Planned Gifts Ensure Long-Term Sustainability

Whether made during your lifetime or through an estate plan, your gift provides ongoing support to SDPB.  Planned gifts give you the opportunity to leave your mark on this vital resource. Whatever your stage in life, it is a good idea to think about and plan for how your affairs will be handled. A few simple steps can help ensure your loved ones are protected and that the charitable causes that mean the most to you are remembered.

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The Growing Power of Endowment

Whether made today or accounted for in your estate, your gift can have a legacy impact by growing our endowment funds. Gifts to our endowment can be made through any one of the following organizations:

  • Friends of SDPB Private Foundation
  • South Dakota Community Foundation
  • Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation
  • Black Hills Area Community Foundation
  • Watertown Area Community Foundation

The Friends of SDPB Board of Directors have determined that our endowment management objective is to provide a constant stream of revenue to help meet SDPB’s operational needs.

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Contact any of the staff below with questions.


The IRS recognizes Friends of SDPB as a Tax-Deductible, 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. 

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SDPB Legacy Society

SDPB’s Legacy Society is composed of generous and forward-thinking donors who support SDPB’s long-term success through a planned gift or an endowment gift given during their lifetime. 

Becoming a Legacy Society member ensures that we will remain South Dakota’s most trusted news and entertainment outlet for generations to come. To create a legacy, contact one of our helpful Friends staff members listed on the right.

Gifts of $5,000 or more designated to build our endowment or planned gifts of $5,000+ (for any purpose) are eligible to be a part of our Legacy Society. Legacy Society members are invited to an annual recognition event and are eligible for a personal Generations sculpture in recognition of your commitment to SDPB. 

At SDPB we bring you stories that inspire, and we’d love to hear yours! If you choose to include Friends of SDPB in your estate plans, or have not yet notified us that you have done so, please contact us so we may thank you and acknowledge your role in our SDPB Legacy Society.

“I am a long-time supporter of SDPB and hold it in high regard. It is a vital news and information source for South Dakota. My family supported SDPB’s endowment to ensure quality programs for generations of South Dakotans.” 

How to Leave Your Mark on this Vital Community Resource

A bequest to the Friends of SDPB will qualify your estate for a charitable deduction equal to the entire amount you bequeath.


A will or trust is the simplest way to distribute your estate and is an easy way to designate gifts. Name SDPB as a recipient of a specific gift amount or percentage of your estate.

Beneficiary Designation

Name SDPB the beneficiary (or partial beneficiary) of your IRA, life insurance policy, CDs, bank account or any account that allows a beneficiary.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A charitable remainder trust allows you to keep the cash flow from the property contributed to the trust, and upon your death(s), the property that remains is distributed to Friends of SDPB.

Charitable Lead Trust

A charitable lead trust allows Friends of SDPB to receive cash flow, usually for a limited term of years.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity allows you to make a gift to Friends of SDPB and receive fixed payments for life on a schedule of your choice.

Meet Our Team

Val Simpson
Donor Relations Director (West)

Wade Gemar
Donor Relations Director (East)

Ryan Howlett
CEO, Friends of SDPB

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