SIOUX FALLS, SD — Ken Duncan, current Chair of the Board of Directors for People, Incorporated in St. Paul, MN, and his family have generously donated $5,000 to Lost&Found to match donations leading up to #GivingTuesday2019 on Tuesday, December 3. Originally from Flandreau, SD, Ken is a highly-committed advocate for mental health research and programs that help create a stronger support system for young adults of all circumstances, something that he and his family feel is embodied in the Lost&Found mission and its efforts.
“Lost&Found’s efforts to help young adults build resilience and address life circumstances that leave us vulnerable to mental health conditions serves to strengthen not only individuals, but the community around us, as well,” says Duncan. “Their approach to strengthen the community and provide the necessary support for individuals to be and remain healthy will serve us all well into the future. We are proud to support a true example of people helping people.”
The Duncan family gift will be applied to match all FOUNDers Club donations leading into #GivingTuesday2019, and all new donations through the Lost&Found Donation Portal, by mail, or via Facebook Fundraising will be eligible for the match through December 3rd or whenever the gift is matched fully, whichever comes later.
“We are thankful to the Duncan family for their incredible commitment to improving student mental health in South Dakota, Minnesota, and around the country,” said Lost&Found CEO & Executive Director Erik Muckey. “Their gift places an exclamation mark on what has been a year of transformation for Lost&Found—unveiling new student resilience education, expanding student chapters to three campuses in South Dakota, and introducing never-before-seen mixed methods research to understand student mental health needs on campuses around the region.
This #GivingTuesday, the Duncan family has issued a challenge that we can all meet: to meet rising student mental health needs head on and take action to build resilient communities.”
How can you support Lost&Found this #GivingTuesday and help us meet the Duncans’ $5,000 match challenge? Lost&Found encourages three ways to give this season:
- Join the FOUNDers Club. Create a monthly, quarterly, or annually recurring donation on the Lost&Found Donation Portal of $120/year or more ($10/month, $30/quarter), and every dollar goes toward program staffing, student leadership development, and Lost&Found’s emerging student mental health research initiatives. As the program enters 2020, Lost&Found will connect FOUNDers Club members around the region through networking events, provide members with regular resilience tips and first access to new volunteer and staff opportunities, and send each member an annual gift for their support. Best of all, FOUNDers Club donations are eligible for match at any time throughout the year, exponentially increasing the potential for impact from your support. Learn more and join the FOUNDers Club today.
- Start a #GivingTuesday Facebook fundraiser for Lost&Found. Through Facebook’s free fundraising platform for certified 501c3 nonprofits, like L&F, supporters of the cause can easily connect with friends and family to increase their ability to raise funds and generate impact. For any Facebook user who creates a fundraiser for Lost&Found and raises more than $200 toward the match goal, Lost&Found will send a thank-you gift and handwritten note from our staff. Spice up your fundraiser with a matching gift of your own, and know you are leaving your mark on a new era of student mental health in our region! Start your Facebook fundraiser here.
- Support a chapter leader on the Lost&Found Donation Portal or on Facebook. Over 100 student leaders operate campus chapters at the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, the University of Sioux Falls, Dakota Wesleyan University, and Augustana University. Through #GivingTuesday, 100% of any donations made to a Lost&Found Facebook fundraiser hosted by one of our chapter leaders will go directly to their chapter program funds, and any donation designated to a chapter on the Lost&Found Donation Portal is subject to the $5,000 match until it’s gone. Act fast, and you can directly impact student mental health programs at the school you love. Check out student fundraisers here and show your support.
There are a multitude of ways to support Lost&Found now and throughout the year. As Lost&Found chapters close a month of programming focused on building gratitude, Lost&Found thanks you for your tremendous support in 2019! We hope you, like our student leaders and advisers do daily, choose to meet the challenge this #GivingTuesday.
Lost&Found is a Sioux Falls, SD-based 501c3 social venture that builds resilient communities and people with compassion, understanding, and inclusion. Through student-led resilience programs, campus research services, and mental health ecosystem building, Lost&Found envisions a country and a world in which no young adult dies by suicide.