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.

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. 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 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).