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New Endowment Fund Will Benefit the Advancement of Women in the Culver Area

04/07/11 The Board of Directors of the Marshall County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of a new permanent endowment fund and the first affinity group associated with the MCCF. An affinity group is a collection of individuals who work together to support a common cause.

Started by 16 Culver area women, the LIFT Endowment Fund Agreement was signed during a ceremony on Friday, February 25, 2011. Known as the LIFT Group, these 16 women hope to use their skills, talents, and friendship to lift other women to success, as LIFT is an acronym for Lending Inspirational Friendship Together.

The LIFT Group is a voluntary association of women who desire to collectively support the advancement of women in the Culver area through mentoring, volunteering, and financial resources. This donor advised fund will allow the group to support women in the Culver area to succeed in both their personal and professional lives. The group’s ultimate goal is to help women who can then later join the LIFT Group.

The LIFT Fund is the first affinity endowment fund at MCCF, and President and CEO of MCCF, Jennifer S. Maddox, is very excited to be a member of this new affinity fund, which was inspired by board member Carolyn J. Kline. This fund is the culmination of hard work starting in the fall of 2010. Founding donors and members of the LIFT Group include Joan M. Bess, Julie A. Bess, Rosalie Beigh Bonine, Pamela C. Buxton, Anne O. Duff, Carolyn J. Kline, Kathleen Daly Kline, the late Rita Lawson, Kathleen J. Lintner, Jennifer S. Maddox, Nancy Nowalk McKinnis, Jennifer K.

Morgan, Ginny Bess Munroe, Emily Payson Ryman, Susan Campbell Thews, and Barbara Winters.

The Marshall County Community Foundation is a public charity with local roots that helps great ideas take flight through endowment philanthropy.  We are Community-Minded Partners, Trusted Investors, Visionary Thinkers, and Opportunity Connectors.

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