Safe Harbor Foundation meets challenge to receive $20,000

Pictured (L to R): Stephanie Judson, President and CEO, SDCF; Gina Karst, Executive Director, Safe Harbor and Kristie Martin, board member, Safe Harbor Foundation

ABERDEEN, S.D. (Press Release) – The Safe Harbor Foundation has received a $20,000 matching grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF). The Safe Harbor Foundation recently completed a two-year challenge to raise $80,000 to earn the grant. Because of many donors and SDCF’s matching grant, more than $100,000 is held in a permanent endowment at SDCF to provide perpetual benefit to Safe Harbor, an organization that serves victims of sexual and domestic violence. Funds will be invested over time, and earnings will create a long-term revenue source to support the organization.

“Thanks to many charitable individuals, we have met our initial goal,” said Kelli Schaunaman, President of the Safe Harbor Foundation. “We are blessed to be part of a such a generous community, and we look forward to the support this will provide Safe Harbor for years to come.” Schaunaman noted that support for the Purple Potty program contributed significantly to meeting the goal. The Safe Harbor Foundation accepted the challenge in October 2018.

“We are proud to partner with the Safe Harbor Foundation to create a source of permanent funding for Safe Harbor,” said Patrick Gallagher, Community Development Coordinator for SDCF in Aberdeen. “We congratulate everyone who was involved in helping them meet the challenge.”

Donations to the Safe Harbor Foundation are invested along with other SDCF endowed funds. A percentage of the fund’s value is made available annually for the foundation board to distribute to support the mission of Safe Harbor. As the fund grows, so will the annual amount available to give back to the organization.

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