In response to many immediate needs due to the coronavirus, the Larson Family Foundation has contributed $250,000 to the South Dakota Community Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund, the SDCF announced Wednesday.

In efforts to aid communities and nonprofits in need due to the coronavirus outbreak, the SDCF established the Coronavirus Response Fund in March. The fund provides support to nonprofit and community organizations directly addressing the needs of those affected by coronavirus, whether due to actual infection by the virus or by efforts to curb or prevent the spread of the virus.

The Larson Family Foundation is a grant-making foundation created by the Larson family to share their good fortune with the people of South Dakota. It was established by Dale Larson, current board president and former CEO and president of Larson Manufacturing Company, manufacturer of storm doors and storm windows.

“The Larson Family Foundation has always been committed to helping South Dakotans in need achieve a better quality of life,” said Maree Larson, Larson Family Foundation and SDCF board member. “Supporting SDCF’s efforts through the Coronavirus Response Fund is an opportunity for us to help lessen the impact of the coronavirus by providing for basic human needs such as food, shelter and supplies at a statewide level.”

The SDCF recently distributed dollars to the following nonprofits to address immediate concerns: American Red Cross, Feeding South Dakota, Helpline Center, Lutheran Social Services, Partnership with Native Americans, the Salvation Army, and to 11 adult nutrition centers across South Dakota. SDCF is also providing matching grants to Community Savings Account partners that are responding to local community needs because of coronavirus. Nearly $600,000 has been made available from the Coronavirus Response Fund to organizations and communities across South Dakota to date.

“As a statewide community foundation, we work to serve and strengthen communities across South Dakota every day,” said Stephanie Judson, SDCF president and CEO. “The Larson Foundation’s gift allows us to continue deploying much-needed funding to address the myriad of issues posed by the coronavirus. We want to recognize and thank them for their tremendous generosity.”

In addition to gifts from the SDCF’s South Dakota Fund, the Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation, several South Dakotans have already committed to the statewide response fund since its launch. 

Those who would like to ensure that people impacted by the coronavirus receive the help they need are asked to consider a gift to the SDCF Coronavirus Response Fund. One hundred percent of the funds collected go directly toward addressing coronavirus concerns in the state.

Donations can be made online at https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/covid-19/ or by sending a check to SDCF, PO Box 296, Pierre, SD 57501.

By: South Dakota Community Foundation 

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