakotaGives and #BrookingsGives in posts.
Donate to your favorite Brookings non-profits on Nov. 27 through their link on SouthDakotaGives.org and/or consider setting up a matching donation or prize that the 23 organizations participating in #BrookingsGives can win.
South Dakota State University Foundation in Brookings, part of the 2018 #BrookingsGives and #SouthDakotaGives initiative, is an independent non-profit organization created to generate private donor support, directly impacting initiatives that grow and improve SDSU.
How to Donate via South Dakota’s first Day of Giving, 11/27
Go to www.southdakotagives.org and click on Participants. Find your favorite organization, click on their logo that takes you to a donation page. Every donated dollar goes directly to the nonprofit of your choice.
The Volunteer Service Bank (VSB) is an agency in Brookings that is taking part in the #BrookingsGives and #SouthDakotaGives initiative. VSB connects volunteers with those in need of services.
Note: The following information comes from information provided by these organizations or listed on their websites. It has been edited for style and consistency.
ADVANCE is a community support provider in the Brookings area that offers a variety of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including:
- housing with integrated residential services
- services to people living on their own in the local community
- employment and job coaching services
- meaningful day services for people desiring an alternative to employment
- a program for high school students transitioning to adulthood and the world of work
- assistance with medical coordination
ADVANCE also offers services through the Family Support 360 program to families who have a family member with a disability living at home.
"We are excited to be participating in the first-ever day of giving in our state," said president/CEO Brian Ardry. "Our goal in participating on this day is to help raise awareness of the great work that our staff do for people with disabilities in our community. Raising a few dollars to help support our services would be nice also!"
Brookings Area Transit Authority (BATA)
Brookings Area Transit Authority, Inc. is a private non-profit public transportation system that is a sub-grantee of the state of South Dakota. BATA operates with a fleet of 28 vehicles and a staff of 44 in a 50-mile radius of Brookings as well as in Hutchinson County, S.D. Transportation is available for everyone, providing independence and access to employment, education, social, shopping, and medical destinations, traveling over 600,000 miles annually.
Public transportation is a core part of a community's infrastructure, playing a vital part in economic development. A goal of the Brookings Economic Development Corporation is to attract the baby-boomer population back to Brookings. BATA understands the significance that public transit plays in this plan, keeping a pro-active strategy in mind.
BATA prides itself on being a very active and involved part of the community, both as a business and on an individual basis, with many employees understanding the importance of giving back.
Boys & Girls Club of Brookings
Boys & Girls Club of Brookings provides impactful youth programs in a safe place where caring and qualified staff work to offer youth:
- a safe place to learn and grow
- ongoing relationships with caring adults
- life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
- hope and opportunity
"Boys & Girls Club of Brookings, Moody County & Yankton are more than just places. They are part of a movement to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens," according to the organization's website.
The club's mission is to "inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens."
Its vision is to be a "dynamic, diverse organization that is recognized as champions for youth, as well as a leader for positive change in the world."
Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity
Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, non-profit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hope. BAHFH is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes.
"We work to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Houses form only one part of our vision," per the organization's website. "While it would be possible to build houses and give them to families in need, we have a homeownership program that allows families to empower themselves as first-time homeowners. As the saying goes, Habitat is a 'hand-up, not a handout.' As people come together for these projects and contribute what they can, we build a stronger community."
The organization has been active since 1995 and its impact has been strong and sustained. Its goal is to build at least three houses a year (during the area's short building season) to meet a persistent need for affordable housing.
Brookings Area United Way
Brookings Area United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. By uniting people and mobilizing resources, they help inspire hope and enrich lives for a stronger Brookings County. 99% of donations stay local and are distributed exclusively to Brookings Area United Way Partner Agencies selected by the community-minded board of directors.
Currently, Brookings Area United Way partners with 39 agencies and helps fund 55 programs. As an organization, they recognize and value the diversity of all individuals without regard to race, religion, color, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical challenge and age. The Brookings Area United Way organization is committed to meeting the needs of the communities it serves.
"We are so excited to partner with South Dakota Gives to bring all hands on deck and make more connections in our state than ever before," according to a statement provided by the organization. "By being looped in with the wide network of SD Gives, we hope to not only raise donations but awareness of our organization and showcase the immense impact United Way makes in Brookings County."
