In 1999, South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation was founded as a 501(c)(3) corporation to receive government and foundation grants on behalf of its cooperative education efforts.
The SDFU Foundation’s parent organization, South Dakota Farmers Union, founded in 1915, has pioneered rural economic development initiatives through the formation of rural cooperative elevators, oil companies, electric associations, and water and telephone cooperatives to meet the growing needs of South Dakota’s rural citizens, within the limited resources of the state and its citizenry.
The South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation is committed to providing education and information that advances the economy of South Dakota. We recognize that young people are our future – the future of farms and ranches, our businesses and our communities. We seek to expand our youth education programs that teach the importance of cooperatives and member-owned operations, develop leadership abilities and cultivate business skills, cultural awareness and the entrepreneurial spirit