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 nearly $240,000 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 2019 alone, the Brandon Community Foundation presented more than $33,000 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, Nov. 1, 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.

2019 Spirit Award honoree Barb Fish

2019 Spirit Award

The 2019 Spirit Award honoree is Barb Fish. Fish currently works as a certified financial planner for Securities America, Inc., and also serves as president of the Brandon City Council. A native of Tyndall, South Dakota, Fish holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota.

An active civic volunteer, Fish is past president of the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, has served as an officer of the PTSO, and is a past secretary for the Brandon Community Foundation.

Past Spirit Award Honorees

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