Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s true, we go together like one of the very best punctuation symbols combined with the number three—that’s right, the less than sign (<) &  3. Put them together and you get love—<3. And, good golly, do we love our donors—that’s you! Thank you so much for your generosity in 2020. While it was a difficult year for us all, it was amazing of you to step up bigtime to bolster our grantmaking!

We’ve never needed your generosity more—and, wow, did you rally! Our combined donations allowed us to help those who needed it most—the local non-profits who serve the most marginalized citizens in Grant County. We helped friends & neighbors who were hit hardest by the Coronavirus due to illness, furloughs, food insecurity, lack of available childcare, & many more negative ripple effects caused by the disease. Because of you, we were able to distribute $1,902,791 in grants last year—the largest grantmaking year in the 36-year history of the Foundation.  As we keep proving year-after-year, there is no better combo than the Foundation & You!

Finally, many of you look forward to our new theme each year. We choose to explain philanthropy through the lens of a good metaphor. It makes it a bit more fun for you, and us, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t serious about local philanthropy—because we are! This year’s theme of Punctuation comes from the Latin word “punctuare”, which means to make a point. Our main point is to build an endowment that will last Grant County forever. We do that through the power of the ampersand. The ampersand is who we are! It’s the connector of endless possibilities. Like us, the ampersand adds, connects, & continues.  Like you, punctuation is important! #Kiss,thecook!

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