Breaking the Cycle of Violence

Charitable Foundation


Every 15 seconds, a woman experiences domestic violence. Many of these occurrences lead to hospital visits, emotional challenges, financial difficulty, and even death. In order to break the cycle of violence that exists for many in our community, Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center has announced a campaign to create a $1 Million endowment fund.

“We believe in providing a safe, comfortable setting for individuals in the Capital Area who have experienced domestic violence,” said Kami Marts, executive director of Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center. “In order to reach our goals, and best serve area residents, sustainable funding sources will be required.”

Because grant funding can be unpredictable and restricted at times, the board of directors has established a permanent endowment fund with the South Dakota Community Foundation. This fund will provide a stable source of annual funding that may be used where it is needed most.

“We are proud to partner with Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center to help them create sustainable assets for their very important work,” said Stephanie Judson, president of the South Dakota Community Foundation.

Over 800 individuals are served by Missouri Shores each year. Services provided include housing assistance, emergency financial services, a crisis hotline, in-person counseling, legal advocacy, and criminal justice support, among others. They also work hard to build awareness within the community of domestic violence, sexual assault, and bullying.

“Domestic violence, in any form, is unacceptable,” continued Marts. “We need the community… we need you, to help us break the cycle of violence for our residents. Thank you for your support!”

Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center was established in 1979 to protect and serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. To find out more about Missouri Shores, or to give to this very important campaign, please visit

Since 1987, the South Dakota Community Foundation has helped people reach their philanthropic goals and strengthened communities across the state. The SDCF administers approximately $230 million in total assets for over 750 funds. By commingling endowed assets, the SDCF gives its partners enhanced investment opportunities that provide long-term support to charitable causes. For more information about the endowed funds and community programs offered by the SDCF, visit

Steps to be Taken  
  1. Determine amount of gift.
  2. Decide when gift should be made.
  3. Choose property for tax-effective gift.
  4. Minimize impact of gift on self and heirs.
  5. Consult your attorney or tax advisor before completing gift.
  6. Don’t wait—Procrastination is the Thief of Time (and taxes!)
Gift Giving 

Gifting provides many rewards to the donor's). These rewards include peace of mind, knowledge of the perpetuity of the gift and the preservation of the services provided by the agency, tax advantages, and the comfort of sharing prosperity. Gifting to this foundation will allow donors to access these rewards and provide for a permanent endowment fund for Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center.

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If you would like to make a commitment to the Missouri Shores Charitable Foundation, we would encourage you to print a Commitment Card and mail to:

Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center
PO Box 398
Pierre, SD 57501

Crisis Line: (605) 224.7187
Toll Free: 1.800.696.7187
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