SDHC Meets Fundraising Goal for S.D. Day of Giving

More Than $5,000 Donated to SDHC During Second Annual Statewide Fundraising Movement Created by South Dakota Gives

The South Dakota Humanities Council met its fundraising goal for the South Dakota Day of Giving, gathering more than $5,000 in donations from the Dec. 3 event.

SDHC for the second year in a row participated in the statewide movement, created by the organization South Dakota Gives, that provides non-profits a chance to highlight their work as donors across the state celebrate generosity by donating to their favorite organizations. Hundreds of non-profits in South Dakota participated, and a group of 54 local nonprofits joined together as #BrookingsGives to encourage donations for Brookings County non-profits, including SDHC.

Prizes were given away and raffled off at the South Dakota Humanities Council office in Brookings during the second annual South Dakota Day of Giving.

Prizes were given away and raffled off at the South Dakota Humanities Council office in Brookings during the second annual South Dakota Day of Giving.

SDHC Reaches New Donors Through Day of Giving Campaign

Between donations received online, through the mail or in person by visitors who attended SDHC's event, a total of $5,050 was raised for humanities programming in South Dakota as a result of the campaign. The goal for the day was $5,000. SDHC received donations from 47 unique donors, including 13 who had never given to the organization before.

"Thank you to all of the donors who contributed to making the South Dakota Day of Giving such a special day for our organization," said SDHC executive director Ann Volin. "We're deeply grateful for the opportunity to reach more donors and new donors via this statewide movement that we hope will continue to be a tradition."

This thermometer tracked the donations made during the 2019 SDHC Day of Giving celebration.

This thermometer tracked the donations made during the 2019 SDHC Day of Giving celebration.

2020 Common Read Selections Also Announced

Members of the public visited the SDHC office throughout the day on December 3 to participate in a day full of celebratory activities: book giveaways, coffee and holiday treats, office tours and more. An added draw for visitors was the unveiling of SDHC's 2020 common read selections: "Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church" by Megan Phelps-Roper and for young readers a three-book bind-in featuring the "Bink and Gollie" characters created by co-authors Alison McGhee and Kate DiCamillo.

Phelps-Roper, of Clark, visited the office to sign copies of her books and chat with readers after the reveal.

South Dakota Day of Giving is an offshoot of the national Giving Tuesday movement that was created to combat the commercialization of holidays with "Black Friday" sales events. A total of 1,368 new donors gave during the inaugural South Dakota Day of Giving in 2018.

2020 One Book South Dakota author Megan Phelps-Roper takes photos with visitors in front of the cover of her book,

2020 One Book South Dakota author Megan Phelps-Roper takes photos with visitors in front of the cover of her book, "Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church" after it was revealed as the 2020 One Book South Dakota Dec. 3, 2019 during the SDHC Day of Giving celebration.

Donations Still Needed

While the Day of Giving fundraising drive will be helpful for funding humanities programs in 2020, donations are still needed to support our programs. Please click below to donate today if you're interested in helping us reach more South Dakotans with humanities programming.