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Porter County Foundation celebrates Philanthropy Day

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Published on November 09, 2010 with No Comments

The Porter County Community Foundation will join more than 700 community foundations across America in celebrating Community Foundation Week, Nov. 12-18, and the 25th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15.

The national recognition helps us raise awareness about the extraordinary impact nonprofit organizations make in each of our communities and the people who support their work,” Barb Young, president of the Porter County Community Foundation, said.

In the United States alone, there are more than 1 million charitable organizations serving our communities and Americans give more than $300 billion annually to support their favorite causes. “We are proud of the role that the Porter County Community Foundation plays in facilitating this giving and in helping people make an impact right here in Porter County,” Young added.

The foundation works to enhance the quality of life in Porter County by providing funds through grants. Young said the foundation was thrilled to have recently awarded more than $77,000 in their second round of 2010 community grants, which went toward funding essential programs and services at 10 area not-for-profits.

ìOur community is fortunate to have so many generous people who donate to the Porter County Community Foundation as a way to support charities that mean the most to them,” Young said.ìWe canít thank them enough for partnering with the Foundation to build a stronger community for all.”

In 2009, the Porter County Community Foundation invested more than $1.4 million in the form of grants. The grants have provided emergency assistance funds, supported mentoring programs for at-risk children, purchased building supplies for projects to repair the homes of the elderly, funded substance abuse programming and more.

ìWith these grants we are making a difference in peopleís lives today,” Young said.

For more information on the Porter County Community Foundation, call 219-465-0294, visit www.portercountyfoundation.org.

SIDE BAR OPTIONS:

The recipients of the latest 2010 Community Grants were:

- College Mentors for Kids

- Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

- Hilltop Neighborhood House

- Dunes Learning Center

- Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department

- Portage Community Theatre

- Portage Resale Shop

- Portage Township YMCA

- Porter County Aging & Community Services, and

- Rebuilding Together-Hebron

Foundation Hours

Join the Porter County Community Foundation for a Foundation Hour tour. This casual gathering and program introduces you to the foundation and some of the peoplewho are making a difference in our community.

Upcoming Foundation Hours include:

- Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

- Dec. 8 at 8 a.m.

- Jan. 11, 2011 at 4 p.m., and

- Feb. 9, 2011 at 8 a.m.

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