Support the Foundation

Make a difference in the healthcare in the Brookings region by supporting the Brookings Health System Foundation.

Causes to Support

Brookings Health System Foundation is an alliance of people who believe it is in our community's best interest to support our local health system through philanthropy.

Unrestricted cash gifts to the Brookings Health System Foundation support:

  • Healthcare Financial Assistance
    Donations help those in need with transportation and prescriptions following their visit to the Brookings Health System Emergency Department.
  • Health & Wellness Education
    Supports on-going training opportunities for Brookings Health System employees. Partnerships with Team Isaac and Forget-Me-Not organizations raise awareness of SIDS and provide comfort for families experiencing infant loss.
  • Facility, Equipment and Technology Upgrades
    The recent “Progress Lives Here” capital campaign raised nearly $4.7 million for the hospital expansion and renovation.  Donations to the Foundation also helped support The Neighborhoods at Brookview skilled nursing facility (in 2013) and a new ambulance (in 2014).

Hospice provides pain management, emotional support, help with family care giving and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. 

Funds raised through the Foundation help provide educational training opportunities for staff along with music therapy for patients and their families.

Our partnership with Swiftel Center supports Tough Enough to Wear Pink. Funds are used locally to promote local cancer screening benefits, such as regular mammograms. Funds also help provide information about the importance of breast self-examination and promote local resources that are available for patients at Avera Medical Group Brookings and Brookings Health System.

Ways to Give

Our Foundation relies on private and corporate gifts. Managed by the Foundation Board, donations are directed to Brookings Health System's greatest areas of need.

Give a gift in memory of your loved one or in honor of a special care giver through our Grateful Patient Program, MyThanks Matters.  Gifts can be made online or by cash or check.

Consider creating a legacy gift in support of the Brookings Health System Foundation. Planned gifts, such as wills and estate plans, make a meaningful impact that touch lives for years to come.

There are many ways to support the Brookings Health System Foundation, including gifts of: cash, grain/livestock, stock, mutual funds or property.

Donations are recognized at the membership levels indicated below. Recognition is based on a donor’s lifetime cumulative giving but donors may remain anonymous, if preferred. 

Pathfinder $25,000+

  • One-time gift or annual giving over 10 years or less 
  • Lifetime membership in the Prairie Nightingale Society (see below)
  • Recognized on a permanent display within Brookings Health System

Prairie Nightingale Society $10,000+

  • One-time gift or annual giving over 10 years or less 
  • Lifetime membership for $10,000+ commitments 
  • Invitation to member-only programs, including annual appreciation gathering 
  • Recognized on a permanent display within Brookings Health System

Pioneer $1,000+

  • One-time gift or annual giving over four years or less 
  • Recognized on a permanent display within Brookings Health System

Perennials $100+

  • Recognized in Brookings Health System’s newsletter

Donate Today!

Thank you for deciding to support the Brookings Health System Foundation! 

The Foundation relies on private and corporate gifts to increase awareness and build a sustainable base of supporters. Foundation funds help Brookings Health System reach even higher with its services to the community. 95¢ of every dollar supports our mission with 5¢ allocated to overhead costs.

All donations will, with your permission, receive public recognition and the sincere thanks of our staff, boards, associates and the community.

If you prefer to mail your donation, please make checks payable to Brookings Health System Foundation and send to:

Brookings Health System Foundation
300 22nd Ave.
Brookings, SD 57006


Foundation News

Aiming to Inspire Health Raises Over $19,000 for Local Health Care

Over $19,000 was raised Brookings Health System Foundation‘s thirteenth annual Aiming to Inspire Health fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 11 at Brookings Gun Club, rural Brookings, S.D., presented by First Bank & Trust.

King Joins Brookings Health System Foundation Board

Retired Physician Assistant Rod King recently joined Brookings Health System Foundation’s board of directors. He was elected at the May 12 board meeting to serve a two-year term through December 2023.

New Beginnings Birth Center Nursery Named in Honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad

On June 28 representatives from Brookings Health System and Team Isaac gathered to dedicate New Beginnings Birth Center’s nursery in honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad, the son of Team Isaac founders Jason and Amber Hemmestad. The Isaac Scot Nursery recognizes the funds given to Brookings Health System Foundation by Team Isaac.