The Bargers’ primary goals for the foundation include supporting charitable
and educational purposes in Brule and Lyman Counties, though other parts of
South Dakota may also be considered by the Board of Directors depending on need.
Established as directed by the last will and testament of the late Edith Barger, the
foundation uses its income to support charitable causes in the Chamberlain area,
including a number of specific annual gifts previously named by the late Mrs. Barger.
The entity operates as a Private Foundation and has received non-profit 501(c)3 status
from the Internal Revenue Service. Since inception in 2008, the Foundation has awarded grants in excess of $3,000,000.
Grant applications are accepted once per year, with an annual deadline of March 1.