Funds of the Foundation

Our Foundation Fundholders are local philanthropists who partner with the Foundation to be more strategic and impactful with their giving. These generous individuals, families, and local organizations enlist the Foundation’s expertise to make the most of their philanthropy.


Together, we create an impact that makes life better today and shapes a brighter future for the Watertown area.

Unrestricted Funds

To respond to the needs of the community.
  • Randy & Laurie Benson Fund
  • Dennis & Cindy Burrell Fund
  • Dale & Diane Christensen Fund
  • Liam & Amanda Culhane Fund
  • LeAllen & Julianne Endres Family Fund
  • Dave & Marlys Fie Family Fund
  • Glacial Lakes Rubber & Plastics Fund
  • Walter C. Parliament Fund
  • Nancy R. Petersen Memorial Fund
  • Mark D. & Barbara B. Pingrey Fund
  • Ethel A. Rau Fund
  • Clark & Mary Ann Redlinger Fund
  • Sophia Riddle Fund
  • John & Elizabeth Rislov Fund
  • Dr. John & Lorraine Rittmann Fund
  • Lee & Jan Schull Fund
  • Velma Vincent Fund
  • Oliver & Junice Wolden Fund

Donor Advised Funds

Donors recommend annual grant recipients.
  • Anonymous Fund XII
  • Greg Blow Fund
  • Jeff & Sherri Brindle Fund
  • Milt & Chris Carter Fund
  • County Fair Foods of Watertown Fund
  • Allen & Connie Fannin Family Fund
  • Ken & Wendy Fransen Family Fund
  • Giving Back 365 Fund
  • Cliff and Donna Herzog Family Fund
  • Bret & Elicia Holien Family Fund
  • Ried & Tonya Holien Family Fund
  • Father Jerome Holtzman Community Fund
  • John & Cynthia Hopper Charitable Fund
  • John McGruder Legacy Fund
  • Christopher (Chris) Rieb Fund
  • Mark & Ronda Roby Fund
  • Cathryn J. Saylor Family Fund
  • Schmidt-Poe Family Fund
  • Doug & Lynn Sharp Charitable Fund
  • Sons of Veterans Fund
  • The Joy Fund
  • Oviatt Titze Family Fund
  • Dr. Michael & Kim Vener Fund
  • Anthony J. Vitek Fund
  • Robert & Deborah Walrath Fund
  • Darwin K. & Fern B. Williams Fund
  • Judy Lynn Wright Memorial Fund

Field of Interest Funds

Focused on areas important to the donors.
  • Florence Bruhn Fund – supporting the promotion of dramatic and visual arts in Watertown.
  • David & Jan DeBerg Fund – supporting quality of life for area women and children. 
  • Bernice Kuester Fund – supporting youth, sports, activities, and community projects.
  • Dr. Edwin W. Harper Fund – supporting public music programs by band and orchestra; and tree planting in public areas.
  • Ervin & Sybil Schafer Fund – supporting local historical activities.
  • ShopO Watertown Women’s Empowerment Fund – supporting scholarships and training for women entrepreneurs.
  • Dale & Jan Valberg Fund – assisting with child welfare in the Watertown area.
  • Ralph & Joanne Wamsher Fund – designated for education.
  • Kenneth B. & Myrtle F. (Mickey) Way Fund – designated distributions to the Watertown Community Concert Association and Town Players and the arts, education, and human services.
  • Women & Giving Fund – designated to support organizations serving Watertown area women and children and also for scholarships for non-traditional female students.

Legacy Funds

Established as future funds.
  • Anonymous Fund X
  • Chris Berger Fund 
  • Dan Christensen Fund
  • Scott & Jodi Driscoll Fund 
  • Dean & Ardyce Gackstetter Fund – supporting future scholarships.
  • Brad & Carol Johnson Fund 
  • Dave & Jan Johnson Fund 
  • Ronald & Cathy Jutting Fund 
  • Victoria Kingslien Fund – to help women in rural areas with an emphasis on farming and education
  • Larkin Family Fund – supporting cultural, charitable purposes with a special focus on South Dakota Symphony performances in Watertown
  • Joy & Dan Miller Fund – A designated distribution to Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program in South Dakota and also supporting the following fields of interest: local programs for women, youth, and animals.
  • Brian & Gayle Robertson Fund – unrestricted
  • James K. & Sandra K. Stoudt Family Fund – unrestricted
  • Nancy Turbak Berry Fund
  • Russ & Charlene Wilkins Family Fund – unrestricted, but the principal field of interest is for conservation projects of a permanent nature, or permanent projects being done by the local Isaack Walton League.
  • Bill & Cathy Zubke Fund – to provide an annual match to the Watertown Area Retired School Personnel Scholarship Fund and other annual distributions to PACH, Glacial Lakes Humane Society, Hospice at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, Jenkins Living Center, and PEO Chapter CE.

