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De Smet Community Foundation Case Study

De Smet Water Tower
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Through a partnership with Pollen Midwest, we created a case study to learn how the De Smet Community Foundation has been the vehicle for many successful efforts to solve long-standing community problems.

Excerpt from the Case Study

Working closely with their community, the De Smet Community Foundation created a 20-year plan to grow the population while maintaining the things that made De Smet a great place to live.

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Collaboration

When representatives from other towns tour De Smet’s event center, they often ask Rita, “How did you get everyone to work together?” Her answer: joint meetings from the get-go, partners viewed the event center as a community project that required teamwork.

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Sharing Ownership

At both the foundation and the development corporation, keeping secrets from the community is off the table. Instead, each organization often consults with residents before making decisions.


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See how De Smet Community Foundation created a 20-year plan to grow the population while maintaining the things that made De Smet a great place to live.