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You can keep the humanities vibrant and alive in communities large and small across the state.

With your support, the mission to promote literature and conversation can reach all corners of South Dakota. Your gift helps us bring engaging, thoughtful programs to you & your neighbors. 

The SDHC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, funded through a combination of grants from private and public sources and large and small gifts from individual donors. Donations are tax-exempt. If you have questions, please call (605) 688-6113 or email


Young Readers Initiative – 1 to 1 Match

The SDHC received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant provides a $100,000 1 to 1 ratio federal match if SDHC receives $100,000 from non-federal sources. As of April 24, we have deposited $50,150 in receipts restricted to the Young Readers 1:1 Challenge Grant, exceeding our first goal of raising $50,000 by May 1, 2017. The second $50,000 needs to be received by May 1, 2018. The $200,000 fund will then provide three years of support for the Young Readers Initiative.

With this matching grant, we plan to continue our robust Young Readers Initiative and reach more young readers on all nine South Dakota American Indian reservations, select a tribal writer for the 2019 Young Readers One Book and assist Spanish-speaking English Language Learners through translated educational resources.


South Dakota Festival of Books & Young Readers Festival

Your gifts help South Dakota’s premiere literary event continue year after year and helps expand our Young Readers Initiative and the Young Readers Festival of Books.


Unrestricted Gift

You can help where SDHC needs it most. 

An unrestricted gift can be used towards operations expenses, technology upgrades, programming and special initiatives.

Endowment - South Dakota Community Foundation

Invest in the SDHC fund at the South Dakota Community Foundation.

They have renewed their investment in SDHC through a challenge grant, matching $1 for every $4 up to $80,000. The endowment will be held at the foundation to continually fund humanities programming throughout the state. It is another great way to support the SDHC’s mission.


Endowment - Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation

Support the SDHC Arts Endowment Challenge through the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation.

Your dollars will be matched $1 for every $3 raised up to $150,000. Dollars stay local and provide humanities programming in Minnehaha, Lincoln, Turner, and McCook counties. You are building cultural capital by building SDHC’s endowment fund.


Endowment - Black Hills Area Community Foundation

Keep programming permanent in the Hills through a gift to the SDHC fund at the Black Hills Area Community Foundation.  

Dollars in this fund stay local and build cultural capital in Butte, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Custer, Fall River, Harding, Perkins, Haakon, Ziebach, Jackson, and Oglala Lakota counties.