The largest one-time gift in the nonprofit's 125-year history will support two initiatives: an expansion of the organization's Children's Inn shelter facilities, including a new T. Denny Sanford Shelter of Hope; and an endowment dedicated to the support, compensation, and retention of staff. Faced with growing demand for its services, CHS has struggled to recruit and develop qualified staff.
Sanford's previous support for CHS includes sponsorship of its annual fundraising event going back to 1995, a $2 million gift to launch the organization's first endowment challenge campaign in 1999, a $200,000 lead gift for a building project in Rapid City in 2002, and gifts of $14 million and $550,000 in 2005.
"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 CHS 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?'"
"The services provided by Children's Home Society are invaluable," said Sanford. "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."