Brookings Arts Council
For more than 48 years, the Brookings Arts Council (BAC) has pursued its mission of "encouraging community connections through the arts by providing a supportive environment for awareness, appreciation and participation."
The BAC strives not only to entertain and educate the public, but also to increase opportunities for artists to gain recognition. Annual Juried Art and Photography exhibitions bring together the work of many regional artists, from the experienced and respected to the new and promising.
The BAC also provides a platform for the community's youngest artists by partnering with area schools to sponsor exhibits of work by students from kindergarten through high school. Exhibits, education, interaction and creativity in all forms are what the Brookings Arts Council is about, per the BAC website.
Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program (BCYMP)
Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program (BCYMP) is a 1:1, community-based program that recruits, trains and matches adult volunteers with K-12 students. BCYMP Mentors provide guidance and friendship to at-risk youth, while promoting personal and social responsibility.
The program was developed to ensure all youth have the guidance and support of a caring, stable adult. The mentor relationship is intended to empower youth to reach their full potential as contributing individuals in their communities.
Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter
The Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter supports and involves battered persons of all racial, social, religious and economic groups, ages, and lifestyles. The organization opposes the use of violence as a means of control over others and supports equality in relationships and the concept of helping individuals assume power over their own lives.
The purpose of the shelter is to provide the following services to persons who are victims of or affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking:
1. 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter
2. crisis intervention
3. advocacy support
4. educational programs
5. referral and networking with area agencies.
All services are free and confidential.
Brookings Empowerment Project
The Brookings Empowerment Project is a Mental Health Advocacy group in Brookings whose slogan is "Educate, Advocate, and Act." The project's mission is to enable, with resources and support, caregivers and individuals with persistent mental illness. The emphasis is on three main areas of concern.
- Area 1 - Education of our community to battle the stigma of mental illness.
- Area 2 - Crisis Management tools and resource availability in Brookings County,
- Area 3 - Housing for individuals returning to the community from crisis treatment.
"We participate in South Dakota Gives to raise awareness of the need for mental health resources in our county and state," said Brookings Empowerment Project president Craig Pahl.
Brookings Regional Humane Society
Brookings Regional Humane Society formed in 1998 to help find homes for animals in need of assistance, especially those from our local Animal Control. Prior to BRHS forming, there was no humane society/adoption group. The animals that come into our care receive the necessary wellness care and are spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to adoption.
As the humane society has continued to grow, it has added programs such as outreach and educational visits to Safety Town and other groups, a reading program and a food pantry for families with pets in need.
"We are so excited to be participating in the first annual South Dakota Day of Giving," according to a statement provided by the organization.
"We have enjoyed the camaraderie with other local non-profits as we work to build this first annual event into something special. We are excited not only to raise money in support of our mission, but also to raise awareness of our organization and encourage volunteers to check us out!"
Brookings Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.
Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Brookings Salvation Army collects donations to help people who need things like food and clothing. Nationwide, the organization provides more than 56 million meals to the less fortunate.
During its Share the Warmth 2018 project, the Brookings Salvation Army and 200 volunteers provided 1,286 coats, 541 pairs of snow pants and many boots, hats, scarves and gloves to those who need them.
Camelot Amigos Spanish Club
The Camelot Amigos Spanish Club, a project of the Camelot Intermediate School PTA, believes that "the more that we can provide young students with positive educational exposure to the language and culture of other people, the better!"
Since foreign language education isn't offered by the Brookings School District until seventh grade, the Camelot Amigos Spanish Club gives the district's fourth & fifth graders an extracurricular opportunity to learn Spanish after school.
A highlight of the program is the additional cultural classes, which feature different Spanish-speaking countries. Students have enjoyed tasting foods, playing instruments, listening to music and learning about each special country.
Children's Museum of South Dakota
The Children's Museum of South Dakota sparks learning through play, creativity and discovery. Exhibits, both inside and outside, explore science, engineering, art, literature, culture, geography and history. The museum promotes learning for children of all ages and abilities.
