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
Wayne and Gwynn Hansen Fund Non-permanent donor advised fund.
BHACF Operations
Operations Fund A fund to support BHACF's programs and operations.
Field of Interest Funds
Albert and Laverne Elliott First Responders Fund 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.
Arlene Ham Endowed Fund for Women & Children 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 This is an Endowed Fund with distributions made available to the BHACF Board for annual grantmaking within arts & culture.
Black Hills Disaster Recovery Fund A field of interest endowed fund to provide emergency support, disaster relief and recovery, and disaster mitigation in the Black Hills region.
Black Hills Environment and Natural Resources Fund 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 Black Hills Fund for Excellence in Education- supports education programs and initiatives from early childhood through post-secondary education.
Rapid City Area Affordable Housing Fund A donor directed field of interest fund to invest in affordable housing in the Rapid City Area.
Scholarships
Amanda Hoffmann-Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund 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.
Harold and George "Elbert" Newton Memorial Music Scholarship 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.
Hunter J. Lewis Memorial Scholarship In memory of Hunter J. Lewis, this fund provides scholarships to graduating seniors from Custer High School and Gillette High School.
Julia Beth Jacobson Memorial Scholarship Fund 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.
Patterson Scholarship Fund This fund is being established to provide scholarships for hardworking, average high school graduates from Custer High School.
Sarah Stevens Scholarship 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 Endowed scholarship fund to provide scholarships for engineering students at SDSM&T
That Kevin J. Morsching Memorial Scholarship 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.
The Walt Award 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 Endowed fund to support and sustain the programming and operating needs of the Foundation in the future.
Black Hills by Choice 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 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 Endowed fund enabling BHACF to make grants to improve the quality of life in the Black Hills region.
OWL Fund Endowed acorn fund to support scholarships for Western South Dakota students seeking elite higher education.
Southern Hills - Black Hills by Choice 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 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.
Designated Funds
Big Brothers Big Sisters Designated Fund Endowed designated fund supporting the operating needs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills.
Black Hills Community Homelessness Fund A designated endowed fund to support the Black Hills Regional Homeless Coalition.
Black Hills Community Theatre Designated Fund 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.
Dakota Choral Union Endowed designated fund supporting the operating needs of the Dakota Choral Union.
Diabetes Inc. - Designated Fund Endowed designated fund supporting the operating needs of the Diabeted Inc.
Diabetes Inc. Stingley Endowed designated fund supporting the camps and educational activities for children with diabetes by Diabetes Inc.
Fall River County Historical Society Endowed designated fund to support the operating needs of the Fall River Historical Society
Founder's Park Endowed designated fund to support the maintainence and improvement of the Founders Park Memorial.
Hill City Friends of the Library A designated quasi-endowed fund to support the expansion of the Hill City Library.
Historic Homestake Opera House Endowed designated fund to support the operating needs of the Historic Homestake Opera House.
Hope Center Diehl Fund Endowed designated fund to support the operating needs of The Hope Center.
Landon Fund for Black Hills Playhouse Endowed designated fund to support the operating needs of the Black Hills Playhouse.
Love INC Endowed designated fund to support the operating needs of Love INC
Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary Spendable designated fund for capital improvement projects for Pathways Spiritual Sanctuary.
Rapid City Foundation Originating Fund Endowed designated fund supporting BHACF, scholarships and credit counseling according to originating fund from the Rapid City Foundation.
RCAC Advanced Arts Scholarship Designated Fund Endowed designated fund to support advanced scholars with the RC Arts Council
RCAC Exhibits & Collections-Designated Endowed designated fund to support exhibits and collections of the RC Arts Council.
South Dakota Humanities Council Designated Fund SD Humanities Council - TR
WAVI WAVI fund that anyone, including individuals, can donate to.
WEAVE Fund Designated Spendable designated fund to support the operating needs of Women Escaping a Violent Environment in Custer.
Youth & Family Services Foundation Endowed designated fund to support operating needs of Youth and Family Services
Agency Funds
Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity Endowed agency fund to support the Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity
Black Hills Raptor Center Endowed agency fund to support the Black Hills Raptor Center.
Black Hills Works Foundation Endowed fund to support the mission of Black Hills Works and Black Hills Works Foundation.
Boy Scouts of America Black Hills Area Council An Endowed Agency Fund to support the Boy Scouts of America Black Hills Area Council.
