Non-profits struggling in the Black Hills - KOTA Territory News

Non-profits struggling in the Black Hills

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While it's good news that funding for storm relief efforts are skyrocketing, it's been tough times for some non-profits in KOTA Territory.   

Organizations in the Black Hills that rely on donations could be experiencing a ripple effect of extra funds going toward storm relief.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Black Hills Executive Director, Mary Victor says in her 25 years of raising money this is the most she's ever struggled.   

"And not because people's hearts aren't generous and kind," said Victor. "They want to help everyone, and right now almost everyone needs help." 

But not everyone agrees the lack of funding is directly related to organizations and private donors giving to storm relief foundations.

Black Hills Community Foundation Executive Director Regina Jahr says it's just bad timing.   

"You know I think it's too soon to actually see," said Jahr. "I think their concern is with the upcoming we think of as the giving season and Christmas time and I think people are concerned, I think the dollars have been probably tight for givers." 

The rancher relief fund has collected nearly $100,000 just in online donations.

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