Visit SDHC Office in Brookings, Select from the Giving Shelf on Day of Giving, Nov. 27

Enjoy Treats and Free Gifts as we Celebrate Generosity

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, we'll be toasting generosity, collecting donations, and handing out various prizes to commemorate the first-ever 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.

Spin the Prize Wheel and Select a Book from our Giving Shelf!

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

Larson Family Foundation will match, on a 1-1 basis, the donations you bring (if you live in Brookings County) on Nov. 27!

If you can't make it to our office, you can donate online at or mail a check to the address below. Donations from Brookings County residents qualify for the match if they are made online (from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.) Nov. 27 or mailed and postmarked Nov. 27.

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

The South Dakota Humanities Council is hosting a special Day of Giving Nov. 27, 2018.

Shown above is the SDHC Giving Shelf, prize wheel and donation box. Each visitor who brings a donation to the SDHC Office on Tuesday, Nov. 27 will choose a free book from the Giving Shelf and spin the prize wheel to win a special prize, from Festival of Books t-shirts to other swag!

What is the Day of Giving?

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.

More than 400 organizations are participating statewide, and a group of Brookings County non-profits has started their own movement in support of the broader effort called #BrookingsGives.

To support this local movement and encourage local generosity, Larson Family Foundation agreed to match every donation from Brookings County residents on the day of giving.

"The Larson Family Foundation is pleased to bring attention to this celebration of nonprofits and the important work they are doing in the community," said Maree Larson, executive director.

Why Participate in the Day of Giving?

Making a difference in someone's life is easier than you might think. Some people believe it's useless to try, with so many needs out in the world.

But any effort to help others is anything but useless; donating time, energy and/or money to non profit groups or individuals is a simple way to help others who have less.

From providing services to people with mental or physical illness to empowering and mentoring young people, the organizations we partnered with in Brookings County for this fundraising push all "make life a little better" for South Dakotans.

At the South Dakota Humanities Council, through the Festival of Books and other programs, we help South Dakotans explore reading and understand each other as human beings — and make lifelong memories in the process.

We believe humanities are critical to life in South Dakota and around the U.S., especially during this time of political and cultural divisiveness.

Kate DiCamillo at the Young Readers South Dakota Festival of Books in Sioux Falls. Photo by Emily Spartz/Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Kate DiCamillo at the Young Readers South Dakota Festival of Books in Sioux Falls. Photo by Emily Spartz/Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

We were struck this year by a particular memory shared by one of our many Festival authors who create poignant memories for readers and writers. So moved was Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo by a special moment during the 2014 Festival of Books that she shared it with Time Magazine three years later.

After her Festival keynote, a third-grader from the audience — who identified with DiCamillo's story about feeling lost after being separated from a parent — approached her and said, "I thought I might not be okay. But you said today that you're okay. And so I think that I will be okay, too."

DiCamillo said she and the boy felt "connected" by their mutual loneliness at a young age. She told him, "You will be okay. You are okay."

DiCamillo and the young boy felt hopeful, inspired, and connected as they held hands and discussed "being okay." We want to continue to inspire these very human emotions and help others "Explore the Human Adventure" through South Dakota Humanities Council programs.

There are still many South Dakotans, young and old, who haven't felt "connected" to books or each other, and we'd like to reach more of them.

Visit us and Make Your Own Memory

Any donation you make will help us 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.