De Smet Community Foundation Case Study
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.
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.
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.