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In October 1934, Professor Guy March, together with collegial alumni in the Black Hills area, formed the SDSM&T Alumni Association and published the first Hardrock magazine.

In 1954, the SDSM&T Endowment Association was chartered as a not-for-profit South Dakota corporation and was designated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service. 
In June 1960, the Alumni Association was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of South Dakota and subsequently was granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service.     

In 1980, the SDSM&T Foundation evolved from the Endowment Association. The Foundation office opened and efforts were initiated to solicit funds for SDSM&T. At this time the Alumni Association contributed some 90% of its assets to the formation of the Foundation. Annual awards (Guy E. March medal, Distinguished Alumni, Outstanding Recent Graduates), the annual reunion of the 50-year graduates and an all-school reunion every five years are long-standing traditions organized by the Alumni Association and embraced by the family of alumni.

In 1994, the Arch was adopted as the official logo of the SDSM&T Foundation.  
In 2000, the SDSM&T Foundation celebrated the successful completion of its first-ever capital campaign, VISION 2000, raising over $20 million for scholarships, faculty support, and department support. This campaign was followed by another, BUILDING THE DREAM, in 2012 resulting in an additional $50 million. 
In 2015, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Foundation adopted SD Mines Foundation as an informal name for doing business.  

On July 1, 2020, the SD Mines Foundation and the SDSM&T Alumni Association merged into a single, not-for-profit South Dakota Corporation entitled the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Center for Alumni Relations & Advancement (CARA). 


We promote the traditions, interests, influence and reputation of South Dakota Mines among alumni and friends through meaningful engagement and by inspiring and stewarding philanthropy.

Vision Statement

We will be a global network of alumni and friends who advance the prominence of South Dakota Mines.


•    Collaboration: We work toward common goals with each other, the University, and stakeholders.
•    Tradition: We celebrate the traditions and legacies that connect us as a South Dakota Mines family.
•    Excellence: We are committed to the highest quality in all we do.
•    Diversity and Inclusion: We value the diversity of unique backgrounds, experience, perspectives, and talents within our community and among our alumni and friends.
•    Stewardship: We operate with integrity and transparency as excellent stewards of the resources  entrusted to us.

Mines Advancement Fund

The Mines Advancement Fund supports the greatest needs of our students and faculty, including scholarships, department resources, facilities updates, industry partnerships, and more. With every dollar gifted to the Mines Advancement Fund, the Center for Alumni Relations & Advancement raises an average of $9 more to support departments, scholarships, and programs. 
Consider designating your gift to the Mines Advancement Fund to maximize your influence at South Dakota Mines.