#GivingTuesday 2017 – Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana

Posted: November 13th 2018

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana - Giving Tuesday 2017 recipient

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana

For #GivingTuesday 2017, Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana was one of the four recipients of the Community Foundation’s surprise #GivingTuesday gifts.

Here’s what they had to say when we checked in about last year’s #GivingTuesday gift:

“It was thrilling for a long-running program such as Kids on the Block to be additionally recognized by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. Staff at Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana (MHANI) were expecting a brief interview regarding our programs, but were completely surprised to be given a check! Receiving a #GivingTuesday gift was a pleasant surprise for MHANI, and we are so grateful for the Community Foundation’s generosity.

MHANI was thrilled to receive the grant, due to the great impact that Kids on the Block continues to have on third graders in Allen County. Kids on the Block teaches children about disabilities, peer pressure, and bullying through various skits acted out by puppets. Skits are conducted in classrooms in all four Allen County public school systems. This long-standing program is closely aligned to MHANI’s mission of advocacy and education, as it provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about disabilities and gain an improved understanding of their classmates who are living with disabilities.

This gift meant a lot to MHANI and the staff who conduct the Kids on the Block programming. There are so many great organizations which receive support from the Community Foundation, that it was really special for MHANI, a grassroots non-profit, to receive a #GivingTuesday gift.” – Lisa Smith, Executive Director

For  #GivingTuesday this year, we are doing the #GivingTuesdayFW Challenge. The Community Foundation is encouraging nonprofits to raise funds for their endowments held at the Community Foundation between October 19th and November 18th, 2018 at 11:59 pm.  The top raising nonprofit in each of our giving areas (Health & Human Services, Youth & Education, Arts & Culture, Community Development) will be receive a surprise unrestricted gift from the Community Foundation on #GivingTuesday November 27th, 2018.

For more information, a list of eligible nonprofits you can donate to, or to donate visit our #GivingTuesdayFW Challenge page.

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