The Black Hills Area Community Foundation (BHACF) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started in 1987 to serve both donors and nonprofit agencies throughout the Black Hills. BHACF manages and administers charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Because of their commitment, BHACF awards hundreds of grants that have a positive impact on the quality of life in the Black Hills area.

Please donate to any of these funds. A processing fee will be associated with this contribution. If you would like your donation to cover this processing fee, please add 2.3% to your donation.

If you have any questions contact us at 605-718-0112 or by email info@bhacf.org.

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Fund Name   Description
Donor Advised Funds
Liv to Give DAF Donate Spendable corporate donor advised fund.
BHACF Operations
Operations Fund Donate A fund to support BHACF's programs and operations.
Field of Interest Funds
Albert and Laverne Elliott First Responders Fund Donate A Field of Interest fund to provide grants in response to the immediate death in the line of duty, of a first responder from the Sturgis Police Dept., Sturgis Fire Dept., Sturgis Ambulance Service or Meade County Sheriff's Dept. Revenue is shared.
Arlene Ham Endowed Fund for Women & Children-ENDWD Donate Endowed field of interest fund for granting to organizations that improve the conditions for women and children in the Black Hills region.
Black Hills Arts and Culture Fund Donate This is an Endowed Fund with distributions made available to the BHACF Board for annual grantmaking within arts & culture.
Black Hills Disaster Recovery Fund Donate A field of interest fund to provide emergency support, disaster relief and recovery, and disaster mitigation in the Black Hills region.
Black Hills Environment and Natural Resources Fund Donate This is an Endowed Fund with annual distributions to be made available to the Board for annual grantmaking in environment and natural resources.
Black Hills Fund for Excellence in Education Donate Black Hills Fund for Excellence in Education- supports education programs and initiatives from early childhood through post-secondary education.
Judith B Olsen Youth Fund Donate Field of Interest Fund created from the Estate of Judith B Olsen to support youth.
Native American Organizations and Causes Fund Donate Endowed Field of Interest (FOI) fund to support Native American Organizations and Causes.
Rapid City Area Affordable Housing Fund Donate A donor directed field of interest fund to invest in affordable housing in the Rapid City Area.
Scholarships
Amanda Hoffmann-Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund Donate Scholarship established in memory of South Park Elementary school teacher Amanda Hoffmann-Smith. This scholarship will go to benefit Rapid City Area high school students who will study business and/or education.
Deerfield Store Scholarship Donate Mike Sawyer of Deerfield, SD was a beloved neighbor, friend and veteran. He was the kind of person who would help anyone who needed a hand and was a true friend and gentleman to all who crossed his path. He was a caring man and was always checking in on those who might need a little help or a kind word. Mike Sawyer passed away on August 27, 2018, leaving a legacy that will not be easily forgotten. In every essence of Mike's life, he was always thinking of giving back. This is evidenced by the fact that he left an endowment with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation with the sole purpose of providing scholarships to Hill City High School students.
Harold and George "Elbert" Newton Memorial Music Scholarship Donate The Harold and George Newton Memorial Music Scholarship has been created by the children of Harold and George Newton to honor their respective fathers, to show their appreciation for the role that Spearfish High School had in instilling an appreciation of music to their fathers, and to assist a student at Spearfish High School in furthering his or her education.
Hosie Main Memorial Music Scholarship Donate Hosie Main Memorial Music Scholarship available for any student attending a Rapid City Public School and pursuing secondary education.
Hunter J. Lewis Memorial Scholarship Donate In memory of Hunter J. Lewis, this fund provides scholarships to graduating seniors from Custer High School and Gillette High School.
Joyce Bedingfield Memorial Nursing Scholarship Donate This fund is being established to provide scholarships for nursing students accepted and enrolled in a nursing program in the Black Hills and Nashville, TN areas.
Julia Beth Jacobson Memorial Scholarship Fund Donate The Julia Beth Jacobson Memorial Scholarship has been created by Julia's family and friends to honor her legacy of giving back to her community. The scholarship will help a Spearfish High School student who has made a significant impact in the community, further his or her education.
Kevin J. Morsching Memorial Scholarship Donate In memory of Kevin J. Morsching, a scholarship fund to provide scholarships to graduating seniors at St. Thomas More High School in Rapid City and Post 22 baseball players.
Patterson Scholarship Fund Donate This fund is being established to provide scholarships for hardworking, average high school graduates from Custer High School.
Sarah Stevens Scholarship Donate Endowed scholarship fund to provide scholarships to a cum laude female senior of RC Central High School for studies in counseling or medicine.
SD Engineering Society - Black Hills Chapter Scholarship Donate Endowed scholarship fund to provide scholarships for engineering students at SDSM&T
The Walt Award Donate Endowed scholarship fund to provide scholarships in honoro of Dr. Walter Neiswanger. Scholarships for graduating seniors who are relatives of a SD nonprofit employee.
