Building Resiliency

For Today and Tomorrow

In 2021, Brookings was named the first Resilient Community in South Dakota. Resiliency means building protective factors and supports to ensure that everyone has opportunities for success. Whether it's helping a family rebuild after a house fire, or a community revive after a pandemic, Brookings Area United Way is there. We fund solutions, build protective factors, and bring the community together to tell their stories. Together, we create our United Story.

Heidi Gullickson

Heidi Gullickson, Executive Director

We're All In This Together

Solutions are funded by the community, for the benefit of the community. We form strong partnerships to create lasting change.

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Board of Directors

President: Jen Olson, BankStar

President-Elect: Spencer Degen, Daktronics

Secretary: David Chalmers, Community Member

Treasurer: Kendra Jensen, First Bank & Trust

Past President: Anita Thomas, Best Choice Real Estate

Kyle Bender, Falcon Plastics

Sean Binker, Northwestern Mutual

Chief Dave Erickson, Brookings Police Department

Lewayne Erickson, Community Member

Laura Gerjets, Brookings School System

Katrina Jenkins, WEX

Ryan Johnson, Larson Manufacturing

Dr. Erin Krogman, Brookings Dental Clinic

Dillon Ringling, Schadé Vineyard and Winery

Dan Svobodny, 3M


Executive Director: Heidi Gullickson

Director of Communications & Impact: Brianna Doran

Administration Assistant: Anne Funderburg

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Thank You To Our Supporters

The Brookings Area United Way is a 501(c)(3) that empowers nonprofits, strengthens communities, and works to build a better quality of life. Through annual fundraising, trainings, and resources, United Way helps fund local nonprofits to fight for Brookings County. Full audited financial statements can be found at

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There's Still Work Ahead...

This year’s Brookings Area United Way campaign reminded our community that while we all have faced adversity in our lives, we also have the opportunity of resiliency; to be stronger, and to recover and grow from challenges. Because of the programs in our community and the wonderful work of our nonprofits, with community donations, we are able to build resiliency within our communities.

Our Values: Appreciation & Acceptance of All • Compassion & Caring • Integrity • Advocacy • Responsive & Impactful • Volunteerism

United Way envisions a world where everyone can achieve their human potential through education, financial stability, and healthy lives.

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