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Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne Raises $19,700 for Nonprofits and Surprises Four with $5,000 each for Giving Tuesday

Posted: November 30th 2021

Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne Raises $19,700 for Nonprofits and Surprises Four with $5,000 each for Giving Tuesday

November 30, 2021 – Fort Wayne, IN – Every year the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne challenges all nonprofits with endowment funds at the Community Foundation to participate in the #GivingTuesdayFW Challenge. The Community Foundation asks the community for gifts to the nonprofit endowments to help them be sustainable for years to come. This year, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne helped raise $19,700 for local nonprofits! The nonprofit to raise the most money in each of our four giving areas received a surprise $5,000 check on Giving Tuesday.

The four nonprofits and their giving area are:

  • Cinema Center in Arts and Culture
  • Community Harvest Food Bank in Health and Human Services
  • Fort Wayne Astronomical Society in Community Development
  • Fort Wayne Center for Learning in Education

“We want to thank all of the individuals who donate to help the nonprofits in our community,” said Alison Gerardot. “As we continue to recover from the pandemic, it’s the generosity of our community that will help nonprofits to grow and thrive. We continue to be inspired by philanthropy in our community, on Giving Tuesday and beyond.”

Sustainability through an endowment is more important than ever for our nonprofit community. There is instability in government grants, the transfer of generational wealth and tax laws changing, so it’s important for a nonprofit to have a long-term sustainability plan. Nonprofits are doing vital work and improving lives in our community, and we at the Community Foundation want to be a resource to help them in becoming sustainable for the long-term, a piece of which is endowment building.

All four surprise check presentations can be found online on the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne’s Facebook Page.

For nearly 100 years, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has been a public charitable foundation serving Allen County since 1922. The Community Foundation had assets of approximately $183 million at December 31, 2020 and awarded more than $7.9 million in charitable grants and scholarships in that year. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne does three things: help people make their charitable giving more impactful, connect funding to nonprofits through effective grantmaking, and provide leadership to address community needs to improve quality of life. Every day we connect people and resources to build a more vibrant community.


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