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Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund Supporting New Fire Station

Photo courtesy of Jayme Goetz

The Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) is pleased to announce a grant from the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund, a fund of the SCCF, of $25,000 in support of the new Hamlet-Davis Township Volunteer Fire Station.

Furthermore, it is the intent of the Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund advisor to recommend a gift of $25,000 for the next seven years following this initial gift, for a total of $200,000.

The Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund was established by James ‘Jim’ Hardesty at the Starke County Community Foundation in 2005 to support charitable endeavors in Starke County. Jim was dedicated to the Town of Hamlet and the surrounding community all of his life, and the SCCF and his family feel that he would have been pleased to support this building project.



Preschool Scholarships Available

The NICF is in the second year of a partnership with local preschools, schools and other organizations,to offer preschool scholarships for the children of Fulton, Miami and Starke Counties.

The goal of the program is to make one year of preschool education affordable to every child in our counties. Need-based scholarships are available to families of four-year-old children.

Many people underestimate the importance of preschool education. The expectations of what a child entering kindergarten should know have risen dramatically in recent years and local children who arrive for kindergarten unprepared often have difficulty catching up to their peers.

Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain growth happens by the age of five, and children who attend preschool are more likely to read at grade level, graduate from high school, and continue on to secondary education.

Rigorous studies have shown that for every dollar invested in early childhood education programs for low-income children, between $4 and $9 is returned to the community.

These financial returns come in the form of reduced special education costs, less grade repetition in schools, better job preparedness and a greater ability to meet future labor force demands, higher incomes due to higher educational attainment, fewer welfare payments, and lower criminal casualties and prison costs.

“It’s clear that investing in early childhood education leads to long-term community benefits that would be unwise to ignore,” says NICF Executive Director Jay Albright.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact corinne@nicf.org. To contribute, visit the Giving Connection to invest in the Preschool Scholarship Program for Fulton, Miami or Starke County children.

 

Welcome to Northern Indiana Community Foundation

Since 1993, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc. (NICF) has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of the community. The NICF serves the Community Foundations of Starke, Fulton and Miami Counties. This arrangement allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost-efficient. Thus gifts can do more for the counties they are given to.

The NICF is a public trust, a public charity that gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. Operating under state and federal laws, we work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.

Contact the NICF at 574.223.2227 or toll free 877.432.6423

 

 

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