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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