Miami County Community Foundation Celebrates Twenty Years
A celebration of the Miami County Community Foundation’s (MCCF) twentieth year of supporting the community was held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. What started as an idea by a few prominent local individuals has grown into 7 million dollars in endowment funds for Miami County.
Patrick Close, Director of Development for the MCCF, welcomed all honored quests to the event. Dr. Tom McKaig, MCCF President, was the guest speaker and emcee who shared how hopefulness is an asset that the Community Foundation and its donors bring to Miami County.
Memories of the beginnings of the Community Foundation and its journey through the past twenty years was shared by Susan Perkins and Terri Johnson. Susan was one of the founding members of the Community Foundation and told how she was approached about joining the first board of directors and the joy of raising the funds necessary to establish the organization in Miami County. Susan also served as president of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF), the legal entity of the Community Foundation and has also served as MCCF Service Committee President.
Terri Johnson, Associate Director of the GIFT program at the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, shared how the Lilly Endowment begin the journey of helping every county in Indiana create a community foundation to help build lasting legacies in Indiana communities. “With an investment of half a billion dollars to build community foundations in the state, the assets state wide for community foundations is now over two billion dollars. That is a good return on investment,” said Johnson, who served as NICF Executive Director from 2002 to 2012.
Two grant recipients were also recognized. The Peru Public Library received $20,000 from the MCCF in 2013. This grant helped purchase new computers and wireless access for the library. Ron Schuckel and Anna Jo McKaig represented the library and spoke of how the Community Foundation has served the library through grants and smart investing of assets.
Elise Kordis, Director/Curator of the Miami County Museum spoke about the grant the Museum received in 2013 to purchase display cases for exhibits. This $10,000 grant will help showcase their upcoming exhibit celebrating Miami County agriculture. Currently the museum is exhibiting the history of local newspapers through the years.
Also recognized were current recipients of the 2013 Community Support Grants. Those recipients are; Heritage Museum Foundation who received $1,000 to connect to the Nickel Plate trail extension,
Jay Albright, the Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, closed the evening with a warm thank you to the guests. He recognized new donors who started a relationship with the Community Foundation in 2013 and honored those donors who have supported the organization since 1993. “I plan to make a personal visit to all our current donors in the next year. Patrick and I have been making calls and those who support the foundation should expect to see me in the next few months,” said Albright. “We want to personally thank everyone who has invested in the Community Foundation and hope that they will continue to give in the future.”
The Mayor of Peru, Jim Walker also proclaimed the month of November as Miami County Community Foundation Awareness Month.
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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 3.5 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $7.1 million in assets and administers 142 funds.
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