About Us

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation is a private foundation described in Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Founder John T. Vucurevich was born in Yugoslavia in 1912 and at the age of eight immigrated to the United States, growing up in Lead, South Dakota. Over the years, John learned the value of hard work, telling the truth, the need for keeping sound spiritual values, and the importance of helping those persons less fortunate.

John was a successful banker for over 50 years, owning banks in Nebraska, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. He developed a reputation as an expert in the development of publicly traded bank holding companies and served on a number of gubernatorial advisory committees.

He also felt that community service was very important and served in both the South Dakota House of Representatives and Senate. He was an active supporter of higher education and was recognized by the University of South Dakota School of Business as the South Dakotan of the Year. Because of his support of higher education, John established several scholarship endowments throughout the state of South Dakota. He demonstrated a deep-seated concern for the future leadership of the United States and was interested in promoting young men and women as future leaders.

Rapid City and the Black Hills area were very important to him, and he remained active in the community throughout his life. His success allowed him to establish endowments for many organizations in the Rapid City community to help those less fortunate, as well as provide financial support throughout the area to many individuals and organizations.

John Vucurevich’s support and caring were genuine and often provided anonymously. Because of his successful ventures in the banking world, and tremendous support in community affairs, it enabled him to establish the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, in his name, “to make a piece of the world a brighter place.”