Building a Family Tradition of Giving

Building a Family Tradition of Giving

Building a Family Tradition of Giving

I recently visited some Ranch donors who said they first learned of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch from their parents. So many of our supporters are second and even third generation donors. These generations of donors are such a blessing to our precious children—we hope they are blessed by their giving as much as we are blessed by their gifts.

I am honored to hear donors tell stories about their parents. They often mention the bottle of honey that always graced their childhood table, or that their parents supported the Ranch when it was just getting started in the early 1950’s.

It is like a family tradition of giving. Just as many of us pass down family recipes, we can pass down a tradition of philanthropy. For people in the “younger” generations of givers, giving has become a way of life. They were raised to be charitable, and are now passing those values down to their children.

My Mom used to always say, “Many hands make for lighter work.” I think of this every time a donor says, “My small gift probably doesn’t help much.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The combined support of over 8,000 donors allows the Ranch to do this critical ministry—every single gift is important. Together, we make a huge impact on kids’ lives.

Thousands of donors believe in the children who come to the Ranch. They have a better future because of the healing, hope and faith they find here. They also learn that they are not alone…they have a large family of Ranch staff and donors, and most importantly, the loving presence of Christ.

God bless!

Janet Zinke
Senior Development Officer

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Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch is a Christian residential treatment and educational center for children and their families. We help the most troubled, complicated, and amazing kids by providing best-in-class psychiatric therapy and trauma-informed care, where we look kids in the eye, walk with them, and help them become their best selves.


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