The Black Hills Area Community Foundation (BHACF) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started in 1987 to serve both donors and nonprofit agencies throughout the Black Hills. BHACF manages and administers charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Because of their commitment, BHACF awards hundreds of grants that have a positive impact on the quality of life in the Black Hills area. BHACF is a public charity overseen by a local volunteer Board of Directors, which serves thousands of caring people who desire to make the Black Hills area a great place to live, to work and to make a positive difference.


What is Your Passion?

We offer you a place where you can learn more about our funds and donate to the projects that speak to your passion!


Our Mission

The Black Hills Area Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership to build community endowments to invest in people and solutions that positively impact the Black Hills area. Learn More

Donor Stories

In February 2010, the BHACF was proud to establish the Beverly and Lloyd Paulson Family Endowment Fund. In creating this fund, Mr. Paulson said, “This fund will help perpetuate the things we value – consideration for others, love of nature and the land, and generosity of spirit.”Learn More

Our Initiatives

We are proud to be part of projects that positively impact the area. Learn More

What Our Recipients Say

We are very pleased to partner with Black Hills Area Community Foundation to meet the needs of the community. We realize that this grant demonstrates your belief in the important work of YFS and the YFS Foundation in western South Dakota.
Susan Fedell, Executive Director, Youth & Family Services
Your grant to this little agency is like gold. You know only too well our needs and challenges as we begin 2012. Your ongoing financial support is more than I could ever hope for. But beyond that, you care about the children and families in this community. You show that support to many organizations throughout the year in your gifts and your actions. You set the standard extremely high… and your guidance makes all of us work to be the very best that we can be in delivering service to those in need. Your gift is our lifeline at this time. Thank you for including us in your kindness. Thank you for not forgetting about us. It is friends like the two of you that make Rapid City the wonderful place where we live and care for children. What a fine example you set.
Mary Victor, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Black Hills
Our sincerest appreciation for your contribution to the Community Health Center of the Black Hills. Each year CHCBH continues to put patients at the center of high-quality primary and preventive health care services which lowers costs by reducing the frequency of expensive specialty and emergency room visits.
Tim Trithart, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Center of the Black Hills