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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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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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The Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors (Rapid City Circle of Friends)

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA-TV) - Marnie Herrmann and Bruce Long Fox are Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors. They report progress on the policing efforts regarding Native American concerns.

The Mniluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors (Rapid City Circle of Friends) is celebrating the completion of our Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant. Their journey has allowed them to "BEAM" - bridging, educating, modeling and advocating.

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John T. Vucurevich Foundation Receives International Award

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October 19, 2016

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation has been awarded the 2016 International Pioneer Award by the Grant Professionals Association.

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School of Mines lands $1.1M in grants to aid women engineers

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Rapid City Journal, Sept. 27, 2016 

Two grants totaling $1.1 million have been awarded to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to help attract, retain and graduate more female engineering students.

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First Step gets a little help from friends

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From Rapid City Journal

DEADWOOD | It all began with the idea that underprivileged children in the Northern Hills deserve a safe, affordable and educational place to stay while their parents eked out a living in low-paying service jobs primarily tied to the hospitality and gaming industries.

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NH Alliance for Children to open Ft. Meade First Step Child Care Center

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From Black Hills Pioneer

Posted: Friday, July 29, 2016 11:30 am

DEADWOOD — The Northern Hills Alliance for Children (NHAC) has two big announcements: One, the organization will open a new child care center called Ft. Meade First Step Child Care Center Monday in Sturgis; and two, earlier this summer, the John T. Vucurevich Foundation stepped up to pay off $500,000 in debt for the organization to boost and bolster its continued success, as well as the new endeavor.

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