Museum board members, staff and volunteers share a common passion for giving all children the best opportunities for success in life. This passion steers the development of the museum's exhibits, programming and priorities. These priorities include:
- playing as a way to learn
- facilitating play between children and adults
- enhancing a love of nature
- building stewardship of the environment
- learning about the people, the community, and the cultures of the region and of the world
- being open-minded, creative, and curious
- giving back to the community
- appreciation for diverse perspectives
- inclusion for all
While visiting the museum guests can harvest food and move it from farm to market, play in the splash tables, dig up dinosaur bones and more throughout 44,000 square feet of indoor space and four acres of prairie. With 5,000 interactive parts and 500 books, the museum supports a love of lifelong learning in downtown Brookings.
East Central Behavioral Health
East Central Behavioral Health Center is a non-profit community mental health center located in Brookings whose mission is to provide comprehensive, integrated behavioral health services that promote personal well-being and quality of life for all. The organization provides services to individuals, groups, families and couples.
One of the types of counseling offered is mental health counseling. Some programs offered for this are individual counseling; children, youth and family services; school-based services; and medication management. Another type of service offered is emergency services; these include clinicians available 24/7/365 for crisis intervention, assessment and safety planning.
The organization also offers chemical dependency programs. Clients involved in these have access to individual counseling, outpatient group, aftercare group, DUI classes and prevention education.
Food for Thought Project
The Food for Thought Project initiative allows generous donors to pay off school lunch debt for families and provides a fund to cover future shortages that may otherwise prevent students from enjoying a complete and nutritious midday meal at their schools in Brookings.
Inspired by selfless "Lunch Lady" Dawn Waldner, the Hillcrest Elementary School PTA launched the new Food For Thought Project in April of 2017.
Food for Thought ensures that families in tough financial situations get the help they need.
Healing Words Foundation
Healing Words Foundation is the funding arm of On Call with the Prairie Doc®, Prairie Doc® Radio, and other health-related projects. When you donate, you help provide honest, science-based medical information to the greater South Dakota region.
The Healing Words Foundation and its programs educate the public regarding important health topics, including diabetes, lung disease, addiction, aging, mental health, orthopedics, infectious disease, cancer screening and treatment, precision oncology, healthy habits and many others.
Visit www.prairiedoc.org for access to the complete library.
Option 1 is a Pregnancy Resource Center for Brookings and surrounding communities whose vision is "to be widely known and embraced by our community as a center of hope and healing for those confronted with critical life choices."
Option 1 states on its website that its mission is "to cultivate a community where those faced with an unplanned pregnancy are transformed by the word of the gospel of Jesus Christ and equipped to choose life."
"We are financially supported by individuals, businesses and churches in the Brookings area. Our great team consists of professionals, advocates and trained volunteers who donate several hundred hours each year to serve the needs of our clients."
SD Agricultural Heritage Museum
The South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum is the official state museum that collects, preserves and interprets the history of agriculture in South Dakota. It inspires a passion for the diverse history, culture and science of agriculture in South Dakota, and connects multigenerational audiences to the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives.
The museum collection contains the following items:
- approximately 3,500 agricultural and mechanical tools and equipment
- 1,500 items classified as building furnishings, personal and recreational items
- 8,300 communications and documentary items, such as maps, prints and agricultural business advertising
- more than 70,000 photographs of farms, ranches, small towns, 4-H and Cooperative Extension Services
- approximately 72 cubic feet of machinery operator's manuals, parts, lists, and sales literature
South Dakota Art Museum
As steward of the state's art treasures, the South Dakota Art Museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets visual art to provide access and education, to foster an appreciation of the visual arts for the people of South Dakota and its visitors.
The museum provides permanent housing and display of the Harvey Dunn paintings, the Marghab Collection and other works of art which honor the creative nature of mankind and serve as an inspiration to the people of South Dakota.
The museum features a program of changing exhibitions of contemporary and traditional works of art. It provides the means for further extension of the visual arts for all communities of South Dakota through a variety of activities that foster education through aesthetic enjoyment.
South Dakota Humanities Council
The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota.
Our vision is to lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement. This programming vision forms the core mission: "The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state."
We do this by supporting and promoting public programming in the humanities; providing grant funding for community programs and research and discussion projects; and carrying out the mission of the South Dakota Center for the Book (established by the Library of Congress in 2002) through reading and literacy programs and the annual Festival of Books.
