What Is SDARL?
SDARL is the South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program. A unique leadership development program offering intensive study, training and travel for future leaders.
Approximately thirty participants, who have demonstrated leadership ability, are chosen for each class. Class members must be involved in ranching, farming, or agribusiness. Each class runs eighteen months, beginning in November of even numbered years and finishing by April of the next even numbered year. Class VIII is currently underway.
What Is The Format?
Over the course of 18 months, the class will attend nine thee to four day seminars across the state of South Dakota, primarily during the winter months. A one week national study tour to Washington D.C. is held in February of the first year with a 10-12 day international study tour in February of the final year.
What Is The Cost?
The total cost of the eighteen month program is approximately $14,000 per participant. Class VII tuition is $4,000 per participant, payable in three installments. The remaining funds are raised through corporate contributions and grants, for which the SDARL organization is responsible for obtaining.
Who Runs the Program?
SDARL is a private, not-for-profit organization run by an nine-member Board of Directors. The office is staffed by a Program Director and overseen by an Executive Director, who reports to the SDARL Board.
Why Should You Support It?
Agricultural representation among decision-making entities is at an all time low. The SDARL Program provides better representation by training new rural agriculture leadership - ethical, honest and motivated individuals qualified to lead through changing and difficult times.
The leaders we are training are committed to agriculture and to their communities throughout rural South Dakota. They have already been active in leadership roles.
The challenges and opportunities of today will be replaced with new opportunities tomorrow. The quality of our agriculture and rural leaders will determine how well we meet those challenges and realize those opportunities.
Broad-Based Support = Long Term Success
Realization of the SDARL Program mission will happen as the South Dakota agricultural and rural community adopts the program. This will ensure that our best and brightest will have access to the training they need to maximize their effectiveness. The key to long term success is establishing broad-based financial support.
A Good Investment with Tax Benefits
The federal government encourages charitable giving by providing significant tax benefits when you make a gift to a qualified charity. Contributions to the SDARL Program are tax deductible.
Popular Gift Options
A. Cash Contributions
Cash donations are the most popular way to make charitable gifts. The net cost of your cash gift to a qualified charity becomes apparent at tax time. For example if you make a $1,000 gift, and you are in a 28% marginal tax bracket, your gift could save you $280 in taxes.
B. Designated SDARL Contributors
Some people like to have their donation specifically pay for an activity of the Program. There is a great flexibility in how these types of contributions can be made. Contact the SDARL Office to discuss details. These contributions directly offset budget expenditures, and thus qualify as tax-deductible contributions. Sponsorship opportunities include but are not limited to sponsoring: entire seminars, specific events, speakers, meals or breaks. Various contributor levels are also set up.