“It was the best of times. . .”
- Charles Dickens
Wow, I can’t believe it, but we are almost five months into 2014. Time goes so quickly. It’s time for me to provide an update of the Crown Point Community Foundation work during the past couple of months.
Spring has been a busy time for the foundation. This was the first year the foundation took scholarship applications online. Students were able to complete the application and submit their essays and transcripts online.
This year, 212 students participated in the application process. That’s a 27 percent increase in applications. We are so grateful to our community volunteers that help score the applications.
There are 15 community members that read through and score each application. Students are scored on school and community activities, work experience, curriculum difficulty, financial need and other criteria. Approximately 50 students were selected for the interview process.
To date, the foundation has awarded more than $245,000 in scholarship dollars to 84 students. We wish all students success as they head off to further their education in an effort to secure better jobs for their future. We thank our donors who make these scholarship opportunities possible.
On May 6, the foundation participated in “Give Local Crown Point,” a 24-hour online donor day. Twenty-five nonprofits registered to participate in Give Local Day. Each nonprofit marketed the event to their donor base.
The Crown Point Community Foundation also provided an additional $4,000 in grant prizes. The prizes were fun; such as the largest gift within two minutes of noon – the Lunch Time prize. Or the Home Stretch Award, granting $1,000 to the nonprofit receipting the most gifts from the hours of 9 to 11:30 p.m.
This fundraising effort helped draw awareness to web giving and to the nonprofits participating in the event. It also raised more than $14,500 in 24 hours for participating nonprofits. The prizes for the day were awarded to:
MAAP Services – Over Achiever Award, $1,000
Meals on Wheels of NWI – Home Stretch Award, $1,000
Forest Ridge Academy – Give Local Lunch Award, $1,000
Power Paws for Kids Inc. AAT – Game On Award, $1,000
Each year, the foundation celebrates the successes of the previous year and welcomes new board members to the rank and file at an annual dinner meeting. The board hosted our annual dinner meeting April 30 and welcomed Marilyn Kaper, of Cedar Lake, to the board. She and her husband, Charlie Kaper, own Cedar Lake Florist.
Current board member Linda Armstrong will serve as secretary to the board, filling the seat left vacant by Kathryn Schmidt, who served from May, 2007 to May, 2014.
It has been a busy four months at the Crown Point Community Foundation. With summertime gearing up, there will be lots more activity. We will keep you informed of all the good works happening at the foundation office.