Growing a Culture of Giving
Our Vision: Transforming Lives Through a Culture of Giving
Our Mission: Enhancing Excellence by Cultivating Generosity and Treasuring the Loyalty of All We Serve
The South Dakota State University Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation’s efforts directly benefit the University by gathering support from many passionate private donors. This is the University’s largest private funding resource and directly impacts initiatives that grow and improve SDSU.
We’re proud of where we stand as an organization today. In 1946, the Foundation was brought to life in response to a request from Professor E.L. Erickson. As the inventor of a seed blower, he hoped to manufacture and sell throughout the nation.
In October that same year, the board hired Dr. Erickson for $300 a month to see the project through. Thus began the SDSU Foundation's commitment to supporting innovative ideas and initiatives at SDSU.
During the first official board meeting, the Foundation’s balance totaled $157.32. To the credit of our committed board and staff, along with the support of private donors, the Foundation has reached $190 million in assets. Funds raised over the years have benefited every student on campus through new facilities, classroom enhancements, faculty support, and thousands of scholarships. As our university continues to grow, so do the number of opportunities for our donors to become involved and make an impact.
How We Help SDSU
The Foundation’s ability to generate support from private donors has a direct impact on the success of South Dakota State University. Learn how we help SDSU.
How We Help Donors
Every individual and organization who gives to the Foundation is making a difference at SDSU. See how we help donors through stewardship, transparency and community.
Meet Our Team
Meet the team members who help connect donors with campus projects they feel passionate about and help them find ways to make a difference.
Council of Trustees
The SDSU Foundation is governed by a 110+ member Council of Trustees, which includes a 16 member Board of Governors. This group plays an integral part in the oversight of the operations of the SDSU Foundation.
Join the team that helps make SDSU possible. The Foundation is always looking for qualified applicants who are passionate about supporting higher education and our future leaders.
Contact us or plan a visit.
We’re always working on something new. Contact our team to learn more about the Foundation and our work. If you visit SDSU to get a close-up view of the progress, you can check out our building, too. We’re located right on campus.
815 Medary Ave., Box 525
Brookings, SD 57007
Toll-free: (888) 747-SDSU
Local: (605) 697-7475