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John T. Vucurevich Foundation President & CEO to Retire in 2019

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Rapid City, SD - The Board of Directors of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation announced today that President and CEO Sandy Diegel will retire in January 2019.

Founder and philanthropist John T. Vucurevich established the foundation in 1985. During Vucurevich's lifetime, It functioned as a small, part-time organization, making its first grant in 1989. After Vucurevich's death in 2005, the bulk of his estate passed to the foundation. With significant new assets and grantmaking capacity, the foundation hired Diegel, the former CEO of Behavior Management Systems, in February 2007.

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Smarter Grantmaking in Action: John T. Vucurevich Foundation

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How a collaborative funding approach helps the John T. Vucurevich Foundation be more proactive, strategic, outcomes focused and learning oriented.

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Program helps people escape poverty, one life at a time

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Brittney Papike believes the Uplifting Parents Program helped her escape a life of poverty.

Over the next five years, according to a news release from Catholic Social Services, the University of Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities wants to test if Papike, a Rapid City single mother of two, is right.

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Former UK leader Cameron to speak in October

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David Cameron, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who resigned from his position following the Brexit vote last July, will visit Rapid City on Oct. 9 as part of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation’s annual speaker series.


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Local charity gets $1M grant toward new Native American Head Start facility

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A Rapid City nonprofit will receive a $1 million grant toward the construction of a new Head Start facility for Native American children.

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United Way: Grade Level Reading aims to boost literacy

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Grade Level Reading by the numbers

  • 12,000 Rapid City youths and families served, either directly or indirectly.
  • Over 50 local partner organizations.
  • Over 175 active committee members.
  • Funded by a three-year $375,870 grant from the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.
  • Entering its third year.

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Late banking magnate Vucurevich recalled as a humble, giving man

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Dale Clement laughs while talking about the late Rapid City philanthropist John T. Vucurevich on Thursday morning during the Morning Fill Up series at The Garage meeting space.

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