Become a Donor

Join our most passionate SUPPORTERS through targeted giving!

Together, we are EXPLORERS dedicated to providing hands-on science opportunities that EDUCATE and EMPOWER. We build curiosity, fun, and make big discoveries! Find your passion for giving below:

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, SDDC has been at the heart of all-ages scientific exploration in the state for over 35 years.

Our mission has grown from introducing children and their families to science through our acclaimed exhibits hall to including the instruction of educators at all levels and enhancing scientific understanding through programming geared at inspiring creative minds and critical thinking in all ages. 

Every year we impact over 500 classrooms and over 15,000 curious minds directly with our programs and work to bring new information and foundational science to the public in interesting, interactive ways. We are developing tomorrow’s scientific leaders and increasing scientific literacy in South Dakota and beyond.

Your gift makes a difference! Find out more, below, about how you can give to the SDDC and impact your community:

Advocate for Science
Be an advocate for STEAM education! With your direct support to our mission, the SDDC applies your dollars to its programs and operations that empower all Peoples of the Great Plains, creating hands-on experiences that inspire scientific thinking. Help us leverage funds and channel financial resources to make the largest impact. Share our need and your donation on social media with the hashtag #AdvocateForScience.

Give to a Campaign
Growing a solid foundation for a stable future is the ultimate goal of our designated Endowment Fund with the South Dakota Community Foundation. What is an endowment fund, you ask? Simply put, it is an account with investment earnings that the SDDC uses for its programs and operations. The more our Endowment Fund grows, the more earnings we have to use in our dream of building a society of curious, scientifically literate, and engaged problem solvers. Your gift helps get us closer to this dream.


DOUBLE Your Impact!
You can double, triple, or quadruple your donation's value by asking your company or organization to match your gift to the SDDC. It is not unusual for a company to offer matching gift programs, contact your human resources department today! 

Contact SDDC Development Director, Jennifer McIntyre, or call 605-224-8295 to learn about business promotion and support opportunities during your company’s match campaign.

Benefits All Around!
Find yourself in a tax crunch at the end of the year? Publicly traded stock and mutual funds can be given to the SDDC to save your money! Getting down to brass tacks, these types of gifts, like all donations to SDDC, are essential to our mission.


Give Your Time, Give Supplies
In-kind donations of goods and services are essential to the South Dakota Discovery Center. Whether you are looking to provide supplies for summer campers, donate office equipment, or share your time, SDDC has many options for in-kind donations. 

Join our Discovery Pod to find your ideal volunteer opportunity. 

Contact to find out what materials are currently on our wish list.

***Please note: at this time, we cannot accept materials, objects, or artifacts that fall outside of specific needs, please contact to learn what we need before delivering your donation.***

Make an Impact!
SDDC offers a wide variety of services to children, families, and educators across South Dakota. Businesses can make a BIG impact on specific SDDC initiatives and campaigns by making a major gift or designating support to certain programs, topics, target audiences, or special projects. 

Take a look at our current campaigns and sponsorship flier, then reach out to SDDC Development Director, Jennifer McIntyre, or call 605-224-8295.


Leave a Legacy
Have you considered including the SDDC in your will or estate plan? Make your mark through legacy giving. This method of supporting nonprofits and charities enables philanthropic donors to make larger gifts than they could have made from their yearly income. You can use cash, appreciated securities/stock, real estate, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance, a retirement plan and more to make a planned gift. The benefits of funding a planned gift can make this type of charitable giving attractive to both you and SDDC.

Let us know that we are a part of your legacy plan, so that we can celebrate you now! Contact SDDC Development Director, Jennifer McIntyre, or call 605-224-8295.

Contact SDDC Development Director, Jennifer McIntyre, or call 605-224-8295.