Published: December 6, 2018
A few weeks ago we received some totally unexpected but wonderful news. Today, December 6th, we held a press conference to share this exciting news with our community. The Montgomery County Community Foundation has received a grant of $500,000 as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.'s seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative.
What does this mean for our community? With this matching fund grant, we will have a greater capacity to meet the ever-changing needs and challenges in our community. In addition, our donors will receive even more for their charitable giving. New gifts to unrestricted funds will receive two dollars for every dollar given - so if you are looking for ways to grow your established unrestricted fund, or considering starting one, there has never been a better time. Gifts to designated, field of interest, or scholarship funds will also be matched in the amount of .50 cents for every dollar given. It is a win-win situation no matter how you choose to give! For more details of this amazing opportunity, please click here to read our press release, or here for our latest BRIDGES newsletter.
We were so glad to have several of our fund owners, donors, and representatives from local nonprofit agencies at our press conference. We also deeply appreciated our guest speakers: Judy Wynne, MCCF fund owner and grants committee member; Larry Paarlberg, Director of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum; Shannon Joyce, MCCF scholarship recipient, and Trey Etcheson from Hoosier Heartland State Bank. They spoke about the impact of unrestricted funds, the benefits our community receives from MCCF grants, the educational opportunities provided by MCCF scholarships, and the permanence of endowed funds.