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MHS graduate named SDHSF development director

PIERRE -- Kimberly (Howell) Haiar, a Mitchell High School graduate, has been named development director for the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation.

PIERRE - Kimberly (Howell) Haiar, a Mitchell High School graduate, has been named development director for the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation.

She will be the primary fundraiser for the foundation, which is the nonprofit fundraising partner of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre.

Haiar will be based in Sioux Falls and will be working throughout South Dakota to support events and to obtain funding that will benefit the State Historical Society. That includes annual giving, major giving and planned giving efforts.

"Kimberly brings a wealth of experience in fundraising to this newly created position," said Michael Lewis, foundation president.

"Although the South Dakota State Historical Society is a state agency, state funding does not provide sufficient funds for all the projects that the State Historical Society would like to undertake. The foundation raises money for these projects, such as obtaining grants to place photographs from the State Archives on the South Dakota Digital Archives, thus enabling people to search images online."

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Haiar's previous position was enterprise director of annual giving for Sanford Health Foundation in Sioux Falls. As such, she oversaw all annual giving events, campaigns and staff for Sanford Health. During her nearly 10 years at Sanford, she was instrumental in growing the Children's Miracle Network initiatives. The Sioux Falls Children's Miracle Network was named the top small market fundraiser in North America for the past seven years.

Haiar and her family lived in White River for five years when her mother taught school there. She is a 1988 Mitchell High School graduate and has lived in Sioux Falls for 23 years.

Her husband, Jim Haiar, also a 1988 MHS graduate, is a captain with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. They are the parents of two adult sons: Eric and Dan.

Haiar may be contacted at (605) 366-4873 or at kimberly.haiar@state.sd.us .

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