Today We Celebrate Progress

Today We Celebrate Progress

Happy THANKuary! JANuary and FEBRuary are months for making intentional THANK YOUs—and we couldn’t be more thankful for YOU and your commitment to investing your charitable giving in Grant County! THANK YOU!

Even with the coronavirus, this has been a BIG year for us here at the Community Foundation—and it’s all because of donors like YOU! In a safe a socially-distanced manner, we were able to serve our donors, serve local nonprofits, and serve as a catalyst for positive change in Grant County once again. THANK YOU!

Consider our entire 2019-2020 Punctuation Annual Report as an enormous THANK YOU from us, emphasized by the ever-faithful, ever-true Exclamation Point! There’s no better symbol than this tall, dark, and handsome punctuation giant to express the gratitude we have for everyone involved in the achievements we’ve had this past year. On Pages 24 – 25, you can find a few of the Highlights & Milestones & Successes, Oh My!

One additional milestone we are thrilled to announce is that after spending the past three years as #1 in child poverty in the state of Indiana, we have now moved down to 7th. The data shows that we graduated to 22.7% of our children living in poverty from 31% when the data was released last year. We did the math—not counting the 80 children that moved out of the county—and are happy to report that 1,024 more children are thriving this year than this same time last year. That forward movement is worth celebrating! THANK YOU!

We realize that it’s not solely because we’ve placed a spotlight on our poor child poverty statistic when we first learned the statistic in 2015. And it’s not only because we’ve been laser-focused on this issue ever since. But it is because multiple nonprofits and their donors (including ours!) are all working together and doing their part, progressing toward a thriving community. Focused, determined, strategic; everyone doing their part. That’s how you fight systemic issues like poverty and why we continue to seek donations to continue our work. THANK YOU!

Because of our collective efforts, our child poverty rate is the lowest it has been since 2006—15 years ago! It will take all of us collectively working together, beginning again, each good day and every bad day, learning about poverty in their area, talking with the community, and addressing each issue. THANK YOU!

So, today, we will celebrate progress. But tomorrow we will continue addressing our mission—again connecting people, resources, and causes to promote sustainable impact for the betterment of Grant County. Because, it’s not Grant County verses the state of Indiana or even Grant County verses another county. It’s literally today’s Grant County verses yesterday’s Grant County—our fiercest competition…our former self. We need to do better than we did last week, last month, last year, and even in the last decade. It will take all of us collectively working together, beginning again, each good day and every bad day. Because of our collective efforts, our child poverty rate is the lowest it has been since 2006—15 years ago! THANK YOU!

The Community Foundation’s work is designed to create lasting change in Grant County, so when you give of your time, talent, and treasure to our mission, YOU are a vital part of creating positive impact in our community. To continue supporting our mission, donate online at www.GiveToGrant.org/Collab or mail a check to 505 W Third St, Marion, IN 46952. And call us at 765-662-0065 if you’d like to learn more about how you can be involved in supporting this important work. THANK YOU!

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