Thrive’s Strategy Council has identified over 70 government, nonprofit, or faith-based organizations and informal community groups that are working to improve services to vulnerable children and their families. Groups focused on achieving outcomes critical to student success may ask to be recognized as a Thrive Engagement Collaborative.
Thrive is not a grantmaking nonprofit, and its resources are limited. Thrive Engagement Collaboratives may, however, request assistance with meeting facilitation, administrative support, research projects, and fundraising issues.
Food Security in Sioux Falls
Thrive’s Board approved Food Security as its first engagement collaborative in 2017. Feeding South Dakota is managing the project, which will identify food deserts in the metro area. Long term, Feeding South Dakota will collaborate with other nonprofits and faith-based organizations to expand access to nutritious food in under-served neighborhoods. Augustana Research Institute is conducting the study. Because it is a recognized engagement collaborative, the cost of the study is subsidized by Thrive through its contract with ARI.
Sioux Empire Network of Care
Sioux Empire Network of Care — administered by Helpline Center — grew from the need to provide a coordinated, community-based intake system for individuals and families who stand in need. Initially funded with a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant, the multi-agency collaborative went online with a shared software platform in the fall of 2016. When Thrive’s Housing Action Team wanted to pilot a real time affordable housing and eligibility program, SENC stepped to the plate, and Thrive helped the collaborative acquire additional software. SENC is destined to be an important asset to Thrive as its action teams work to align the programs and services that support our area’s most vulnerable children and their families.