SDHC Participating in Second Annual South Dakota Gives Campaign

Visit SDHC Office Dec. 3 for Day of Giving Party, Prizes & Refreshments

After raising more than $5,000 during the inaugural South Dakota Day of Giving Nov. 27, 2018, the South Dakota Humanities Council is gearing up for the 2019 event.

The second annual South Dakota Day of Giving will take place Dec. 3, 2019, which is recognized nationally as Giving Tuesday, a philanthropy-oriented holiday created in 2012 in response to consumerism that has dominated the months of November and December since the advent of Black Friday. South Dakota Day of Giving is a movement to support nonprofits in the state who "are making life just a little bit better for all who call South Dakota home," according to event organizer South Dakota Gives, which is coordinating the statewide #ForSouthDakota campaign.

South Dakota Day of Giving provides non-profits a chance to highlight their work as donors across the state celebrate generosity by giving to their favorite organizations. Hundreds of South Dakota non-profits are participating, and a group of 54 local nonprofits have joined together as #BrookingsGives to encourage donations for Brookings County non-profits, including SDHC.

South Dakota's second statewide giving day kicks off at midnight on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, and continues until 11:59 p.m. that night.

2019 SDHC Day of Giving Event; How to Participate

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, SDHC will be toasting generosity, collecting donations, and handing out various prizes to commemorate the South Dakota Day of Giving. Please join us at our office at 1215 Trail Ridge Road Suite A in Brookings to enjoy coffee and refreshments, tour the office, and participate in this statewide effort to promote philanthropy.

If you bring a donation for the South Dakota Humanities Council, you get to choose a free book from our Giving Shelf and enter to win other prizes! This is our way of saying THANK YOU for being generous and embracing the spirit of giving during this special day for our state!

If you can't make it to our office, you can donate online at sdhumanities.org/give or mail a check to the address below.

South Dakota Humanities Council
1215 Trail Ridge Road Ste. A
Brookings, SD 57006

"We so enjoyed visiting with members of our community who visited our office last year on Day of Giving, and we appreciate the opportunity to participate in this statewide effort of philanthropy," said Jennifer Widman, SDHC Center for the Book Director.

Shown above is the SDHC Giving Shelf and donation box. Each visitor who brings a donation to the SDHC Office on Tuesday, Dec. 3 will choose a free book from the Giving Shelf and enter to win other prizes.

Shown above is the SDHC Giving Shelf and donation box. Each visitor who brings a donation to the SDHC Office on Tuesday, Dec. 3 will choose a free book from the Giving Shelf and enter to win other prizes.

Making an Impact

In 2019, SDHC gave away 13,331 books and dozens of free humanities programs. These resources were provided free to individual students, as well as to schools, libraries and other organizations. One teacher at a rural school with less than 200 students told us our small donation of eight books was an absolute blessing for her students, who come from low-income families and can't order books via the Scholastic program — a privilege that catapults many children to a lifetime of reading.

We are asking for help on Dec. 3 to continue to fulfill this need in our state, to provide resources for libraries and schools in South Dakota. Next year, we hope to provide free books and humanities programs for readers we didn't reach in 2019.

For every $3 we raise, we can provide one book to an elementary student who doesn't have the resources to purchase books through the Scholastic program. Our goal on the South Dakota Day of Giving is to raise $6,000, or enough for 2,000 books.

Throughout the month, watch for additional information on our blog and social media pages about our participation in the Day of Giving, including stories of how your donation can help our organization moving forward.

Facts about the 2018 S.D. Day of Giving:

  • 1.75 million people donated statewide
  • The event, the first of its kind in South Dakota, created 1,368 new donors
  • Piggybacking on the Giving Tuesday movement that was created to combat the commercialization of holidays with "Black Friday" sales events, South Dakota Day of Giving gives nonprofits an opportunity to raise awareness, raise funds, identify new volunteers and identify new donors

Visit us and Make Your Own Memory

Any donation you make will enable us to reach more readers, young and old. We hope you'll join us on Tuesday to help make memories for others and make your own memories as you help us celebrate this special day for South Dakota.