HCF launches challenge fund drive

PHOTO BY ROGER LARSEN/PLAINSMAN The Huron Community Foundation provided the local match for a new People’s Transit bus, one of the many projects it has helped fund over the years. Shown are back row, from left: Mary Pearson, Spencer White, Stephany Weed, from People’s Transit; Rhonda Kludt and Steve Gohn and, front row, left to right, Carolyn Stahl, Morgan Harrison and Taylor Stuart - student board members; Kristin Wheeler and Gayle Kludt, People’s Transit.

HURON – The Huron Community Foundation has launched a fund drive to meet the needs of the “Huron Rising” program, a series of town hall meetings HCF hosted last fall during which residents identified the most pressing projects.
Many of them are now being addressed, while others require additional funding, said Steve Gohn, foundation president.
To help move the projects forward, the HCF board is asking for the community’s help in growing its endowment fund by $200,000.
This goal enables an additional $10,125 in grant distributions each and every year to address Huron projects.
Gohn said there is no better way to leave a lasting legacy.
“Supporting the Huron Community Foundation benefits Huron residents for decades to come,” he said. He said every gift, no matter how big or small, truly makes a difference.
“Right now your gifts go even farther,” Gohn said. He said the South Dakota Community Foundation issued a matching challenge grant of $25,000 to be awarded to the HCF if it reaches its goal.
“Donors can also leverage future gifts to the HCF by making a three-year pledge today, with that entire three-year pledge counting as a match toward receiving the $25,000 challenge grant,” he said.
Thanks to the support and generosity of the community, the Huron Community Foundation has been able to award $395,614 to local projects over the last 15 years.
A few of the dozens of projects the foundation has helped succeed include Splash Central Water Park, Beadle County Humane Society, Karen Association, People’s Transit, Huron Little League, 4-H Rodeo and the Backpack Program.
For more information about the fund drive or the HCF, contact Gohn at 354-1118 or email [email protected]


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