Editorial: Community Foundation advocates for local area

On Monday, the Community Foundation of Jackson County joined more than 700 community foundations across America to mark Community Foundation Week.

For more than 20 years, the Community Foundation of Jackson County has raised awareness about the role of philanthropy and fostered local collaborations and innovations to address persistent civic and economic challenges in our community.

The Foundation serves all of Jackson County from Reddington to Crothersville to Medora to Freetown to Seymour and all points in between.

Launched in 1989 through a proclamation by former president George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address community challenges.

Community foundations in Indiana alone have made more than 22,000 grants in 2011 and hold more than $1.5 billion in assets. Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has said: “Community Foundations in Indiana play a key role in identifying and solving problems across our state. Each foundation has an in-depth knowledge of local concerns which enables them to effectively address the root of many issues. They are the drivers of community enhancements and push our state forward.”

Since its founding in 1992, the Community Foundation of Jackson County has awarded more than $3 million in grants to more than 160 local organizations, and more than 500 students have received scholarships to pursue their educational dreams.

The Community Foundation is an advocate for local philanthropy, providing opportunities for donors to make a difference in their own unique ways through charitable giving. The Community Foundation celebrates the rich past of Jackson County and looks to a bright future. Together, we grow tomorrows.

Bud Walther is president of Community Foundation of Jackson County. Send comments to ddavis@tribtown.com.

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