ABOUT US

Brookings Area United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every resident in Brookings County.

OUR MISSION

Brookings Area United Way:
Uniting people, sharing resources, inspiring hope and enriching lives for a stronger Brookings County.

OUR VISION

Brookings Area United Way:
A community where all children and families live in a safe and nurturing environment with the same opportunities for success.

We believe in being the best we can be

Every dollar is crucial to the work being done and we believe that our donors should know how they are impacting the community. For transparency with our supporters, we maintain a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar and the Membership Requirements Certification from United Way Worldwide. 

Our most current 990 can be found on GuideStar.

Certifications

HISTORY

In 1955, a small group of area businessmen started the Brookings United Charities Fund. Familiar Brookings names like, Fishback, Kendall, Sexauer, Dalthorp, Blauert, McCann, and Chapman aspired to receive gifts and administer them for charitable, educational, civic and philanthropic uses. Along the way the name has changed to Brookings United Fund and now serves as the Brookings Area United Way. Although the board members and dollar amounts raised have changed through the years, the purpose stays the same:

BROOKINGS AREA UNITED WAY: UNITING PEOPLE, SHARING RESOURCES, INSPIRING HOPE, AND ENRICHING LIVES FOR A STRONGER BROOKINGS COUNTY.

The Brookings Area United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability for every person in every community. We look for every dollar available to distribute to local nonprofits that are creating innovative solutions to common problems that plague our community. But we are more than fundraisers--we are facilitators and connectors. We connect, assist in funding, and help promote nonprofits and their accomplishments. When another nonprofit is connected to United Way, they receive much more than funding. They are able to access help in strategy, facilitating conversations, marketing, and much more. United Way promotes discussion of issues that have been overlooked for too long.

Donations to the Brookings Area United Way are distributed exclusively to Brookings Area United Way Partner Agencies selected by our board of directors. Our local leaders agree that Brookings Area United Way shall not fund agencies or requests that could be detrimental to the community as a whole due to their controversial nature. It is essential that local groups and individuals recognize that United Way funds are designed to focus on advancing the common good and not to promote political issues including, but not limited to, the pro-life/pro-choice debate. The Brookings Area United Way organization is committed to meeting the needs of the communities it serves. As an organization, we recognize and value the diversity of all individuals without regard to race, religion, color, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical challenge, and age. We allow zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment.

OUR TEAM

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Heidi Gullickson

Executive Director

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Brianna Doran

Director of Communication & Impact

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Anne Funderburg

Administrative Assistant

 

2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Jennifer Olson - President

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Spencer Degen - Vice President

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Kendra Jensen - Treasurer

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Katrina Jenkins - Secretary

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Anita Thomas - Past President

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Dr. Erin Krogman

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Sean Binker

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Lewayne Erickson

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Chief Dave Erickson

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Kyle Bender

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David Chalmers

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Dan Svobodny

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Kas Williams

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Ryan Johnson

CONTACT US

605 - 692 - 4979
619 5th Ave, Brookings, SD 57006

uw@brookingsunitedway.org
EIN: 23-7151498

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