Community Foundation leverages 100th anniversary to help five nonprofits

JJ Henry's photo of funnel near Woodburn

The “Let’s Give, Allen County” campaign celebrates the 100th anniversary of Community Foundations by helping five local nonprofit organizations make strides towards a specific dream.

On Tuesday, May 6, from 6a.m. to 6p.m., the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne will accept funds for those dreams on a special Let’s Give Allen County website.  There, visitors can learn about a new seating campaign for the Fort Wayne Cinema Center, a crisis shelter for the YWCA of NE Indiana, life and job skills camps for the Cornerstone Youth Center,  the SeniorPak program for Community Harvest Food Bank and Team S.O.S. for the Renaissance Pointe YMCA.

David Bennett is the Executive Director for the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.  When asked about the selection process for the  projects, Bennett identified three priorities; “Basic human needs, youth education and arts and culture.”  His team worked with the Youth Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) to chose the categories and organizations that fit into them.  In addition to raising funds for these projects, Bennett said “It’s our hope that we’ll be able to connect more people to local causes. We especially want to involve young people,  age 40 or younger,  in the culture of philanthropy. We also want to increase awareness of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.”

The first Community Foundation was established in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Others followed, including the Community Foundation of Fort Wayne in 1922.  These organizations accept financial gifts and award grants and scholarships to improve the quality of life in communities.  For more information visit their website.

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