We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with newsletters, resources and other leadership development materials. Check back often and help us spread the word by sharing these articles with your friends on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter!

Dakota Resources receives grant from SD Community Foundation

Blog, News & Events on October 13th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources receives grant from SD Community Foundation

Sioux Falls Nonprofits Celebrate Grant Awards
Posted on October 13, 2017 at https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/news

Ten Sioux Falls area nonprofits were recent recipients of Community Innovation Grants (CIG) and South Dakota Fund (SDF) grants awarded through the South Dakota Community Foundation. The  grant awards total $79,000.

The SDCF offers Community Innovation Grants through their partnership with the Bush Foundation. The South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) received forty-three applications for its second round of 2017 Community Innovation Grants. Fourteen nonprofits were selected to receive awards.  Six of those were either from the Sioux Falls area or offering services in Sioux Falls.

“The SDCF is pleased to partner with these Southeast area nonprofits as they work to address community needs,” says Ginger Niemann, SDCF program officer. “We look forward to working with them as they meet the challenges they identified.”

The six Sioux Falls area nonprofits receiving Community Innovation Grants … Read More »


Dakota Resources honors rural entrepreneurs, leaders and communities

Blog, News & Events on October 11th. Comments Off on Dakota Resources honors rural entrepreneurs, leaders and communities

Seventy-five rural economic development leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers convened in Watertown on October 5-7 to learn, connect and to celebrate the vitality of South Dakota’s small communities. The “Empower Sessions” event was hosted by Dakota Resources, an organization dedicated to empowering people and enriching communities across rural South Dakota.

In addition to breakout sessions, a panel discussion and motivating keynote speakers, the Empower Sessions included a gathering for Dakota Rising fellows, alumni and finalists competing for the next class of Dakota Rising fellowships. Dakota Rising is a two-year entrepreneur development program that helps rural business owners discover new ways to grow their businesses, themselves and their communities.

The Dakota Rising finalists were one of the highlights on Saturday night during the Dakota Resources Gala. The finalists came from a field of 104 entries.

“We had a flood of applicants for this year’s Dakota … Read More »


If they want to lead, empower them to lead

Blog, News & Events on October 3rd. Comments Off on If they want to lead, empower them to lead

Leaders are the essence of small towns and rural communities. The success or failure of any housing, community or economic development efforts in the places we call home often rests upon the level of engagement and investment of local citizen leaders. Yet, in so many communities I work in across South Dakota there is an invisible divide holding back the development of a strong leadership base. I hear experienced leaders saying, “Young people just don’t want to be involved in the community!”  and I hear emerging leaders saying, “The people in charge won’t let us try anything new!”

So, I am asking you, “How can we empower more people to lead in our rural communities?

To begin searching for a solution to this question, I want to help you understand two community leadership systems that exist:

Most community leadership systems currently operate in … Read More »



Updates @ Dakota Resources

We grant permission to any development organization to repost and/or reuse any article contained in our blog for educational and marketing purposes.

 

Dakota Resources Honors De Smet Leader with Mentorship Award
Rita Anderson, Executive Director of the De Smet Economic Development Corporation, was recently honored with the Economic Development Professional Mentor Award by Dakota Resources....
Kurtenbach Honored by Dakota Resources for Mentorship Contributions
Dr. Aelred J. Kurtenbach, one of South Dakota’s most distinguished entrepreneurs was honored during a rural community and economic development celebration on October 19.
Dakota Resources Honors 2019 Dakota Rising Fellows
Twenty-one rural South Dakota entrepreneurs recently graduated from the Dakota Rising Fellowship program and were honored at the Empower Sessions Gala on October 19...
WordPress Image Lightbox Plugin