Grantmaking
BHACF Operations Endowment Donate Endowed fund to support and sustain the programming and operating needs of the Foundation in the future.
Black Hills by Choice Donate Giving Circle that provides support for the Foundation and makes grants to community nonprofits that improve the quality of life in the Black Hills.
Black Hills Impact Donate A Giving Circle started by a group of like-minded people who want to better the Black Hills by making positive philanthropic impacts.
Community Grantmaking Donate Endowed fund enabling BHACF to make grants to improve the quality of life in the Black Hills region.
OWL Fund Donate Endowed acorn fund to support scholarships for Western South Dakota students seeking elite higher education.
Southern Hills - Black Hills by Choice Donate Giving Circle that provides support for the Foundation and makes grants to community nonprofits that improve the quality of life in the Southern Black Hills.
YouthPhil Donate A grantmaking fund to engage young people in the power of philanthropy. High school students learn about philanthropy and have the opportunity to participate in the grantmaking process and help improve their community.
YouthPhil Scholarship Donate Scholarship fund created to grant an annual scholarship to a student who has participated in our YouthPhil Giving Circle.
Designated Funds
Big Brothers Big Sisters Designated Fund Donate Endowed designated fund supporting the operating needs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills.
Black Hills Community Homelessness Fund Donate A designated endowed fund to support the Black Hills Regional Homeless Coalition.
Black Hills Community Theatre Designated Fund Donate Black Hills Community Theatre Designated Fund. Our mission is to infuse the Black Hills Region with enthusiasm for all aspects of theatre by providing quality theatrical opportunities and productions for this region.
Bridges Scholarship Donate Endowed Designated Fund to provide scholarships to Western Dakota Tech for any student who lived at the Abbott House or was ever in foster care.
Dakota Choral Union Donate Endowed designated fund supporting the operating needs of the Dakota Choral Union.
Diabetes Inc. - Designated Fund Donate Endowed designated fund supporting the operating needs of the Diabeted Inc.
Diabetes Inc. Stingley Donate Endowed designated fund supporting the camps and educational activities for children with diabetes by Diabetes Inc.
Fall River County Historical Society Donate Endowed designated fund to support the operating needs of the Fall River Historical Society
Founder's Park Donate Endowed designated fund to support the maintainence and improvement of the Founders Park Memorial.
Hill City Friends of the Library Donate A designated quasi-endowed fund to support the expansion of the Hill City Library.
Historic Homestake Opera House Donate Endowed designated fund to support the operating needs of the Historic Homestake Opera House.
Hope Center Diehl Fund Donate Endowed designated fund to support the operating needs of The Hope Center.
Landon Fund for Black Hills Playhouse Donate Endowed designated fund to support the operating needs of the Black Hills Playhouse.
Love INC Donate Endowed designated fund to support the operating needs of Love INC
Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary Donate Spendable designated fund for capital improvement projects for Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary.
Rapid City Foundation Originating Fund Donate Endowed designated fund supporting BHACF, scholarships and credit counseling according to originating fund from the Rapid City Foundation.
Ray of Hope Garden Fund Donate An endowed designated fund whose annual distribution is used to support the ongoing maintenance of the Ray of Hope Garden on the OneHeart campus.
RCAC Advanced Arts Scholarship Designated Fund Donate Endowed designated fund to support advanced scholars with the RC Arts Council
RCAC Exhibits & Collections-Designated Donate Endowed designated fund to support exhibits and collections of the RC Arts Council.
Saab Heritage Museum USA-Sturgis Donate Endowed Designated Fund to support operating needs of the Saab Heritage Museum USA-Sturgis.
South Dakota Humanities Council Designated Fund Donate SD Humanities Council - TR
Youth & Family Services Foundation Donate Endowed designated fund to support operating needs of Youth and Family Services
Agency Funds
Abbott House Foundation Fund Donate The Abbott House Foundation Fund shall be used for support of the charitable, scientific, or educational purposes of the Agency, whose mission is to provide premier services to youth and families.
Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity Donate Endowed agency fund to support the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity
Black Hills Raptor Center Donate Endowed agency fund to support the Black Hills Raptor Center.
Black Hills Works Foundation Donate Endowed fund to support the mission of Black Hills Works and Black Hills Works Foundation.
Boy Scouts of America Black Hills Area Council Donate An Endowed Agency Fund to support the Boy Scouts of America Black Hills Area Council.
Canyon Lake Activity Center Donate Endowed fund to support the Canyon Lake Activity Center.
Central States Fair Donate Endowed agency fund to support the Central States Fair.
Chamber Music Festival Donate
Chapel in the Hills Donate Endowed agency fund to support the Chapel in the Hills.
