Eureka Area Community Foundation

Our Mission

The Eureka Area Community Foundation was created as a non-profit tax exempt organization associated with the South Dakota Community Foundation to serve as a vehicle to create a community savings account to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of our community and to instill the pioneering spirit and perseverance of our founders so as to perpetuate the city of Eureka.


The Foundation's mission is to create a means to invest the legacy from our present and past to build a bridge to the future.

Funds

Banner Settlement Fun - $100,575.44

The proceeds of these funds may only be used for elderly and health care issues.

Undesignated Fund - $33,189.49

The proceeds of these funds may be used for any purpose that fits the foundations grant guidelines


History

During the summer of 2003 Bonnie Serr and Wanda Jundt met with Bob Sutton of the South Dakota Community Foundation while at a leadership conference in Chamberlain. Bob was new on the job and was one of the contacts available for community development and improvement.

In January 2004 he called Jundt and asked if Eureka would be interested in establishing a community foundation.

On January 26 he met in the ECDC office with Wanda Jundt, David Roggenkamp, Sherlock Hirning, Pastor Dale Clark, Mayor Ron Cooper and Joe Baisley. That same group met once more to discuss the possibility and decided that more community input was needed.

A meeting was set for February 18 at the Information Center. Notices were put on the radio and in the newspaper and invitations were sent to about 30 people. Bob Sutton from the South Dakota Community Foundation and Beth Davis from SD Rural Enterprise, Inc. were on hand to present options to about 10 community members. Following the meeting Wanda Jundt, Dr. James Anderson, Joe Baisley, Pastor Dale Clark, Greg Schock and Craig Rau stayed for discussion. It was decided that a community foundation should be established.

A meeting was held on February 26, 2004 and it was decided to ask 4 additional people to be a part of the board (Jundt was representing ECDC at the meetings, but did not wish to be a member of the official board). Those people were Milbert Schick, Peter Mehlhaff, Kathy Gab and Carolyn Oster.

This group created the Eureka Area Community Foundation to benefit non-profit and charitable organizations and causes in the Eureka area. The foundation is a legal entity that represents permanently endowed funds within the South Dakota Community Foundation.

In September 2004 the city of Eureka was informed of a legal settlement by the South Dakota Attorney Generals office concerning the sale of the Eureka nursing home by Banner Health Systems the proceeds from this settlement needed to be permanently invested and the proceeds from these funds were to be used only for health care and elderly related issues. The city decided that the funds ($100,000.00) should be turned over to the Eureka Area Community Foundation for their management. These funds are called the Banner Settlement Fund.

At the same time the South Dakota Community Foundation gave the Eureka Area Community Foundation a $25,000.00 grant to begin their undesignated fund. The proceeds from these funds may be used for any project that fits the grant guide lines established by the board of directors.

In May 2008 the first disbursements from the fund were made. The board has distributed grants from the proceeds of the funds each year there after.

Your Contribution

If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the Eureka Area Community Foundation you can print the link and mail it to the address below or you can contact any of the directors for further information.

Want to Make a Contribution?

Eureka Area Community Foundation

PO Box 134

Eureka SD 57437

To make an online contribution click on the South Dakota Community Foundation Link above. Then, click on the Donate Now button. Click on the drop down menu under Select a Community Savings Account, choose Eureka Community Foundation. Next, click on Donate to a selected Savings Account and fill out the required information. After filling in all the information, click once on the contribute tab at the bottom. A new screen will pop up with a confirmation number for you to print out for your records. A receipt will be sent to you for tax purposes.

Personal Contributions

  • Joseph and Bonnie Baisley
  • Dr. James and Joan Anderson
  • Claudia Merthan
  • Steven Jorgenson
  • Peter and Paddy Mehlhaff Foundation
  • Craig and Connie Rau


Memorials

  • Daniel L. And MRG Simon in Memory of Reinhold Schumacher
  • Daniel L. & MRG Simon in memory of Evangeline Schumacher
  • Family and Friends in memory of Howard Mettler

Grant Recipients

2012

Eureka Public School's walking program

Abby Ottenbacher for the emergency storm shelter at the city park.

Other recipients in 2012 include:

  • Eureka Pioneer Museum to replace their water heater
  • Eureka Community Development Company (free copy service for community organizations)

2011

Eureka Community Health Service OT Department for a traction table

Eureka Theatrical Company (Arts for the Eureka Public School Elementary)

Other recipients in 2011 include:

  • Abby Ottenbacher for a shelter by handicap dock at the Lake
  • Eureka Public School for the Walking Program


2010

Eureka Senior Center for a remodeling project

Avera Eureka Health Care Center for a Chapel Fund

Eureka Pioneer Museum for Pea Rock Flooring for Machine Shed Display Area

Jayden Streifel's Eagle Scout Project for enclosed Shelving for Fragile Handcrafted Items at the Museum

Other recipients in 2010 include:

  • Eureka Ambulance Service for a portable vitals monitor

2009

Nick Oster's Eagle Scout Project: Softball Field Improvements

Other recipients in 2009 include:

  • Schmeckfest Committee (Tables and Chairs for Community Events)
  • Eureka Community Development Company (Alumni Mailing)

2008

Eureka Community Hospital OT Department Interactive Metronome Equipment

Other recipients in 2009 include:

  • Eureka Public School's Healthy Lifestyles Walking Program
  • Eureka Cat Ladies: Wild Cat Spay/Neuter Program

Board of directors

President - Greg Grenz

Vice President - Don Kallenberger

Secretary/Treasurer - Susan Lutz

Cliff Berreth

Karen Mettler

Barry Lapp

Dennis Heupel