Donor Designated Funds

To support the donors' chosen charities.
  • Ruth Alberts Animal Care Fund – grants awarded for the care and feeding of the animals at Bramble Park Zoo.
  • Anonymous Donor Fund I – supporting the Watertown Area United Way.
  • Anonymous Donor Fund II – supporting scholarships at South Dakota State University and the community’s most pressing needs.
  • Anonymous Donor Fund III – the fund will support designated non-profit organizations in the area.
  • Anonymous Donor Fund V – supporting the Watertown Area Community Foundation, Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, Human Service Agency, Mother of God Priory, Lake Area Zoological Society, and Jenkins Living Center, Inc.
  • Dorothy & Ruby Antritter Fund – supporting the Watertown Area Community Foundation, Human Service Agency Foundation, Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation, and First Congregational Church of Watertown.
  • Jack & Maisie Barrick Fund – supporting the Watertown Area Community Foundation, Watertown Zoological Society, Human Service Agency Foundation, Lake Area Technical College Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Watertown, and Jenkins Living Center, Inc.
  • B. Lorraine Case “Once Upon a Time” Fund – supporting educational events and children’s programming at the Watertown Regional Library.
  • Chief Jo’s HHH Fund – to provide hope and healing for children of sexual abuse through an equine experience at Joy Ranch of South Dakota.
  • Codington County 4-H Fund – supporting 4-H in Codington County.
  • Hagen Family Fund in memory of Barbara Hagen & Kevin Anderson – supporting Beacon Center, Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Watertown Region.
  • Herb & Betty Hanten Family Fund – supporting Town Players, Boys & Girls Club of Watertown, Community Transit of Watertown/Sisseton, Inc., and the Beacon Center.
  • Violet Hayes Memorial Fund – supporting the Salvation Army’s general operating fund.
  • Irving & Eula Hinderaker Fund – supporting quality of life in the Watertown area.
  • Lauretta Hoff Donor Fund – supporting projects of the Zoological Society.
  • Merlin & Sharon Jeitz Fund – supporting designated charities in the community.
  • Robert Jenson & Arlene Brandt-Jenson Fund – supporting South Dakota Public Broadcasting.
  • LCH, Inc. DBA Quality Inn & Suites Fund – to support the Friends of the Goss Foundation.
  • Louise I. Lauer Fund – supporting animals, wildlife, and their habitat.
  • William & Sharon Malcom Fund – to support the local charitable activities of the Human Service Agency, Joy Ranch, the Salvation Army, and the Watertown Area Community Foundation.
  • Vera Way Marghab Fund – designated distributions to the Watertown Community Concert Association as well as field of interest recommendations in the areas of education, the arts, and Watertown beautification and historical preservation.
  • Raymond B. McRoden & Marie McRoden Memorial Fund – supporting local youth.
  • Joy C. Nelson Fund – supporting Joy Ranch of South Dakota.
  • Nellie Marie Newcomb Fund – supporting the Watertown Area Community Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Watertown, as well as a scholarship in memory of Treva Ginther.
  • Harley & Marilyn Petersen Fund – supporting Codington County Historical Society and Watertown Park & Rec Department specifically for the bike trail and skate park.
  • Lew & Patricia Raderschadt Fund – to annually support local nonprofits.
  • Donus & Lovila Roberts ABC Book Club Fund – supporting reading programs in the Watertown School District.
  • Watertown Youth Soccer Association Fund – supporting charitable activities of the Watertown Youth Soccer Association.

Nonprofit Endowment Fund

Nonprofit organizations partner with the Foundation to solidify organizational stability long into the future.
  • Arrow Education Foundation Fund
  • Beacon Center Fund
  • Boys & Girls Club of Watertown Fund
  • Castlewood Historical Society/Gaylord Hoftiezer Fund
  • Codington County Historical Society Fund
  • Codington County Search & Rescue Fund
  • Divine Providence of SD Fund
  • Foundation Plaza Fund
  • Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting Fund
  • Friends of the Goss Opera House, Inc. Fund
  • Glacial Lakes Humane Society Fund
  • Joy Ranch of South Dakota Fund
  • Kiwanis Club of Watertown Fund
  • Lake Area Zoological Society Fund
  • Mellette Memorial Association Fund

  • Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation Fund
  • Sea of Goodwill Fund
  • Town Players Endowment Fund
  • Watertown Area Disaster Relief Fund
  • Watertown Area Special Olympics Fund
  • Watertown Area United Way Fund
  • Watertown Artwalk Fund
  • Watertown Community Projects Fund
  • Watertown Hockey Association Fund
  • Watertown Police Department Fund
  • Watertown Regional Library Fund
  • Watertown Relief Fund
  • Watertown Senior Citizens Fund
  • Watertown Trail Fund

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