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Fulton County Women Giving Circle Awards Yearly Grants
May 10, 2016 –Programs that support the young and not-as-young members of the community were funded through grants from the Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle at their annual 2016 banquet.
The Giving Circle awarded $5,000 on Tuesday, May 10 at the Akron Community Center. Members of the Giving Circle vote for their favorite programs and initiatives to receive these funds from dues and a growing endowment fund.
This year’s grant recipients were selected from a pool of nine applicants. The grant committee of the Giving Circle reviewed all submissions and selected the Fulton County Council on Aging, Fulton County Junior Achievement, and Fulton County Youth Leadership Academy, to go before the entire group for the final decision. All finalist receive grant dollars.
Each finalist made a short presentation to the audience who cast a vote for the first, second, and third place grant dollar awards.
The Fulton County Council on Aging won the first place award of $2,500. Georgia Moudy, Executive Director of the Council on Aging shared examples of the services that are offered at the Fulton County Community Center, where they and other community services organizations such as United Ministries, Transpo, and food pantry are housed. Ms. Moundy explained with the grant would help pay for services and programs that enable and encourage senior citizens, low income, and disadvantaged persons. Budget cuts have decreased the federal and state monetary support and Area Five Agency has reduced food service to seniors by one day a month. The grant would ensure seniors would not lose a day for warm food and provide supplies for programing and activities.
Mary Kay, President of the Fulton County Youth Leadership Academy told of ways the Academy seeks to develop, promote, and mentor future community leaders. Students learn trust, communication, personal and civic responsibility, problem solving, community awareness, local government functions, and leadership of self, team, organizations, and community. They received a second place grant of $1,500 which will help with expenses of their opening retreat at Geneva Conference Center and their business and social etiquette meetings at Winnfield Crossing.
The third place recipient of $1,000 was Junior Achievement of Fulton County and the Economics for Success program. Julie Dyson, Area Coordinator spoke of the Junior Achievement program and how it prepares young people for success in the global economy and own their economic future. Along with a local board of directors, Junior Achievement provides economic education in schools within the county. Together they work to provide professional development programs to over 1,500 students annually. The Economics for Success program explores personal finance and students’ education and career options based on their skills, interests, and values. It also demonstrate the economic benefits of staying in school.
“This was a wonderful evening filled with friends gathering for a great cause”, said Judy Clime, President of the Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle. “We especially appreciated the music provided by Rocky Addair and Derik Cordill. They made the evening fun and special.”
The Giving Circle fulfill their mission through annual dues of $120 to the Fulton County Community Foundation. Half of the dues are distributed each year through grants. The remainder are put into a growing endowment fund for current and future grant cycles.
Since 2011, the Giving Circle has awarded $34,000 to local charitable organizations, and established a permanent endowment of over $42,000 that will benefit the Circle and the Fulton County community forever.
Women interested in joining the Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle, should contact Brian Johnson, Director of Development for the Fulton County Community Foundation at 574- 224-3223 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Receives Technology Grant
A grant of $4,000 was presented to the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce to upgrade software systems and technology tools to help the Chamber provide a more efficient, effective, and professional experience for their members and the public.
This is the first year that the FCCF has re-worked their granting procedure to be more responsive to the community by eliminating deadlines for many of their applications.
“When seeking grants from the Community Foundation, some organizations were restricted by the time frame of their project, and the deadlines of our applications,” said Brian Johnson, Director of Development at the Fulton County Community Foundation.
“By opening the process throughout the year, we hope to better serve agencies, and encourage them to apply at any time during the year,” Johnson continued.
Deadlines do apply to some Community Foundation applications. The Kewanna-Union Township Grant and the Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle grant applications continue to have a deadline date.
The Fulton County Women’s Giving Circle inspires Fulton County women to create a better community. They make grants in the range of $800 - $2,400. The deadline is April 15, 2016.
A Kewanna-Union Township Grant is especially for programs and projects within the Kewanna-Union Township community. There is $2,500 available and the deadline is May 6, 2016.
For more information about the granting process at the FCCF, visit the FCCF grant page, contact Brian Johnson at 224-3223, or Associate Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Corinne Becknell Lucas at 223-2227.
Elizabeth Good Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
A Rochester Community High School student has been named the Fulton County Community Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Elizabeth Good will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Good is the daughter of Brad and Kathy Good and plans to pursue a degree in elementary education. She is student body Vice-President, a member of the Fulton County Youth Leadership Academy, and member of the National Honor Society. Elizabeth is also a four year member of the Zebra volleyball, and softball teams.
Good was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of fourteen applicants by the Fulton County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.
During the selection process, the applications are ‘blinded’ meaning that the identities of the applicants are removed. The Committee scores applicants on academic performance, volunteer and paid work, school activities and honors as well as essays. Of the fourteen applicants, four finalists were selected for a final review. These finalists were asked to write an impromptu essay and had a personal interview with the Scholarship Committee. The Committee narrowed the field to one nominee as their recommendation. Finalists’ applications are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents thirty-one regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.
The students who were finalists and interviewed for the scholarship were Victoria Lee, and Katherine Schaller, seniors at Rochester Community High School, and Mia Shively who attends Indiana Academy. Each finalist will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
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