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Area United Ways announce new Community Challenge Grant

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The United Ways in Lake and Porter counties have announced a new broaden-the-base community challenge matching grant opportunity to draw new donors to the effort and to encourage current contributors to step up and increase their donation.

The grant opportunity is made possible by the Indiana Association of United Ways with support from Lilly Endowment. It is designed to help local communities rebuild their campaigns which have suffered because of the economy as well as to encourage new donors in 2010 and 2011.
Under terms of the grant, it will match dollar-for-dollar all new corporate, union treasury, employee, personal leadership contributions of $1,000 or more and individual gifts at any amount. For current givers who increase their donation, the grant will match the increased portion 100 percent.

Donors who have decreased their giving or had temporarily halted their gift can help their community claim the match by resuming their support.

“Indiana United Ways have had a tough fund raising environment since 2008, and we wanted to provide an incentive program to attract new and increasing giving,” Roger Frick, Lake Are United Way’s president, said. “Each community United Way is eligible for 10 percent of what they raised in 2007.”

Based on that formula, the Lake Area United Way is eligible for a maximum of $524,000 over the next two campaigns. The United Way of Porter County can draw down a total of $214,000. In order to secure the match grant, both organizations must first raise new contributions.

The grant will be used by both United Ways to support a new “Success by Six” initiative to prepare young children to enter kindergarten ready to learn as well as other local and regional collaborations.

Local volunteer leaders say this is a wonderful opportunity for United Way supporters in Lake and Porter counties to make an even bigger impact in their home community.

“We really hope this community grant opportunity will encourage people and organizations to join us in our work in the critical areas of education, financial stability and health,” Ray Kasmark, business manager of IBEW Local 697 and campaign chair for Lake Area United Way, said.

Jean Phelps and her husband Jerry are co-owners of Express Employment Professionals and co-campaign chairs for the United Way of Porter County. She said in these tough economic times with ever increasing community needs, this match grant will multiply the impact of the donor’s gift.

“These are the basics we all need to live a better life in Northwest Indiana,” Phelps said.

For more information about making a contribution or setting up a new workplace campaign to take advantage of the community challenge matching grant opportunity, contact the Lake Area United Way at 219-923-2302, or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.lauw.org”www.lauw.org. To contact the United Way of Porter County, call 219-464-3583, or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.unitedwaypc.org”www.unitedwaypc.org.


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