Onward Campaign Update Highlights USD Foundation Sioux Falls Opening

The University of South Dakota Foundation’s Onward campaign has raised more than $160 million during the past 3 1/2 years toward a seven-year $250 million goal, USD Foundation CEO and President Steve Brown said Thursday as part of the foundation’s opening of a newly relocated Sioux Falls office.

The campaign, launched in January 2012, has four campaign pillars:

  • $97 million for scholarships;
  • $12 million for student and faculty enrichment through research, conferences and travel abroad;
  • $29 million toward endowments for professors and department chairs; and
  • $112 million for new buildings and improvements for athletics and Health Sciences, the National Music Museum, the School of Law and Fine Arts.

Brown was to update donors and supporters at the open house at 101 S. Phillips Ave., Suite 508. “With nearly 20 percent of our alumni in the greater Sioux Falls area, it makes sense to be here,” he said of the 9th and Phillips location.

“With the success of the campaign, our staff has grown. That has resulted in the need for additional space. The foundation is pleased to be in the heart of downtown," Brown added.

Details of the Onward campaign.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Michael Ewald
USD News