In late January, a burst pipe causing an emergency situation at St. Jude House, a Crown Point family violence prevention center and shelter where nearly 400 adults and children seek safety and peace each year. Within a week, the Crown Point Community Foundation was there to help with a $10,500 Community grant to repair damage to the children’s activity room and other areas of the facility.
Individually and collectively, Crown Point Community Foundation (CPCF) donors make community connections and advance the common good.
“People believe in this community, and the good things the Foundation does,” CPCF President Pat Huber said. “We work with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create endowment funds and distribute grants for charitable causes. The Foundation has a rich history of donors that have established funds.”
Established in 1990 to build public giving partnerships that connect donors with nonprofits and community projects, CPCF now has $21.5 million in assets, administers more than 300 funds and has made grants totaling more than $7 million.
Along with Community grant work, giving opportunities include the CPCF Board of Directors Unrestricted Endowment fund, Foundation operating needs, Scholarship program, Women’s Giving Circle program and Restricted Endowment funds.
Donors have the option of giving any amount to an existing fund or starting an endowment with a unique purpose for a minimum contribution of $5,000. Since Community Foundations operate in perpetuity, all gifts made to CPCF will continue to meet the needs of the community forever.
Prior to becoming a donor to the Unrestricted Endowment fund, Paul Wellman was submitting grant applications to the Crown Point Community Foundation.
“About seven years ago a couple of organizations I was involved with were seeking funds for programs,” he said. “Then, a few years later, when I was invited to the Gala as a guest, I started to really see what they were doing in the community – collecting donations and setting up funds. The next year I hosted a table and got a better feel for how they have a pulse on the community. Since they were doing such a great job, I put some money together in support of the community. I chose the Unrestricted fund which puts a great deal of trust in the people running the Foundation because it establishes a relationship between us and the community where the needs are always changing.”
In 2013 CPCF gift receipts totaled $2,034,177, with $723,782 awarded in grants and scholarships.