The SD Youth Foundation, Inc. was formed in September 2015 by a group of community leaders and volunteers searching for ways to better meeting the needs of SD youth in communities across the state. Their goal: act as a catalyst to bring youth organization together to work for community solutions. And it is working! Together, as partners, we secure resources and collaborate on programming to:
- help young people develop skills for healthier lifestyles.
- promote character education as a way of life in schools and communities.
- interest older youth in teaching as a professional career.
Who We Are – Staff
The SD Youth Foundation, Inc. is supported day to day by a seasoned staff with over 70 years of nonprofit fundraising experience.
Nancy Swanson, CFRE, is the Executive Director of the SD Youth Foundation. She has 40+ years of experience in the non-profit sector, including 33 years in fundraising. She obtained her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation in 1993 from her professional group, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and has met the requirements to keep that designation for 18 years. She is Past President of the South Dakota state chapter of AFP, served on its board of directors for eight years, and has chaired numerous national fund raising initiatives for AFP. She is a regional and national presenter at AFP conferences.
Director of Annual Giving
LaNell Quam is the Director of Annual Giving for the SD Youth Foundation, Inc. She has 30+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including 16 years in fundraising. She has taken numerous fundraising workshop for Annual Fund and has also completed an Annual Fund course at the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Indianapolis. She brings experience in phonathons, special events and direct mail.
Healthy Living Youth Coordinator
Jean Clarke was a classroom teacher and FCCLA adviser for 38 years and currently teaches online courses in Human Development for the DIAL Consortium Virtual School. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Family & Consumer Sciences Education from SDSU and a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Black Hills State. Jean is the current chairperson for SD FCCLA Board of Directors and is a also a Leadership Team adviser for SD FCCLA. She has been involved with youth across the state in both a teaching, mentoring and advising role in many programs in SD throughout the last 40 years of her career as a teacher and adviser.
Who We Are – Board of Directors
The South Dakota Youth Foundation, Inc. is governed by a board of directors with decades of previous board experience in youth development and fund raising.
Nick Fosheim (President)
Minnehaha & Lincoln County Economic Development Association
Jesse Abernathy (Treasurer)
Crow Creek Agency Child Welfare Specialist
Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs
South Dakota State University Faculty Emeritus and State FCCLA Advisor
Retired Sioux Falls School District Administrator