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Miami County #GivingTuesday

The Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) celebrated #GivingTuesday on November 29th with a live broadcast on WARU. The MCCF also invited community members to stop by the office for hot cider and doughnuts. During the event, 10 gifts were made, totaling $5,300. $2,500 of those gifts were matched by the MCCF.

#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 MCCF’s 2nd year participating in #GivingTuesday.

The Miami 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 Connie Cutler at the Miami County Community Foundation at 765-475-2859.

MCCF Grants to Community Projects and Preschool Scholarships in 2016

Maconaquah School Corporation is the recipient of a $10,000 Impact Grant for the Maconaquah Cattle Company project.

This year, the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) awarded $40,000 to local charitable organizations to improve the quality of life in Miami County.

The final 2016 grant was awarded to Peru Cal Ripkin Youth Baseball in the amount of $4,800. The grant will be used to construct six dugouts for athletes ages 4-8. Peru Cal Ripkin Youth Baseball has hosted three state-level events in the last two years. The tournaments increase economic activity in the community.

With this final grant, the 2016 MCCF grant cycle is closed for the year. Applications for the next grant cycle will be available January 2017.

Miami Nation of Indians
Ivy Tech Community College
Ole Olsen's Children's Theatre Workshop
Circus City Festival

The Miami Nation of Indians in Indiana strives to preserve and share the history and culture of the Miami Tribe. For the next four years (2016-2019), the Tribe will receive $5,000 yearly, totaling $20,000 for renovations to their Tribal Complex, specifically for classroom and exhibit upgrades.

The Tribe resides in the former Peru High School. The organization has, for decades, provided an emergency shelter to the community, a food bank, and rooms for county organizations to utilize. They work to share their rich history, customs, and heritage, which are integral to Indiana history.

Maconaquah School Corporation is the recipient of $10,000 for its Maconaquah Cattle Company project. The program will allow classes of students from the Middle School to participate in the purchasing, raising, and breeding of beef cattle on the school’s campus, and the beef will be processed for consumption in the Maconaquah school cafeterias.

Students will be provided with an authentic learning opportunity as they raise and study the cattle and learn about the engineering process behind building the pole barn in which the cattle will live. Students will also study the biology of cattle and the business aspect of agriculture. The mission of Maconaquah School Corporation is, “inspiring and empowering our students to meet tomorrow’s challenges,” which they believe is reflected in this unique project.

Education will also be supported with $2,700 for Ivy Tech Community College’s Peru site. Ivy Tech will create a more inviting appearance and community-friendly environment by adding landscaping along the north side of the campus. Plans include removal of an overgrown pine tree, removal of several tree stumps, and planting of arborvitae, shrubs, flowering trees, and mulched flower beds.

The Circus City Festival spruced up the outside of its building at 154 N. Broadway with the $2,500 it was awarded. The organization painted the front and back of the main building. Thanks to the ongoing grant cycle at the MCCF, the project was able to be funded and completed before the Festival’s July extravaganza. The Circus City Festival and the Peru Amateur Circus has been servicing the community for 57 years.

The Ole Olsen Children’s Theatre performed William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” as a part of CTW’s “Shake it Up with Shakespeare” program. With the help of $1,000 from the MCCF, the group took a new twist on the Bard’s classic comedy. With a backdrop of the western plains, the play was reimagined to reflect a cowboy sensibility with music from Cole Porter’s “Kiss me, Kate” rearrange for the show by Aaaron Birnell. Performances were free to the public and performed at Peru’s Ivy Tech Campus.

The MCCF supported education by granting $4,000 to be used for scholarships for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship finalists who do not ultimately receive the Lilly Scholarship.

Additionally, $400 was awarded for a Grant Station, and $2,500 was allocated to be used for #GivingTuesday matching dollars.

The MCCF is excited to see the impact that these grant dollars will have on the communities of Miami County through these worthy organizations.

In an effort to make grant dollars more accessible to community projects, the MCCF has decided to remove deadlines from many of their applications. By removing application deadlines, MCCF grant dollars have been more accessible to community programs and projects throughout the year.

An ongoing preschool program at the Community Foundation benefited from $7,100 for preschool scholarships for Miami County children. This ongoing commitment from the MCCF ensures that every child has the opportunity of having one year of preschool. Scholarship awards are based on a family's financial need.

Grants are made possible through MCCF Community Funds. These are the same funds that benefited from a successful Lilly Endowment, Inc. matching challenge, where donations of $500,000 were matched dollar for dollar. These endowed Community Funds will continue to grow and support community projects now and forever.

Those interested in applying for grants in 2017 should contact the Community Foundation at 765-475-2859 or e-mail

Welcome to the Miami County Community Foundation
Miami County is a wonderful community with a rich heritage, steeped in history. Since 1993, Miami 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.

Miami 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 Miami County donations can do more—right here in Miami County.

So far, Miami County Community Foundation has dispersed nearly 5.2 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $7.6 million in assets and administers over 140 funds.