The Fairy Godmother’s Fund Ten Years and Counting
A STRONG START Established in 2009 to address immediate, short-term critical needs of our state’s women with limited resources, the Fairy Godmother’s Fund is turning ten. The fund began with $11,000 in donations from hundreds of women attending a conference in Pierre which included $5,000 from the South Dakota Community Foundation. With that strong beginning, the fund has continued to grow, thanks to our generous donors. In the past 10 years, nearly $42,000 has been granted to 81 women in South Dakota.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE Over the years, grants from the fund have benefited women in a variety of ways including: • Purchasing an iPad for a woman with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities to use at work and for budgetary, banking and other daily tasks. • Providing funds for a student during a difficult semester at one of our state’s technical institutes. She was able to graduate with degree in hand. • Assisting with the adoption of a medical alert dog to help a woman with diabetes and a new diagnosis of epilepsy.
Even miracles take a little time. --Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother
A CARING COUNCIL Fund recipients are referred to the South Dakota Community Foundation by nonprofits or community members that have knowledge of the woman’s circumstances. Self-referrals are not accepted. There are no grant applications, no long forms or dense paperwork to fill out. This process could not work without the Fairy Godmother’s Fund’s Advisory Council. These women, representing areas across our state, volunteer their time to ensure funds are paid to those with the most pressing needs throughout the year. Many thanks to our past and current council members.
DONORS OFFER A RAY OF HOPE….. These small grants make a big difference in the lives of recipients. Please consider supporting this worthwhile program. Through your contribution to the Fairy Godmother’s Fund, you can help the women of South Dakota. Your involvement will ensure that this is a never-ending story of people helping people. zx
CONTRIBUTIONS CAN BE SENT TO: Fairy Godmother’s Fund South Dakota Community Foundation 1714 N Lincoln Ave., P.O. Box 296 • Pierre, SD 57501-0296 or donate on-line at SDCommunityFoundation.org/FGM Fairy Godmother’s Fund