Children's Home Foundation Donate Endowed agency fund to support the Children's Home Foundation and the Children's Home Society.
CHS - Children's Advocacy Center Sub-fund Donate
Cold Springs Historical Society Donate This endowed fund shall be used for the support of the charitable, scientific, or educational purposes of the Agency, whose mission is to maintain and manage the property of the Cold Springs Historical Society.
Custer County Historical Society Donate The purpose of this fund is to support the charitable, scientific, or educational purposes of the Agency, whose mission is to preserve history and 1881 Courthouse Museum.
Feeding South Dakota Donate Endowed agency fund to support Feeding South Dakota.
Fork Real Community Cafe Fund Donate Fork Real Community Cafe Agency Endowment Fund. This fund shall be used for support of the charitable, scientific, or educational purposes of the Agency, whose mission is to build community using food and conversation through a pay-what-you-can cafe model.
Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting Donate Endowed agency fund to support Friends of SDPB and SDPB
Friends of the Rapid City Public Library Donate The fund shall be used for support of the charitable, scientific, or educational purposes of the Friends of the Rapid City Public Library, whose mission is to provide support for the Rapid City Public Library and its services.
Front Porch Coalition Donate Endowed agency fund to support Front Porch Coalition
Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons Donate Endowed agency fund to support Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizon.
Humane Society of the Black Hills Donate Endowed agency fund to support the Humane Society of the Black Hills
Izaak Walton League, Rapid City Chapter, Endowed Donate This is an Endowed Agency Fund with and annual distribution made available for grants advised by the League.
Izaak Walton League, Rapid City Chapter, Quasi-Endowed Donate This is a Quasi Endowed Fund with and annual distribution to be made available for grants advised by the League.
LifeScape for the Hills Donate The LifeScape for the Hills Fund shall be used for support of the charitable, scientific, or educational purposes of the Agency, whose mission is to empower children and adults with disabilities in the Black Hills to lead fulfilling lives.
Lifeways Donate Endowed agency fund to support Lifeways
Make-A-Wish South Dakota Donate Endowed agency fund to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota and Make-A-Wish South Dakota.
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs Donate Endowed agency fund to support the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
NAU Foundation QE Donate Quasi-endowed agency fund to support the National American University Foundation and NAU
Pennington County 4-H Leader's Association Fund Donate Endowed Agency fund to support the mission of the Pennington County 4-H Leader's Association.
Rapid City Arts Council Donate Endowed agency fund to support the Rapid City Arts Council
Rapid City Library Foundation Donate Endowed agency fund to support the Rapid City Library Foundation and the Rapid City Public Library
Re-Member Donate Endowed agency fund to support Re-Member
Rural America Initiatives Donate Endowed agency fund to support Rural America Initiatives
St. Francis Foundation Donate Endowed agency fund to support the St. Francis Foundation
Storybook Island Inc Donate This endowed Agency Fund shall be used for support of the charitable, scientific, or educational purposes of the Agency, whose mission is to provide a free, safe, educational environment for those young in years, or young at heart, to experience the power of imagination.
Sturgis Area Arts Council Donate
Sturgis Public Library Donate The fund shall be used for the support of the charitable, scientific, or educational purposes of the Agency, whose mission is to provide materials, information, programs, services, and access to technology contributing to the life-long learning and personal enrichment of community members.
The Storehouse Donate Quasi Endowed Fund (2) to support the operations of the Storehouse in Custer, SD, which provides charitable food and clothing resources for those in need in the Custer area.
The Storehouse - QE Donate Quasi-endowed funds to support the operations of The Storehouse in Custer, SD
WAVI Donate Endowed agency fund to support Women Against Violence, Inc (WAVI)
WDT Foundation Donate Endowed agency fund to support Western Dakota Technical Institute Foundation and WDT
Wellspring, Inc. dba Wellfully Donate Endowed agency fund to support Wellspring, dba Wellsfully
Western Resources for Independent Living Donate Endowed agency fund to support Western Resources for Independent Living
Youth & Family Services Foundation Donate The Fund shall be used for support of the charitable, scientific, or educational purposes of the Agency, whose mission is to promote philanthropy, receive and administer charitable gifts, and support the mission and activities of Youth and Family Services, Inc. The vision of Youth & Family Services, Inc. is that children in western South Dakota will develop healthy bodies, inquiring minds, wholesome relationships, compassionate hearts, creative spirits, the conviction to stand up for themselves and others, and the courage to build a better society.
Special Project Funds
Black Hills Home Builders Assoc Charitable Fund:Builders Care-Pub Crawl Donate The purpose of this fund is to hold and distribute charitable donations for the purpose of supporting the charitable work of the Black Hills Home Builders Association to include Builders Care programs, Education/Scholarship and Workforce Development programs, and efforts to lower housing costs and increase affordability.
