10/04/13 Board Chairman of the Marshall County Community Foundation, Jerry Gates took the podium last week and reflected on the past year starting with the 12-12-12 event tagged ‘The Greatest Single Day of Charity in the history of Marshall County’. The twelve-hour marathon saw $538,699.45 contributed to endowment funds that support more than 72 non-profit agencies and charitable causes. Other highlights among the many cited included distribution of $142,175 in grant awards; the selection of Northern Trust as the new investment management team for MCCF ; selection of another exceptional Lily Scholarship recipient; and establishment of 17 new funds for a total of over 300 funds at the Foundation. Assets at the end of year were $28,632,674.72.
Several staff changes occurred in the office of the Community Foundation with Connie Kreps on board as Director of Accounting and Finance. Kristen Houin Harman joined the staff Monday as Manager of Administrative Services replacing Lyn Ward who is retiring after six years. She plans to donate more time to her passions—Encore Performing Arts, Plymouth Farmers’ Market, Wythougan Valley Preservation among them. She was given a $500 gift card for MCCF to award to the charities of her choice and indicated that may well be Encore and Wythougan’s funds.
Linda Yoder, Executive Director of the Community Foundation, looked forward to the coming year. She thanked Dan Tyree, Jennifer Felke, Mike Delp and Kelsey Flynn as well as the students and staff at the Weidner School of Inquiry for opening their doors for the annual meeting. Throughout the evening, a Powerpoint presentation gave snapshots of the ways people are supporting the local community. “We are collecting more stories from both donors and recipients—they inspire us,” she said. “Those from all walks of life, all income levels can ‘leave a legacy’ right here in Marshall County for even stronger—even more vibrant communities.” She reiterated the impact of the partnership with Northern Trust which will provide new donor options to better match the needs and interests of individual donors and organizations who already have a fund or are considering starting one. On Tuesday, December 3, a Give Day will feature non-profit organizations with an opportunity to learn more about new donor options. In closing, she thanked the board members and donors as well as all who have served over the last 22 years since the inception of MCCF.