Ways to Earn Prize Money

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So, this is going to be fun. 

(Really, we aren't fooling!) 

Nearly $125,000 in prizes from the South Dakota Prize Pool will be awarded in the weeks leading up to—and the day of—South Dakota Day of Giving on #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018. Nonprofits in the state of South Dakota registered to participate in South Dakota Day of Giving are eligible for the prizes. The deadline to register for South Dakota’s first-ever Day of Giving is Monday, October 15 at 11:59pm mountain time.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals, businesses, and community members, nonprofits participating can win the following prizes. You can also download the full list here.


Prizes to be awarded randomly before South Dakota Day of Giving

  1. Five $1,000 Golden Ticket Awards: At random periods between October 15 and November 26, watch our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the South Dakota Gives Golden Ticket Hour. During that hour, individuals or nonprofits who reply to the post and use #ForSouthDakota will be eligible to randomly win $1,000 for the registered nonprofit of their choosing (you can choose yourself!).

  2. One $5,000 Platinum Ticket Award: At a random 15-minute period of time (already determined) between October 15 and November 26, we’ll go to our Twitter feed and see who tweeted using #ForSouthDakota and @forsouthdakota in their post. If a registered nonprofit tweeted during that period using #ForSouthDakota, they’ll randomly win $5,000. So, get tweeting and use #ForSouthDakota and @forsouthdakota in your posts.

  3. 100 percent! On Facebook or Twitter, celebrate the fact that 100 percent of your board members have pledged to support your organization on South Dakota Day of Giving with a financial gift. Just post the following after you have the full commitment of your board: “Wahoo! All of our board members have pledged to make a gift to us on South Dakota Day of Giving. Will you join us?” (Be sure to tag #ForSouthDakota @forsouthdakota and include a link to your profile on the South Dakota Gives website). One organization will randomly receive a match of their board member’s commitments—up to $5,000.

Prizes to be awarded the week of October 15

  • Choose one word! On Facebook or Twitter, tell us what philanthropy means to you in one word—and then use a few more words to tell us what donations to your organization make possible. Include a link to your South Dakota Gives profile. Use #ForSouthDakota and @forsouthdakota in your posts. On Friday, October 19 at 12 noon mountain, we’ll award $2,500 to one registered nonprofit who participated.

Prizes to be awarded the week of October 22

  • Nonprofits matter! On Facebook or Twitter, share a video (video recordings from your camera as a selfie are totally legit) that is :30 seconds or under that answers this question: Why is your nonprofit critical to life in the state of South Dakota? Post it using #ForSouthDakota and @forsouthdakota. On Friday, October 26 at 12 noon mountain, we’ll award $5,000 to one registered nonprofit who posted a video. 

Prizes to be awarded the week of October 29

  • Volunteers rock! On Facebook or Twitter, share a photo or video (again, simply selfie videos are totally acceptable) that is :30 seconds or under that celebrates a volunteer at your organization who makes your work possible. Post it using #ForSouthDakota and @forsouthdakota. On Friday, November 2 at 12 noon mountain, we’ll award $5,000 to one registered nonprofit who posted a video. 

Prizes to be awarded the week of November 5

  • :15 second pitch! On Facebook or Twitter, share a video no more than :15 seconds why community members in South Dakota should donate to your nonprofit on South Dakota Day of Giving. Include a link to your profile on the South Dakota Gives website. Post it using #ForSouthDakota and @forsouthdakota. On Friday, November 9 at 12 noon mountain, we’ll award three $1,000 prizes to three registered nonprofits who posted a video. 

Prizes to be awarded the week of November 12

  • Change out your Facebook and Twitter banners to one of these South Dakota Gives images: https://www.southdakotagives.org/graphic-resources. On Friday, November 16 at 12 noon mountain, one nonprofit who posts one of the images and uses #ForSouthDakota will receive $1,000, plus the opportunity to award another $1,000 to a registered nonprofit of their choosing! (How fun.)

Prizes to be awarded the week of November 19

  • We want to see your Thanks for Giving emails! It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and the perfect time to thank your donors for supporting your organization throughout the year. It’s also a perfect reminder that they can support you on South Dakota Day of Giving. Include hello@southdakotagives.org on an email you send to your donors to thank them for supporting you. We’ll take all of the emails we receive between November 19-23 and award one registered nonprofit $2,500 on Monday, November 26.

Prizes to be awarded on #GivingTuesday, November 27

Use #ForSouthDakota and @forsouthdakota in all of your posts to be eligible. Be sure to include links to your online giving form.

  • 12 midnight-2am mountain time: Post a photo and let us know what your registered nonprofit is doing at this hour, and include a link to your South Dakota Gives profile. One nonprofit randomly wins $2,000. Use hashtag #ForSouthDakota2am.

  • By 7am: Nonprofits who have 10+ unique visitors to their South Dakota Gives profile by 7am will be entered into a drawing to randomly win $2,000.

  • By 10am: Post a photo on your Facebook or Twitter page of a morning breakfast event you held to kickoff South Dakota Day of Giving. It just needs to include excited people, a cup of coffee, and food (donuts preferred!). Use hashtag #ForSouthDakotaBreakfast. Two nonprofits randomly win $2,000.

  • By 12 noon: Post a photo on your Facebook or Twitter page of any costumes you’ve incorporated into your South Dakota Day of Giving fun. Use hashtag #ForSouthDakotaFashion. Two nonprofits randomly win $2,000.

  • By 2pm: Post an update about your progress on your Facebook or Twitter, either total number of donors who have given or the amount you have raised so far. Two nonprofits randomly win $2,000. Use hashtag #ForSouthDakotaGIVES.

  • By 6pm: Post a video update about your progress on your Facebook or Twitter and how much fun you’re having. Remind people to give. Five nonprofits will randomly win $2,000. Use hashtag #ForSouthDakotaProgress.

  • By 11pm: Post a photo of your tired team on your Facebook or Twitter, with a last chance to give to your organization. Five nonprofits will randomly win $2,000. Use hashtag #ForSouthDakotaTired.

Prizes to be awarded after South Dakota Day of Giving

On the day after South Dakota Day of Giving, first take time to celebrate. Then, be on the lookout for an online form that will ask you to report on your success and heck, even celebrate the challenges. To be eligible for the prizes below, your registered nonprofit will need to submit the form online no later than Friday, November 30 at 5pm mountain time. Prizes will be awarded for the following:

  • Most creative hashtag you integrated into your social media posts ($2,000 to one registered nonprofit).

  • Most compelling video you posted on Facebook or YouTube specifically about South Dakota Day of Giving ($5,000 to one registered nonprofit).

  • Most creative way you engaged your board of directors ($2,000 to three registered nonprofits).

  • Most effective campaign to recruit volunteers ($2,500 to two registered nonprofits).

  • Most unique partnership between a nonprofit and business ($5,000 to one registered nonprofit).

  • Most unique partnership between a nonprofit and a school ($5,000 to one registered nonprofit).

  • South Dakota Golden Ticket Award for filling out—completely—the online reporting form ($5,000 to five registered nonprofits).