Sammons Financial Group Employees Direct More Than $200,000 to South Dakota Nonprofits


Eighteen Charities to receive funding through an annual employee-led Community Impact Challenge

West Des Moines, Iowa – November 14, 2022 – Sammons® Financial Group, Inc. announced the results of their annual Community Impact Challenge. The initiative, started in 2014, gives employees the opportunity to nominate nonprofit organizations and vote on individual charities to receive grants.

“The Community Impact Program is one of many ways we give back to the local community,” said Rachelle Tieszen, vice president of human resources. “The need in our communities is always great, and our employees raise their hands to get involved time after time. We’re proud to be able to give back to organizations that make a difference for the people in South Dakota.”

The following organizations will receive funding from the Community Impact Challenge:

  • Active Generations (Day Break) – $12,500
  • Alpha Center – $5,000
  • Alzheimer's Association – $5,000
  • American Legion Post 65 – $15,000
  • Bikers Against Child Abuse – $5,000
  • Call to Freedom – $25,000
  • Children's Inn – $10,000
  • Emily's Hope – $10,000
  • Faith Temple Food Giveaway – $15,000
  • Family Connection – $10,000
  • Game Plan 4 Hope – $25,000
  • Mended Little Hearts – $5,000
  • Parkinson Association of SD – $5,000
  • Pathways Literacy Center – $10,000
  • Sioux Empire Pit Rescue – $15,000
  • South Dakota Salutes – $15,000
  • The Link – $10,000
  • Veterans Community Project  – $10,000

“Sammons Financial Group has been in Sioux Falls for more than 100 years, and our employees are very engaged in our corporate mission of giving back to our communities,” added Tieszen. “It’s our honor to celebrate the outstanding work being done by these local nonprofits.”

This program is a component of Sammons Financial Group’s longstanding commitment to its communities. In 2021, the company donated $3.75 million to local charities.

About Sammons® Financial Group, Inc.

The companies of Sammons Financial Group® help families and businesses protect their future to enjoy life’s moments today. A subsidiary of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., Sammons Financial Group is privately owned with member companies that are among the most enduring and stable in the financial services industry. Our companies include Midland National® Life Insurance Company (including Sammons® Corporate Markets); North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®; Sammons Institutional Group® (including Midland Retirement Distributors® and  Sammons Retirement Solutions®) and Beacon Capital Management, Inc. Together, we offer today’s most sought-after life insurance, annuity, and retirement planning products.


Midland National was originally founded as Dakota Mutual in 1906.