Black Hills Home Builders Assoc Charitable Fund:Home Builder Development Resources-CC Donate The purpose of this fund is to hold and distribute charitable donations for the purpose of supporting the charitable work of the Black Hills Home Builders Association to include Builders Care programs, Education/Scholarship and Workforce Development programs, and efforts to lower housing costs and increase affordability.
Black Hills Home Builders Assoc Charitable Fund:Workforce Development-Scholarship & Education Donate The purpose of this fund is to hold and distribute charitable donations for the purpose of supporting the charitable work of the Black Hills Home Builders Association to include Builders Care programs, Education/Scholarship and Workforce Development programs, and efforts to lower housing costs and increase affordability.
Black Hills StartUp Donate Special project that helps people turn passions into profit by pursuing the most powerful force advancing society and human welfare today: entrepreneurship. By empowering others, they identify leaders, build communities, and inspire change.
Custer Bark Park Donate The purpose of this fund is to hold and distribute charitable donations for building a fenced in dog park in Custer, SD by the Custer Bark Park Committee.
Education Excellence Fund Donate Special project fund supporting excellence in public education in the Black Hills region.
Elevate Rapid City Donate The purpose of this fund is to hold and distribute charitable donations for the purpose of marketing, stimulating and developing economic growth within the greater Rapid City area.
Fuse Rapid City Donate The purpose of this fund is to hold and distribute charitable donations to local nonprofit organizations of Rapid City.
Future Sturgis Donate Special project fund supporting economic development in the Sturgis area.
Horizons of Parmelee Donate Special project fund promoting community building and combatting poverty in the community of Parmelee.
Horsecreek Horizons Donate Special project fund promoting community building and combatting poverty in the community of Horsecreek and in particular the Horsecreek Elders Youth Opportunity Knowledge Association.
LIFE Fund Donate Special project fund to support the education, safety, training and community service activities of the Rapid City Fire Department.
Live Like Lilli - FS Donate Mission: See Good, Do Good, Share Good.
Mniluzahan Okolakiaciapi Ambass Donate Special project fund to support the activities of Mniluzahan Okalakiaciapi Ambassadors.
MOA SDCF RC Indian School Lands Memorial Sub Fund Donate MOA special project fund for the collection of donations for the Rapid City Indian School Lands Memorial.
OneHeart Donate Our proposed transformation campus will be designed to transition people from homelessness or near homelessness to permanent housing and more independent living meaning less long-term dependence on service providers and a savings to the community. The campus would welcome existing agencies to co-locate on the campus to better serve clientele. In short, all the wrap-around services would be more easily accessible to address every aspect of someones broken life.
OneHeart-Ray of Hope Garden Project Fund Donate Shadow Project fund for original design and construction of the Ray of Hope Garden on the OneHeart campus.
Rapid City Collective Impact-Food Security Fund Donate Spendable fund to support the charitable work of Rapid City Collective Impact.
Rapid City Strategic Housing Trust Fund Donate The purpose of this fund is to hold and distribute charitable donations for the purpose of providing program related investments (loans) or grants to for-profit and nonprofit organizations to invest in the creation or preservation of affordable housing for moderate, low, and very low income households; for eviction mitigation incentive loans; and for rent or utilities assistance as recommended by the Advisory Board.
RCPD Community First Fund Donate
RC Urban Orchard Project Donate Special project fund to promote the planting of fruit trees in the green spaces of Rapid City.
The Cave Collective Donate The purpose of the Fund is to hold and distribute charitable donations from a collaborative fundraising event to support The Cave Collective and the Black Hills Area Community Foundation Food Security and Disaster Recovery funds.
West River Trails Coalition Donate Special project fund to support the study, planning, and development of the Badlands Rails to Trails project and other activities of the West River Trails Coalition.
Whitewood Econ Dev Donate Special project fund to foster and perpetuate community and economic development in the greater Whitewood area.
Women of Central Scholarship Donate Spendable scholarship fund to support students and teachers of RC Central High School.
Donor Advised Funds
Community Service Center Trust Fund Donate The purpose of this donor advised fund is to provide grants for the benefit of low income persons within the local Rapid City area, with special emphasis on providing funds that benefit local Native American Indian groups to help provide services and programs for their people.
Leadership Rapid City Donate Endowed field of interest fund to support the projects of Leadership Rapid City classes of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Meade School District 46-1 Charitable Trust Fund Donate The purpose of this endowed donor advised fund is to provide funding for the needs of the Meade 46-1 School District.
Young Professionals Group Endowed Fund Donate
Cemetery Fund
Nemo Cemetery Association Fund Donate The purpose of the Fund is to create a permanent endowment for the maintenance, restoration, and beautification of the public and historic areas of Nemo Cemetery, which is located in Nemo, South Dakota.
Other Funds