Help SDHC Support #GivingTuesday

Improving Local Communities by Giving

On Nov. 28, 2017, the South Dakota Humanities Council will again participate in the annual #GivingTuesday movement, a collaborative effort around the world to improve local communities.

We ask you to join us in our effort to promote giving during the holiday season -- and to offer humanities programs in South Dakota throughout the year -- on a day dedicated to giving back.

#GivingTuesday, which takes place annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, harnesses the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, much like Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.

The South Dakota Humanities Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides a unique service to our state's citizens and reaches audiences throughout the state as the only organization in whose sole purpose is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota.

How Will Your Gift Help?

As a statewide advocate for the humanities, our mission is to celebrate literature, promote civil conversation, and tell the stories that define our state. Your gift on #GivingTuesday shows your support of the humanities and of a nationwide movement toward the greater good of our society during a holiday created for giving rather than receiving.

Not only will you be participating in a worldwide philanthropic effort, but you'll also be supporting tangible goals established by our organization to encourage reading and critical thinking among South Dakotans.

Our donors have helped us provide more than 12,000 youth in South Dakota with a Young Readers One Book.

They've helped 10,000 South Dakotans see a South Dakota Festival of Books program in the Black Hills in 2017. Countless others participate in humanities programs every week throughout South Dakota because of our generous donors.

Young readers get their books signed at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood and Rapid City. Thanks to our donors, the SDHC has provided more than 12,000 books to young readers in South Dakota.

Young readers get their books signed at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood and Rapid City. Thanks to our donors, the SDHC has provided more than 12,000 books to young readers in South Dakota.

Your gift is critical to making the humanities happen. As we look to our goals in 2018 – sparking conversations on "fake news: and the importance of quality journalism, increasing youth literacy skills, offering literary opportunities for all South Dakotans and enhancing the overall quality of life in our state – we realize that we could not do it without you. We're excited to use these funds to provide more quality programming in the next year, from the South Dakota Festival of Books to statewide grant programs, our Young Readers Initiative and more.

In 2018, three challenge grants will come to realization – challenges which require the SDHC to meet matching goals to receive an extra $120,000.

SDHC has three matching opportunities:

Also, if you create your own fundraiser for the South Dakota Humanities Council on #GivingTuesday, the money you raise could be matched up to $1,000! The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match gifts made via Facebook to SDHC and other non-profits across the U.S. starting Nov. 28 at 7 a.m. CST.

The gifts will be matched up to $50,000 per non-profit and $1,000 per fundraiser. If you'd like to create a fundraiser, please do so early as the $2 million in matching funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How Do I Create my Own Fundraiser for SDHC?

Create your own fundraiser for the South Dakota Humanities Council on Facebook.

To create a fundraiser for the South Dakota Humanities Council:

  1. Click "Fundraisers" in the left menu of your News Feed
  2. Click the blue "Raise Money" button
  3. Click the blue "Getting Started" button
  4. Select Nonprofit/Charity (type "South Dakota Humanities Council" until you see our name in the autofill box).
  5. Choose a cover photo and fill in the fundraiser details. The post will auto populate with information from our Facebook page – but feel free to make it your own! For example, you can talk about how an SDHC program has affected your life or the life of someone close to you.
  6. Click the blue "Create" button

Questions? Click here for additional information.

You can create a fundraiser for the South Dakota Humanities Council on Facebook.


Thank You For Making a Difference

Our supporters have responded emphatically to our calls to help build cultural capital during these challenging times of uncertain federal funding.

Thank you to our donors who continue to make a difference at the South Dakota Humanities Council by contributing to our Endowment Incentive funds, South Dakota Festival of Books, and the Young Readers 1-1 Match.

We're well on our way to reaching or exceeding multiple fundraising goals, including matching goals at the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation and the South Dakota Community Foundation, as well as a Young Readers Challenge match.

We hope you will join the #GivingTuesday movement with us and consider a tax-deductible donation to the South Dakota Humanities Council. Each person who donates to support our #GivingTuesday initiative will be entered to win a prize package of all five books in the South Dakota Stories series! Your donation helps keep the Festival free! It also allows us to bring in acclaimed authors.

Please click below to donate now.

About #GivingTuesday

The nationwide #GivingTuesday movement began in 2012. Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of friends and partners, led by the 92nd Street Y (92Y), came together to find ways to promote and celebrate the great American tradition of giving.

Thought leaders in philanthropy, social media and grassroots organizing joined with 92Y to explore what is working in modern philanthropy and how to expand these innovations throughout the philanthropic sector. The concept gained steam, and with the help of the United Nations Foundation and other founding partners, more than 41,000 organizations now participate in the movement.

"It's been a privilege to work with remarkable leaders all over the country building a movement around #GivingTuesday," said Henry Timms, 92Y's Executive Director. "This initiative has truly been crowd-sourced by some of the smartest and most connected minds among the next generation of philanthropists and entrepreneurs."

"#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism," said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation. "The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world."