30 Aug Crowdfunding Campaigns Exceeded Goals
(Marion, IN – August 26, 2022) The Community Foundation of Grant County is excited to announce both Habitat for Humanity of Grant County (Habitat) and City of Marion Parks and Recreation Department (the City of Marion) exceeded their crowdfunding campaign goals.
The Community Foundation offers crowdfunding opportunities to Grant County organizations annually. Organizations apply for this opportunity during the annual Give to Grant Cycle in the spring. If a crowdfunding proposal is approved, organizations have 60 days to raise dollar-for-dollar what they requested in their proposal.
Habitat exceeded its crowdfunding goal of $20,000 by raising $25,679 from community contributions. Combined with $20,000 in matching dollars from the Foundation this makes a total of $45,679 to support the construction of a new Habitat home in Grant County.
The City of Marion exceeded its crowdfunding goal of $20,000 by raising $22,775 from community contributions. Combined with $20,000 in matching dollars from the Foundation this makes a total of $42,775 to fund the dredging and renovation of the Matter Park fishing pond.
Together, in just two months, Grant County donors contributed $48,454 to these two crowdfunding campaigns. With matching dollars from the Foundation, this makes a total of $88,454 raised to support the betterment of Grant County through these efforts.
“The generosity of each crowdfunding donor leaves me humbled and grateful.” Says Meagan Mathias of the Community Foundation. “Both campaigns were grassroots efforts that highlight two very important causes in Grant County. The Chiquito family will now have a home to call their own, where they can build equity and financial freedom. Families will create new memories while fishing in the renovated pond with replenished native fish stock. I am proud of Habitat for Humanity and the City of Marion for their dedication to the community and the vision of seeing the possibility in Grant County, and bringing it to fruition. I am honored that Habitat and the City of Marion chose the Community Foundation to come alongside them for the betterment of Grant County.”
The Foundation tracked all charitable contributions made by donors for each project. Both crowdfunding goals were met by their deadlines and all donations plus the matching funds will be awarded to each campaign.
Habitat for Humanity of Grant County
The main goal of the Habitat campaign was to raise funds to be used for Habitat’s Homeownership Program, and specifically the 56th home build in Grant County.
Habitat is a non-profit housing ministry. They build simple, affordable homes for families in need, and sell them at no profit. Since established in 1993, Habitat has helped 55 Grant County families achieve the dream of homeownership. Habitat’s long-term goal is to grow to a minimum of building two homes per year in Grant County.
To the donors and partners of the Crowdfunding Campaign, Lora Lacy, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity says, “Thank you to the community for helping Habitat for Humanity of Grant County exceed our Crowdfunding match. Habitat for Humanity of Grant County is excited to provide Celeste and her children with an ADA accessible home.”
City of Marion Parks and Recreation Department (City of Marion)
The goal of the City of Marion campaign was to fund the dredging and renovation of the Matter Park fishing pond.
The water quality and habitat of this pond have degraded over the years due to excessive nutrients and sediment being funneled into the pond from the surrounding land. This caused an explosion of algal growth that choked out fish and other wildlife.
To renovate the pond, it will be drained to remove sediment from the bottom. The pond banks will then be re-shaped to address erosion. This will improve access to the pond for fishing and allow for the establishment of native plants, providing a habitat for wildlife. Glacial stone will be placed along the west shoreline to reinforce the banks and add aesthetic value. Fish nesting structures will also be added to the pond, along with a selection of native fish, to promote natural reproduction and sustainable fish populations. Boulders and native plants will also be added to the inflow and outflow streams to reduce erosion and improve wildlife habitat. Each of these elements will improve the area for recreation and enjoyment of the outdoors.
“The City of Marion Parks Department is excited that we were able to exceed our goal for the Community Foundation’s matching crowdfunding grant,” said Taylere McCoy, Maintenance & Operations Assistant at the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Marion. “Our community is so generous, and we are grateful to have such amazing support. With this grant money, we will be able to dredge and renovate our fishing pond, which is the most important piece of our project. This will improve water quality, the natural beauty of the area, and outdoor recreation resources for everyone who visits Matter Park. We can’t wait to start construction this fall, and to show everyone involved what they have helped us accomplish.”
Visit GiveToGrant.org/Grants to learn about Community Foundation grant opportunities or call 765-662-0065.
About the Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc.
The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. is an advocate for local philanthropy and is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the Grant County area. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1984, the Foundation works with donors to establish charitable funds and supports nonprofit organizations through a variety of grantmaking efforts. The Community Foundation connects people, resources, and causes to promote sustainable impact for the betterment of Grant County. Currently the Community Foundation holds over 400 charitable funds that support a variety of charities and charitable causes in Grant County. For more information, please visit www.GiveToGrant.org or call 765-662-0065.