FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2019
T. Denny Sanford Donates $55 million to Children’s Home Society
The largest and most transformational one-time gift ever received in its 125-year history
SIOUX FALLS, SD – Children’s Home Society, South Dakota’s oldest human services, non-profit organization, announced a $55 million donation from philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. 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.
“The services provided by Children’s Home Society are invaluable,” Sanford said. “The organization cares for those who require the most care of all - our young people and those who are in serious danger. I hope my gift will inspire others to do what they can to support Children’s Home as it heads into its next century of service.”
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 as well.
“T. Denny has been a longtime friend of Children’s Home and believes in our mission of supporting the safety and well-being of children and families,” said Children’s Home Executive Director Bill Colson. “It’s with that spirit of support, he approached me and asked, ‘What is Children’s Home Society’s greatest need?’”
This initial discussion became the basis for Sanford’s gift, which will address two significant needs:
Expanding Children’s Inn Shelter
Children’s Inn, a program of Children’s Home Society, has outgrown its current facility. In response to this major shortage of space, 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.
Funding Staff Recruitment and Development
The increased need for services offered by Children’s Home Society has created significant staffing challenges. In response, 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.
The donation to Children’s Home Society is one of several generous gifts provided by Sanford. The philanthropist is the owner of First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard, South Dakota companies that employ nearly 2,400 people. To date, he has donated nearly $1 billion to South Dakota organizations.
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Rick Weber, Development Director
Established in 1893, Children’s Home Society (CHS) is South Dakota’s oldest human services, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to empower children, adults, families, and communities to be resilient, safe, healthy, and strong.
CHS provides residential treatment and special education, emergency shelter, forensic interviews, foster care and adoption, and prevention services. In addition to serving victims of child abuse and domestic violence, CHS also partners with caring parents to help children with emotional or behavioral needs.
CHS is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.
If you would like more information about Children’s Home Society, visit its website at www.chssd.org.