Community Foundation Celebrates #GivingTuesday
The Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) held an Open House on November 29th in celebration of #GivingTuesday. During the event, 68 gifts were made, totaling $74,170. $53,595 of this total was given to community funds, and $25,000 of that was matched by the FCCF. All gifts made to the FCCF will help to better the quality of life in Fulton County.
“It was humbling to have so many community members come out to support Fulton County,” said Brian Johnson, FCCF Director of Development. “Following Thanksgiving, the focus is turned to shopping for Christmas gifts. #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to bring the focus back to giving locally and meaningfully, and I think that this was a success in Fulton County.”
The event was covered by a live broadcast with Tom Bair, WROI radio station manager. During the Open House, community members gathered to watch a “Year in Review” video and to hear about the projects that received grants in 2016. Several representatives from organizations that received grants were present and spoke on Facebook Live about the way their organizations are using the grants to impact Fulton County.
Robin Burkett catered the event with breakfast, lunch, and a beautiful display of desserts. The FCCF was also treated to a musical performance by the Manitous.
#GivingTuesday was born at 92nd Street Y (92Y), a community and cultural center in New York in 2012. The social media tag encourages individuals, families, nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses, and corporations to share with one another how they’re making a difference on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It also encourages the donation of time, resources, and talents to address local need. #GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of the generosity of people around the world to bring real change in their communities.
In 2015, nonprofits raised more than $117 million online on #GivingTuesday to help make the world a better place in countless ways. Much more was generated offline and through donations of time and other resources. People participated in #GivingTuesday activities in 71 countries around the globe last year, and this year, participating countries include Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more. This was the FCCF’s 2nd year participating in #GivingTuesday.
The Fulton County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) public trust. The mission of the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our communities by assisting donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes. We do this by building endowment funds for our communities with contributions, both large and small.
For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Brian Johnson at the Fulton County Community Foundation at 574-223-2227.
History of the Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle
Women’s Giving Circles are not unique to Fulton County. The Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) was aware of the widespread initiative. When the idea was brought up in a FCCF meeting, Judy Climie and Barb Lutterbein decided it was time to see if there were other women in the community interested in starting a Women’s Giving Circle. The two women began to contact individuals who they believed might want to be a part of the cause.
A steering committee was formed, and they soon sent formal invitations to their first organizational event, which was held in the fall of 2010. Over 100 women attended the event!
In just six years, the FCWGC has granted $34,000 to organizations that support Fulton County. Additionally, the endowment fund has grown to a balance of over $35,000.
The FCWGC has supported many charitable organizations in Fulton County, such as Books Offer Our Kids Success (BOOKS), Fulton County Habitat for Humanity, Compassionate Health Center, the Henry Township Fire Dept., Kosciusko County Shelter for Abuse (which also services Fulton County residents), CASA, Fulton County Cancer Fund, and more. The FCWGC even helped to bring the Russian singing group, LYRA, to a local church for a community performance.
Sharing their causes with the FCWGC also helps the organizations to spread knowledge about how they benefit Fulton County. This can result in increased support for the organization as members gain insight about the good work they do. The Fulton County Cancer Fund, for example, received a FCWGC grant in 2011, but they also gained support from members, as well as from other people in the community as they heard about the Cancer Fund. Since 2011, their donation intake has grown tremendously!
The FCWGC members have also made many fun memories. Each year, they welcome musical entertainment at their annual event. They’ve had more traditional musicians, the local acoustic-oriented folk Americana group Return to Normal, and they recently had a rock and roll duo!
Since 2010, the Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle has been empowering the women of Fulton County to combine their resources and together fulfill their desire to give to their community in a meaningful way. It is the hope of the organization that more young women will become involved so that they can pass on the value of philanthropy to the next generation. Individuals can certainly make a difference, but when many individuals combine their efforts for the same cause, the impact on the community is immeasurable.
the Fulton County Community Foundation
Since 1993, Fulton County Community Foundation has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of this great community. The Community Foundation gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. We work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.
Fulton County Community Foundation is proud to be a part of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). The NICF allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost efficient. This way Fulton County donations can do more—right here in Fulton County.
So far, Fulton County Community Foundation has dispersed nearly 10 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $12.8 million in assets and administers over 160 funds.
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