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CHS 125 years plaque



$55 Million Transformational Gift

A $55 million donation from philanthropist and First PREMIER Bank and Bankcard founder T. Denny Sanford to Children’s Home Society is the largest and most transformational one-time gift in the organization’s 125-year history. The generous gift will transform CHS’s ability to assist children and adults in need and ensure the organization has adequate resources for decades to come.

Mr. Sanford’s $55 million gift will address two significant needs:

• Expansion of Children’s Inn - Mr. Sanford directed a portion of his gift to provide for an expansion of Children’s Inn facilities, which will include the T. Denny Sanford Shelter of Hope. Children’s Inn is a shelter for women and children escaping domestic abuse.

• Funding Staff Recruitment and Development - Mr. Sanford directed the remainder of his gift to be placed in an endowment, with earnings committed to the long-term improvement of support, compensation and retention of statewide staff.

Mr. Sanford has a history of supporting Children’s Home Society. Over the last two decades, the philanthropist has made several donations and often attends the organization’s annual charity events to encourage others to give.

Established in 1893, Children’s Home Society (CHS) is South Dakota’s oldest human services, nonprofit organization. It provides residential treatment and special education, emergency shelter, forensic interviews, foster care and adoption, and prevention services.

If you would like more information about Children’s Home Society, visit its website at www.chssd.org.