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Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation gets $50,000 grant, meets $200,000 goal

Tona Rozum, president of the Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation, talks with Doug Eidahl, a past president, at an event Friday at Vantage Point Solutions in Mitchell. At the event, the foundation was given a $50,000 grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation for meeting a $200,000 fundraising goal. (Chris Mueller/Republic)

The Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation received a $50,000 grant Friday for achieving its $200,000 fundraising goal. “It’s big,” said Doug Eidahl, a past president of the foundation’s board. “We’ve done a lot of work to raise the $200,000.” Tona Rozum, who took over for Eidahl as the foundation’s board president in January, said she was excited the foundation has finally reached its fundraising goal after working toward it for several years.

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“Finally, everything has taken hold,” Rozum said. “I think we’re one of the best kept secrets in Mitchell.”

The $50,000 was given to the foundation as a matching grant by the South Dakota Community Foundation, a public nonprofit organization started in 1987.

The Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation’s fundraising goal, set in 2008, was intended to increase the size of the foundation’s endowment, which will allow it to provide more funding to local organizations.

“With this more significant endowment, it gives us the earning power to do even more in the Mitchell community,” Eidahl said.

Since 2002, the foundation has given out more than $235,000 to more than 50 local organizations, such as the Abbott House, Junior Achievement of South Dakota, the Mitchell Area Safehouse, the Mitchell Community Scholarship Fund and Mitchell Special Olympics.

In 2013, $40,040 was distributed, the second-highest amount in the foundation’s history.

The foundation hopes to match or exceed that amount in the coming years, Eidahl said. “That’s a pretty significant addition for very worthy events in Mitchell,” he said.