"We are looking forward to witnessing the energy sure to be created by the first South Dakota Gives. At its core, it will focus on the importance of generosity and the significance of the work of South Dakota's non-profits," said SDHC executive director Sherry DeBoer.
"Collaborating at the local level with organizations affected by the generosity of the Brookings community will offer ways we might meet mutual goals, strengthening our unique missions. We expect it will help all of us spotlight our need for sharing resources—people's time and talents."
South Dakota State University Foundation
The South Dakota State University Foundation is an independent non-profit organization created to generate private donor support, directly impacting initiatives that grow and improve SDSU. The Foundation is the largest private funding resource for the University, and its donors' gifts directly benefit SDSU.
Funds raised over the years have benefited every student on campus through new facilities, classroom enhancements, faculty support, research and thousands of scholarships.
"As our university continues to grow, so do the number of opportunities for our donors to become involved and make an impact for current and future Jackrabbits. We have an experienced team that takes pride in responsible gift management—ensuring every dollar possible goes toward helping SDSU be the best it can be," said Erin Glidden, director of Loyalty Giving.
"At the SDSU Foundation, our vision is to transform lives through a culture of giving. We are excited to team up with other local nonprofits during the first-ever South Dakota Day of Giving to transform lives across our great state of South Dakota."
South Dakota Youth Foundation
The South Dakota Youth Foundation, Inc. supports youth-led programs in communities across the state, particularly on issues that affect them. Last year, 58 older youth from FCCLA, churches and other youth groups were trained as Teen Teachers and touched the lives of youth ages 7-12 a total of 6,725 times by delivering critical messages in character education, healthy living and science.
"We are participating in a great event (South Dakota Gives) to help raise awareness and funds for the Teen Teacher program," according to a statement provided by the organization. "Research has documented that younger students are much more receptive to receiving important lessons if they are taught by older youth. They admire older youth and accept the lessons more readily. As role models, older youth provide younger students something to aspire to and help maintain their involvement."
Teen Teachers is a leadership and scholarship program featured in the South Dakota Youth Foundation. Students are prepared to teach in the classroom through participation in a leadership course which includes learning about youth development traits of various ages, understanding cultural differences, preparing age-appropriate lessons, managing classroom settings and speaking before a classroom.
Funds raised on Giving Tuesday will be used to cover expenses for training materials, scholarships and educational lesson supplies.
Volunteer Service Bank
The Volunteer Service Bank (VSB) is an agency that connects volunteers with those in need of services. It was started in 1992 after a recommendation from the Brookings Area Coalition on Aging. The main day-to-day focus of the VSB is the medical escort/transport program, which provides no-cost rides to medical appointments for those in need.
Rides are provided to by volunteers who are reimbursed only for out-of-town trips. The VSB provides, on average, over one ride per day.
"The Volunteer Service Bank is participating in South Dakota Gives because we believe that our communities are stronger when people come together for the greater good," said VSB executive director Kyleigh Cramer.
"Our mission is 'neighbor helping neighbor to assist...' and we believe that South Dakota exemplifies that sense of community and willingness to give so well. We look forward to one day of giving that will showcase how generous South Dakotans are all while benefitting our nonprofits!"
Editor's Note: The South Dakota Humanities Council compiled this blog post using information provided by Brookings area non-profits participating in the local #BrookingsGives fundraising campaign, which is part of a statewide fundraising effort, #SouthDakotaGives. The purpose of this post is to promote awareness of the non-profits in the Brookings area that are participating in these fundraising efforts leading up to #GivingTuesday on Nov. 27. The South Dakota Humanities Council is not advocating for or soliciting donations on behalf of any of the below non-profits. SDHC adheres to a specific mission and vision (read our mission and vision here) and does not endorse or represent the beliefs of other organizations. This post is specific to organizations that are based in Brookings County. Many of the organizations listed here also serve areas outside of Brookings County, including SDHC, a statewide non-profit.
Donate on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27
Want to help these organizations raise money on the first statewide day of giving?
Visit www.southdakotagives.org and click on Participants. Find your favorite organization and click on their logo, which will take you to a donation page. Every donated dollar goes directly to the nonprofit of your choice.