Our Leadership Team
Accountable to the community
To ensure its community connection, board members are appointed by a steering committee composed of the board chair and executive officer from each of the four founding organizations: United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Development Foundation, and Community Foundation.
- Thrive’s governing board and staff are responsible for advancing its mission – to make sure all children in the Sioux Falls area have the resources they need to thrive and achieve their highest educational and career potential.
- The board relies on a 12-member strategy council that assesses community resources, identifies obstacles to student success, and recommends research and action priorities.
- Thrive action teams are volunteers drawn from government, business, nonprofit and faith sectors. Action Teams use a collective impact model and continuous quality improvement tools to create efficient systems out of the many programs and services that support children and families in need. Their work is informed by Augustana Research Institute.
- The Sioux Falls area is blessed with dozens of community groups and social service agencies that are working to improve student success. Groups that wish to align their efforts with Thrive’s collective impact initiatives are known as engagement collaboratives.
Thrive is grateful for the vision and support of its sponsors.