Ways to Give

SDDC empowers all Peoples of the Great Plains through hands-on experiences that inspire scientific thinking.

Thanks to the support of our generous donors, SDDC has been at the heart of all-ages scientific exploration in the state for over thirty 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 programing geared at inspiring creative minds and critical thinking in all ages. 

Every year we work to bring new information and foundational science to the public in interesting, interactive ways, developing tomorrow’s scientific leaders and increasing scientific literacy in South Dakota and beyond.

Your donation makes a difference!

Ways You Can Give

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.


Build for the Future!

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 you 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!

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 the SDDC's 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.

Make an Impact!

SDDC offers a wide variety of services to children, families, and educators across South Dakota. To support a specific cause or campaign, you can designate your gift to a program, topic, target audience, or special project. Take a look at our current campaigns.

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.


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

***Please note that at this time, we cannot accept donations of materials, objects, or artifacts that fall outside of a specific Wishlist campaign.***