Over the course of the year, these organizations have become critical to the success of the community conversation.  We are excited to continue our efforts to create a community that shares our values with such amazing institutional partners. 


Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies.

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Dale Claude Lamphere’s dynamic sculpture explores a broad range of materials and subjects from monumental landscapes, to human forms, to abstract. His body of work includes both contemporary sculpture and classic figurative works. After 45 years as a professional sculptor, Lamphere still finds natural forms an enduring inspiration that evoke in him a distilled and elegant response. The common thread that runs through his work is the lyric gesture and full volume that he sees in his mountain and prairie environment. 

Barbara Schneider Foundation is busy working with its partners in law enforcement, courts, corrections, mental health, social service and health care systems to improve the response to those in mental health crisis and to prevent mental health crises. The Foundation formed in response to the death of Barbara Schneider on June 12, 2000, when she was shot by police during a confrontation in a mental health crisis call.

Founded in 1988, Common Counsel Foundation partners with families and individual donors to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements. Through our strategic philanthropic services, we prioritize support for community-based organizations building the leadership of low-income people, women, youth, people of color and others working for justice, equityFounded in 1988, Common Counsel Foundation partners with families and individual donors to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements. Through our strategic philanthropic services, we prioritize support for community-based organizations building the leadership of low-income people, women, youth, people of color and others working for justice, equity, and a healthy, sustainable environment., and a healthy, sustainable environment.

Native Voices Rising, a grant-making collaborative led by Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy, is designed to support organizing, advocacy and civic engagement in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. NVR provides general operating support grants that are intended to strengthen Native-led organizations that are improving the lives of their community members in the United States. Eligible organizations are rooted in a Native community, led by Native people, hold a vision for change that improves the lives of Native community members, engage the community to take action together and/or seek to affect the policies and rules that govern the community.

Western South Dakota Community Action Agency (WSDCAA) was incorporated in 1965 as 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for the purpose of conducting the Federal Office of Economic Opportunity’s War on Poverty in Rapid City, SD. The agency soon expanded to serve all of Pennington County, and since then has incorporated an additional 14 counties, including Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins and Ziebach, all in the western half of the state, into its service area. Members of the low-income, government and civic sectors from each of these counties are represented on the Agency Board of Directors. In addition, staff collaborate with the Oglala Sioux Tribe, which provides community-based services to persons in Shannon County.

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Democracy in Action is a grassroots movement of women working to bring about progressive change in South Dakota. We are committed to informing and energizing voters and to creating a climate where progressive candidates are elected.