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Partnership aims to address affordable housing shortage in Rapid City

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A Minnesota nonprofit provider will join forces with the Rapid City Collective Impact initiative to address a chronic shortage of affordable housing in Rapid City.

According to a news release, the partnership came about after CommonBond Communities of St. Paul initiated a feasibility study in late 2018 focusing on housing needs in the area.

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Foundation awards $350,000 for foster homes, apartments in Black Hills

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The John T. Vucurevich Foundation has pledged a $350,000 grant to Abbott House to build two therapeutic foster homes and independent living apartments for youth in foster care and young adults aging out of foster care.

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Reading program finds success with youth

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It starts with the babies.

Black Hills Reads, a program under the umbrella of the United Way and funded through the John T. Vucurevich Foundation, is midway through a six-year, community-wide campaign to improve grade-level proficiency.

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Alan Solano selected as President & CEO of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation

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The Board of Directors of the John T. Vucurevich Foundation is pleased to announce Alan Solano has been selected as President & CEO to replace current executive, Sandy Diegel, upon her impending retirement in early 2019. According to Steven Zellmer, Chairman of the Board, “The Foundation Board selected Alan Solano because of his strong management experience, leadership skills and knowledge of and commitment to the Black Hills community. We look forward to working with Alan to fulfill John Vucurevich’s vision of making a piece of the world a brighter place. We thank Sandy Diegel for her leadership over the past 11 years and welcome her as a member of the Foundation Board of Directors.”

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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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