?Youth Grantmaking Council raises nearly $4,700 for match PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 January 2009 00:00
?    The Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council, a program of the Scott County Community Foundation, raised almost $4,700 for a matching grant opportunity through the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana.
    The goal of the grant, which was provided by the Paul Ogle Foundation, was for local communities to increase their youth philanthropy endowment funds. Scott County, along with six other Southern Indiana counties, had the opportunity for all donations to be matched dollar for dollar through December 15.
    “We congratulate the Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council on its successful efforts to raise matching funds for youth philanthropy endowment,” said Eileen Ryan, Program Director for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana. “Growing new generations of philanthropists is a benefit to society as a whole and to the development of young people as they learn to give and serve, build leadership skills and become civically engaged in their local community.”
    Money earned by the youth and community will be used for youth projects and to add to the Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council Fund. The Council awarded almost $4,500 in grants this past spring to youth-related projects in the community. They also collect donations each month for charitable organizations.
    The Council is comprised of students from throughout the county: Patricia Bacala, Carmen Boley, Brandon Boswell, Lindsey Boswell, Evan Comer, Rachael Dixon, Kayla Griffen, Lauren Howser, Kevin Jentzen, Erin Lapp, Kaleb Mount, Joey Payne, Caity Rice, Jordan Shuler, Braxton Soloe, Hunter Steinkamp, Keeli Stewart, Jerel Taylor, Luke Taylor and Isaiah Turner. The group is facilitated by adult leaders Brandon Polley and Jaime Toppe.
    Student members have worked hard since last December, raising dollars through solicitations from individuals, companies and foundations, personal donations, lollipop fund-raisers, raffle and sno-cone sales at the Back to School Bash, a bake sale, a candy bar fund-raiser, Hat Day fund-raiser, Christmas stocking stuffer fund-raiser, and earnings from Goodsearch.com.
    “I’m really excited that the council was able to come together and work this hard to get as much money as we did in as short a time period as we had,” said President Evan Comer. “It goes to show how well we work together as a group.”
    For more information on how to donate to the existing endowment fund or learn more about the Youth Grantmaking Council, call 752-2057, e-mail Scott County Community Foundation staff at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or stop in the Scott County Community Foundation office at 60 North Main Street, Scottsburg. Information can also be found on the website, www.scottcountyfoundation.org/youthcouncil.htm.
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