Community Impact


Granted to Brandon-area nonprofits and causes since our founding.

Strengthening Our Community

We believe the Brandon area is a great place to live, work, and play. We also believe we have a responsibility to help preserve and sustain what’s good here, and to support local nonprofits which make our community even better.

Thanks to the support of our donors, we're proud to say we've granted more than $275,000 to nonprofits and causes throughout our community since 2006, improving quality of life, creating positive change and driving meaningful social impact through philanthropy. To that end, we're intentional and focused on:

Passion & Purpose

We're here to foster a culture of giving and care in Brandon, to inspire philanthropy, and to improve quality of life and enhance the vibrancy of our community.

Community Impact

In 2020 alone, the Brandon Community Foundation presented more than $35,000 in grants to local nonprofits. The grants were awarded to nonprofits serving youth, mature adults, recreation, education and more and were presented at the annual Oak and Vine event, held on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Brandon Holiday Inn.

The Spirit Award

Each year, the Brandon Community Foundation presents the Spirit Award, an honor that celebrates philanthropic individuals or families whose innovative leadership and consistent generosity have positively impacted the Brandon community.

Roger Hunt
2020 Spirit Award honoree Roger Hunt.

2020 Spirit Award

The 2020 Spirit Award honoree is Roger Hunt.

A graduate of Augustana College (University), the University of South Dakota School of Law and George Washington University, Hunt served for 22 years as an active duty member of the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. After retiring from the Navy in 1984, Hunt returned to Brandon and established a law practice. He went on to serve as a member of South Dakota's state legislature where, over the course of 20 years, he served on the House Education Committee, House Commerce Committee, House Judiciary Committee and the House State Affairs Committee. In l997 and 1998, he served as Speaker Pro Tempore, and in 1999 and 2000, he was elected by his fellow legislators to be Speaker of the House of Representatives. During his time in the legislature, Hunt was the prime sponsor of more than 140 pieces of legislation.

Hunt passed away in 2018.

His son, Lamont, accepted the Spirit Award on his behalf.

Past Spirit Award Honorees

  • Barb Fish (2019)
  • Tony Bosch (2018)
  • Greg & Sheri Carmon (2017)
  • Gene Johnson (2016)
  • Dennis Olson (2015)
  • Dick Pickering (2014)
  • Jimmie Fjerestad (2013)

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