Dear friends of Black Hills Area Habitat For Humanity,

In 2018, a study was conducted by Black Hills Knowledge Network discussing the need for affordable housing in the Rapid City area. The study found that 3,500 affordable homes are needed. As a result, Habitat leadership completed a five-year strategic plan to address the housing need in our service area. Through the process we have identified projects that will address our region’s most pressing housing needs and boost funding for Habitat’s mission. Before moving forward, we need to hear from you. So, we are conducting a planning study, which starts March 23. This review involves surveying the entire Habitat community. Through the results we will learn which projects are considered most important and gauge support for a potential major fundraising effort, a capital campaign, to pay for all, or some, of the projects.

Questions and Answers

Q. What is a planning study? 

A. The study gauges support for the proposed projects and for a potential major fundraising effort called a capital campaign. The study, which lasts five weeks, also will help identify possible volunteer leaders and set a financial goal should Habitat choose to move forward with a campaign. 


Q. How will the study determine whether there is support? 

A. The study involves surveying the entire Habitat community. The Steier Group will administer the study and survey. The firm will compile your feedback and present it to our leaders who will then make an informed decision about the projects and a potential campaign. Hiring an experienced, professional development firm like the Steier Group ensures an effective and successful planning study. 


Q. Why should we conduct a planning study? 

A. Many organizations use planning studies when considering a fundraising campaign. It is a wise first step because the study provides valuable information on how everyone feels about the proposed projects and a potential campaign.  


Q. What is a capital campaign? 

A. A capital campaign is a fundraising effort for big projects and needs.  


Q. What do you expect of the Habitat community during the planning study? 

A. Initially, we will be asking only for your feedback. Your input and participation will help us make wise decisions about the projects and a potential campaign. You will be hearing more about how you can participate in the coming weeks. 


If you have questions, you are welcome to contact us at any time. 

Big Eagle Family

Mathies Family

Peterson Family