Endowed gifts keep giving: Community Foundation announces $100K in grants

COLUMBIA CITY — Understanding the power of endowed giving, some made a gift when the the Community Foundation of Whitley County Inc. opened its doors in 1991; others made a gift as recently as this week.

Thanks to the generosity of local residents past and present, the foundation awarded more than $100,000 in grants to worthy projects and nonprofit organizations during its first funding session of 2018. The list of recipients includes:

• The Center for Whitley County Youth, $17,000, a portion of which will be used to expand programming to reach South Whitley youth, made possible by a grant from the Andy & Toni More Community Fund

• The Whitley County YMCA, $15,000 to provide day camp scholarships to local youth, made possible in part by The Jerry Busche Community Fund; the Tim & Beth Bloom Community Fund; and the Don & Jane Langeloh Community Fund

• Mission 25, $15,000 to assist with costs of opening a new prevention center made possible in part by a grant from the Don & Sharlene Berkshire Community Fund

• TROY School, $12,000 to assist with transportation costs made possible by grants from the Donna K. Harl Fund and the Gary & Ann Dillon Community Fund

• Whitley County 4-H, $10,000 as matching funds toward construction of a handicapped accessible ramp and sidewalk made possible in part by the Greg & Ann Fahl Community Fund and the William & Barbara Overdeer Community Fund

• Whitley County Corrections, $10,000 to help provide mental health assessments to criminal offenders, made possible in part with a grant from The Women’s Giving Circle for Women’s Health

• Camp STEAM Ahead, $7,500 to help local youth engage in learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics this summer made possible in part by a grant from the Don Armstrong Community Fund

• Community Harvest Food Bank, $5,000 to support the Farm Wagon Program in Whitley County, made possible in part by grants from The Jean & Roger Long Fund and the Ferber Family Fund

• South Whitley Youth League, $5,000 toward the cost of sports equipment made possible by a grant from the Jack & Judy Moore Community Fund

• Giving Gardens of Indiana, $3,000 toward the cost of materials for children’s gardening programs made possible by the Greater Good Fund

• Fort Wayne Philharmonic, $2,000 to support the annual Holiday Pops Concert in Columbia City made possible in part with a grant from the Rosemary Steiner Community Fund

• Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Summer Reading Camp, $2,250 for up to six local students to attend this camp designed for reading remediation made possible by The Greater Good Fund

• Royal Family Kids Camp, $2,000 toward the cost of items and supplies for a summer camp for foster children from Whitley County, made possible in part with funding from the Walter & Dorothy Weick Memorial Fund

• Camp Whitley, $1,000 toward scholarships for Whitley County youth, made possible in part with funding from the Walter & Dorothy Weick Memorial Fund

• Churubusco Public Library, $1,000 for outdoor concerts, made possible in part with a grant from the Art’s Alive! Fund

• Columbia City Main Street, $1,000 for a movie on the courthouse square made possible by the Greater Good Fund

• Whitko High School Band, $1,000 toward the cost of new uniforms from the Alan Fox Community Fund

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