WACF announces Giving Back 365 grant recipients

December 28, 2022

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The Watertown Area Community Foundation Giving Back 365 program continues to make a difference. Giving Back 365 members’ votes have been counted and nearly $34,000 in grants has been awarded as a result of the 2022 Giving Back 365 effort.


Grants awarded include:

4 The Kids, SD, $2,500 in healthy snacks for K-12 Watertown School District classrooms.
Boys & Girls Club of Watertown, $2,000 for an air hockey table.
Brothers & Sisters Behind Bars, $2,500 for a security deposit and key code door lock system to be used at a Men’s Transitional Home.
Community Transit of Watertown/Sisseton, Inc., $2,500 to offer free rides in 2023 for clients of Brothers & Sisters Behind Bars.
Goss Opera House, $2,500 for new Passport to the Arts program for kids.
Habitat for Humanity, $700 for a new laptop and software.
Joy Ranch of SD, $1,614.50 for fans to be installed in the indoor arena.
Lake Area Zoological Society, $1,882 to support the Wildlife Warrior program.
Lincoln Elementary PTO, $736 to distribute hygiene bags to all fourth-grade girls in Watertown.
Watertown Area PACH, $2,500 for approximately nine weeks of fruit for bags.
Watertown Area Snow Queen, $1,000 to support a program on self-confidence building, healthy relationships, exercise and friendships.
Watertown Area United Way, $1,262 to support a billboard for the 2023 campaign.
Watertown Artwalk, $1,750 for liability and property insurance.
Watertown Christian School, $2,500 for exercise equipment to be used by students.
Watertown Fire Rescue, $2,500 to supplement up to three automated external defibrillators to be used in our community.
Watertown Hockey Association, $2,500 to support the purchase of new jerseys for Mites, Squirts and Girls U14 levels.
Watertown Regional Library, $2,500 to support updates to the children’s play area.

“Thanks to all Giving Back 365 donors for their support and input, said Jan DeBerg, WACF executive director.”

“Due to its growth, the Giving Back 365 program has been making a bigger impact every year. It’s hard to believe, but a simple $1 a day can accomplish so much. These dollars mean a lot to the organizations that receive the grants and the individuals they serve.”

The program, which encourages donors to give $365 each year, will begin its membership campaign shortly after the first of the year.

Members’ dollars are split with half of their gift designated for the Giving Back 365 Endowment Fund and the other half pooled with other donors’ gifts for immediate grantmaking at the end of the year.

For more information about Giving Back 365, contact WACF at 605-882-3731, 211 E. Kemp, or go to: www.watertowncommunityfoundation.org.