Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle
On May 16, members of the Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle gathered at the Akron Community Center for their annual social.
During the event, $6,000 in grants were awarded to four local organizations. These grants were made possible by members’ contributions.
Judy Climie, Giving Circle chairwoman, welcomed attendees and thanked them for their participation and dedication to the community and the Giving Circle. Shoda Beehler spoke about the granting process as chairman of the grant committee. Grantees then gave a five minute overview of their project and members voted for their favorite charity. The results of the vote determined the amount of each organization’s grant. Those amounts were as follows:
CASA of Fulton County gathered the top award of $2,000 for a backyard privacy fence to better serve the children and families in the CASA program.
Manitou Center received $1,500 to purchase work tables and a new front door.
Kosciusko County Educational Development Group was awarded $1,250 for their Graduation Coach program which mentors Tippecanoe Valley students who are at risk for dropping out of school.
Fulton County Habitat for Humanity received $1,250 to purchase new windows for the 13th Habitat House.
Entertainment was provided by the trio of Jessica, Leah, and Susannah Richardson. The sisters performed several traditional songs on the violin, cello and harp. Light refreshments were also served.
Formed in 2010, the Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle draws upon the wisdom and resources of Fulton County women to create a better community through charitable giving. Since inception, $17,500 has been given in grants to local projects and organizations.
Giving Circle members contribute $120 annually, half of which is used for current community needs. The other half is added to an endowment fund within the Community Foundation, from which earnings are used to make additional grants within the community.
For more information about the Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle, contact the Fulton County Community Foundation at 224-3223.
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