Leadership RC Class of 2019 launches 'Rapid City 100' August 24, 2021
(RAPID CITY, SD) — The Leadership Rapid City Class of 2019 has developed a class project aimed at providing a simple way for community members to support nonprofits in Rapid City.
The program, called Rapid City 100, is hosted by the Black Hills Area Community Foundation. It was developed under the giving circle model, which brings together a group of community-minded individuals to collectively pool their money and vote on the nonprofit they would like to support.
The application for nonprofits can be found at bhacf.org and will open on Sept. 1, 2021, and closes on Sept. 30, 2021, at 5 p.m.
The community is invited to attend the event at 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2021, at the Rushmore Hotel & Suites in Rapid City. Three nonprofits selected to participate in the event will give a short presentation on their organization before voting begins. All three organizations will receive funding, with the winner of the most votes receiving the largest amount. Attendees will pay $100 per vote for the nonprofit of their choice. There is no limit on the number of votes a person can purchase. The event is open to any member of the public.
Michele Loobey-Gertsch, Development Officer at Monument Health Foundation, is a member of Leadership Rapid City Class of 2019. She said, “We feel this event will have a positive impact on those who live here and will help build futures for those who call Rapid City home.” Loobey-Gertsch has helped create Rapid City 100 and hopes businesses that have sponsored Leadership Rapid City class members in the past will attend the event and help the grant pool grow.
Giving circles like Rapid City 100 strive to create a community of givers who believe in supporting nonprofits that impact the region for good. “Working together, we can create a sustainable and meaningful contribution to Rapid City for generations through Rapid City 100,” Loobey-Gertsch said.
Black Hills Area Community Foundation currently runs the Black Hills by Choice and the Southern Hills by Choice giving circles. Since their inception, Black Hills by Choice has awarded more than $200,000 in grants and Southern Hills by Choice has awarded $70,500 to local nonprofits.
Chris Huber, Donor Relations Manager at Black Hills Area Community Foundation said, “The wonderful thing about these giving circles is they create a community of giving. It demonstrates the tremendously beneficial effect philanthropy can have when like-minded people join together for good.”