Canyon Lake Activity Center Endowed fund to support the Canyon Lake Activity Center.
Central States Fair Endowed agency fund to support the Central States Fair.
Chamber Music Festival
Chapel in the Hills Endowed agency fund to support the Chapel in the Hills.
Children's Home Foundation Endowed agency fund to support the Children's Home Foundation and the Children's Home Society.
CHS - Children's Advocacy Center Sub-fund
Feeding South Dakota Endowed agency fund to support Feeding South Dakota.
Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting Endowed agency fund to support Friends of SDPB and SDPB
Front Porch Coalition Endowed agency fund to support Front Porch Coalition
Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons Endowed agency fund to support Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizon.
Humane Society of the Black Hills Endowed agency fund to support the Humane Society of the Black Hills
Izaak Walton League, Rapid City Chapter, Endowed 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 This is a Quasi Endowed Fund with and annual distribution to be made available for grants advised by the League.
Lifeways Endowed agency fund to support Lifeways
Make-A-Wish South Dakota Endowed agency fund to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota and Make-A-Wish South Dakota.
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs Endowed agency fund to support the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
NAU Foundation QE Quasi-endowed agency fund to support the National American University Foundation and NAU
Pennington County 4-H Leader's Association Fund Endowed Agency fund to support the mission of the Pennington County 4-H Leader's Association.
Rapid City Area Schools Endowment Fund The fund shall be used for support of the charitable, scientific, or educational purposes of the Agency, whose mission is to build a community of lifelong learners, one student at a time.
Rapid City Arts Council Endowed agency fund to support the Rapid City Arts Council
Rapid City Library Foundation Endowed agency fund to support the Rapid City Library Foundation and the Rapid City Public Library
Re-Member Endowed agency fund to support Re-Member
Rural America Initiatives Endowed agency fund to support Rural America Initiatives
St. Francis Foundation Endowed agency fund to support the St. Francis Foundation
The Storehouse 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 Quasi-endowed funds to support the operations of The Storehouse in Custer, SD
WAVI Endowed agency fund to support Women Against Violence, Inc (WAVI)
WDT Foundation Endowed agency fund to support Western Dakota Technical Institute Foundation and WDT
Wellspring, Inc. Endowed agency fund to support Wellspring
Western Resources for Independent Living Endowed agency fund to support Western Resources for Independent Living
Special Project Funds
Black Hills Regional Homeless Coalition Fund The purpose of this fund is to hold and distribute charitable donations for the purpose of infrastructure and expansion of the Black Hills Regional Homeless Coalition.
Black Hills StartUp 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.
Canyon Lake Activity Center-FS Fiscal Sponsorship/Special Project fund for the purpose of accepting donations for capital campaigns benefitting the Canyon Lake Activity Center.
Challenge! Hot Springs Special project fund to support active events in the Hot Springs/Fall River County Area.
Education Excellence Fund Special project fund supporting excellence in public education in the Black Hills region.
Elevate Rapid City 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.
Future Sturgis Special project fund supporting economic development in the Sturgis area.
Horizons of Parmelee Special project fund promoting community building and combatting poverty in the community of Parmelee.
Horsecreek Horizons Special project fund promoting community building and combatting poverty in the community of Horsecreek and in particular the Horsecreek Elders Youth Opportunity Knowledge Association.
Lakota Dream Project A fund to support the creation of the Lakota Dream Museum & Monument, which will be located in the Black Hills, SD.
LIFE Fund Special project fund to support the education, safety, training and community service activities of the Rapid City Fire Department.
Live Like Lilli - FS Mission: See Good, Do Good, Share Good.
Mniluzahan Okolakiaciapi Ambass Special project fund to support the activities of Mniluzahan Okalakiaciapi Ambassadors.
OneHeart 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.
Rapid City Collective Impact Spendable fund to support the charitable work of Rapid City Collective Impact.
RCPD Community First Fund
RC Urban Orchard Project Special project fund to promote the planting of fruit trees in the green spaces of Rapid City.
West River Trails Coalition 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 Special project fund to foster and perpetuate community and economic development in the greater Whitewood area.
Women of Central Scholarship Spendable scholarship fund to support students and teachers of RC Central High School.
Donor Advised Funds
Leadership Rapid City Endowed field of interest fund to support the projects of Leadership Rapid City classes of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce.
Liv to Give DAF Spendable corporate donor advised fund.
Young Professionals Group Endowed Fund
Other Funds
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