About Us

We collaborate with our communities to create a thriving Black Hills, now and forever.

About the Community Foundation

The Black Hills Area Community Foundation is your partner in generosity.

Our team inspires donors to give, invests in charitable work and manages select community initiatives. We’re the only Community Foundation solely focused on serving the Black Hills area, spanning Butte, Meade, Lawrence, Pennington, Custer, Oglala Lakota and Fall River counties.

As of 2024, the Community Foundation manages $60 million in assets and has granted more than $35 million since its establishment in 2006.

Our values

Be the Community’s Foundation

We embrace the role of being a pillar of our community.

We foster a sense of unity, actively listening to our community and responding to its needs.

We provide tools that help people and organizations in the Black Hills thrive.

Take the Long View

We cultivate a legacy of significance and longevity for donors and our organization.

We are guided by our goal of creating lasting, sustainable impact in our investments and strategic decisions.

Stay Curious

We bring an open mindset and curiosity to every interaction.

We believe continuous learning and education drive organizational and community growth.


We embrace a spirit of collaboration.

We encourage open dialogue with all our partners to address community needs.

Staff members

Chris Huber, CEO

Chris provides leadership to the Foundation by overseeing strategic initiatives, cultivating partnerships, and ensuring the organization's continued growth and impact in the philanthropic landscape of the Black Hills region.

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Chris Huber

Barb Keene, Director of Operations

Barb orchestrates the seamless functioning of the Community Foundation by managing day-to-day activities and fostering a collaborative working environment to support the Community Foundation's mission.

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Barb Keene Director of Operations

Carrie Robley, Director of Community Impact

Carrie spearheads our grants and scholarships programs. Her work contributes to positive change in the Black Hills area by collaborating with nonprofits and community members to implement impactful programs and address our region’s pressing needs.

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Carrie Robley Director of Community Impact

Nicole Schlabach, Operations and Communications Specialist

Nicole supports our internal operations and manages our communication channels and strategies. She also leads the Foundation’s Food Security Initiative, aimed at preventing hunger and improving nutrition for Rapid City residents.

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Nicole Schlabach Operations and Communications Specialist

Eric Zimmer, Director of Philanthropy

Eric leads the foundation's efforts in building and nurturing relationships with donors, implementing strategic philanthropic initiatives, and ensuring a sustained flow of resources to support the diverse needs of the Black Hills community.

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Eric Zimmer Director of Philanthropy

Greg Litton, Director of Strategic Housing

Greg leads the Community Foundation’s initiative that addresses housing challenges in the Black Hills region. Through collaboration with key partners, he works towards advancing the strategic housing trust fund model to improve housing accessibility and affordability.

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Greg Litton Director of Strategic Housing

Kathleen Fitzgerald-Ellis, Associate Director of Philanthropy – Northern Hills

Kathleen focuses on advancing philanthropic endeavors in the Northern Hills region by building relationships with donors, facilitating strategic giving, and ensuring that the unique needs of the Northern Hills community are met.

Contact Kathleen

Kathleen Fitzgerald-Ellis
Associate Director of Philanthropy – Northern Hills

Board members

Terry Hermann

Elizabeth Zieglmeier

Kelly Buntrock

Steve Flanery

Steve Helmers

Brad Benham

Joseph Lux

Justin DiBona

Kassie McKie Shiffermiller

Marie High Bear

Mike Tennyson

Priscilla Romkema

RC Scull

Richard Wahlstrom

Roger Knutsen

Urla Marcus, EdD

Willie Hustead

Chair, Sturgis

Vice Chair, Rapid City

Treasurer, Rapid City

Secretary, Rapid City

Past Chair, Rapid City

Rapid City

Hot Springs

Rapid City

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Rapid City

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Hot Springs

Read our 2023 Impact Report

Each year, we create an impact report featuring stories that highlight the accomplishments of the previous year. This magazine-style report emphasizes the range of services and programs dedicated to serving donors, nonprofits and the broader community.

Download Impact Reports from previous years

2022 Impact Report

Read about the Community Foundation’s impact in 2022.

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2021 Impact Report

Read about the Community Foundation’s impact in 2021.

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2020 Impact Report

Read about the Community Foundation’s impact in 2020.

Download the PDF

2019-2016 Impact Reports

Read about the Community Foundation’s impact in 2019.

Download the 2019 PDF

Download the 2018 PDF

Download the 2017 PDF

Download the 2016 PDF

Financial overview

(as of Dec. 31, 2023)

Total Assets:

$57.3 million

Total Grants in 2023:

$7.2 million

Total Grants since 2006:

$34.9 million

Connect with us

Start a conversation with our team. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.