What is the St. Francis Mission Foundation?

The St. Francis Mission Foundation was established in 2009 to bring together supporters of the Mission’s work. Led by Father James Kubicki, S.J., the Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of Jesuits and lay people from throughout the United States dedicated to furthering the goals of the Mission.


St. Francis Mission receives no government funds. The Foundation seeks philanthropic funds to serve the following needs:

  • Education – Religious Education, After-School Programs; Sapa Un (Catholic) Academy, an accredited elementary school modeled on the Jesuit Nativity schools

  • Substance Abuse – Icimani Ya Waste Recovery Program, White River Recovery Program

  • Evangelization – Five parishes, Adult Religious Education programs

  • Lakota Culture – Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum, KINI radio programs in Lakota language, translation of the New Testament into Lakota, integration of Lakota prayers in Religious Education

  • Health – Dental Clinic, Suicide Prevention, Juvenile Detention Center Counseling, Holiday Nutrition Program


Your gift to St. Francis Mission in support of the Rosebud Lakota people will be used immediately in the area of greatest and most urgent need

Why Should I Give to St. Francis Mission Among the Lakota?

Large or small, your gift to St. Francis Mission makes a great difference. Gifts of $25, $50, $75, $100, and $250 keep us operating day by day. Larger gifts help us grow to meet the needs. Thanks to generous friends like you, we have expanded virtually all our services, including youth programs, dental care, and religious education.

How Do I Make a Gift or Grant?

You may contact us by mail, phone, or e-mail. Please make your check payable to St. Francis Mission Foundation. Please let us know if you are interested in joining our annuity program or making a planned gift to St. Francis Mission. Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Will My Gift Really Make a Difference?

Yes, your gift makes such a positive difference! We send frequent stewardship letters and reports to keep you up to date on what your gift is helping us to accomplish. We absolutely rely on the generosity of friends throughout the country and abroad. If you are an old friend, thank you. If you are a new friend, God bless you. Without you, we simply could not do what we do every day.

Alternative Ways to Donate

There are a number of ways to help St. Francis Mission achieve it's goal of providing a hope-filled future for the Lakota people of our community. If you are interested in any of the following, please email our Vice President, Sandra McNeely or call 605-718-7912.

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual gifts.

  • Stocks or securities, which can result in a significant tax benefit for you. Gifts of securities that have been held for more than a year and that have appreciated in value usually result in a tax deduction equal to the value of the securities.

  • Matching gifts. Many private companies offer a matching gift program whereby employees’ gifts to charitable organizations may be matched by a donation of equal size to a charitable organization from the employer.

  • Policies on matching gifts vary from company to company, and it is best to get in touch with the human resources division of your employer to find out what procedure must be followed in order to obtain the match for your gift. Generally your employer will ask you to fill out a form with a brief explanation of what the organization does, how much you gave, and when.

  • Annuities. A charitable gift annuity is a contract under which a charity, like St. Francis Mission, agrees to pay a fixed amount of money to one or two individuals for their lifetime in return for a transfer of cash, marketable securities, or other assets. A person who receives payment is called an “annuitant” or “beneficiary.” The payments are fixed. A portion of payments is considered to be a partial tax-free return of the donor’s gift. Charitable gift annuities can be of great help to the charity receiving them, and can provide great tax benefits for the giver.

  • Wills, estates and trusts.Knowing that a gift will be made to the St. Francis Mission at your worldly journey’s end may provide great satisfaction to you once you have seen to it that your loved ones are provided for. Any form of charitable gift to the Mission from your estate will be free from federal estate tax and may significantly reduce the amount of tax assessed against your estate.

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At St. Francis Mission we have a goal to respect the traditions of the Lakota people while collaborating with them to meet the spiritual, educational, social and physical needs of the community. Our ministry is supported by gifts from those who share our mission. Your generous gift WILL make an impact!

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PO Box 499

St. Francis, SD 57572

Street address:

350 S. Oak St.

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350 South Oak Street

PO Box 499

St. Francis, SD 57572

Phone: 605-747-2361

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Registered Charity Number : 26-1904576

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