Legacy Foundation matches funds with nonprofits

2013-03-25T00:00:00Z Legacy Foundation matches funds with nonprofitsBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
March 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Legacy Foundation has announces the success of the Knight Foundation Match Grant Challenge, thanks to the generous support of local donors combined with national support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Legacy Foundation partners with national foundations to increase the investment in services for the Lake County community.

During the 2012 holiday season, Legacy Foundation fund holders raised more than $30,000 to grow their endowment funds that support a range of Lake County needs. Fund holders put Legacy’s Donor Engagement Platform, an online fundraising tool, to the test by campaigning for online donations that would be matched by the Knight Foundation.

"By making it easier to donate online, we hope to merge people's personal passions with Lake County needs," said Bahia Ramos Synnott, director/community foundations at Knight Foundation.

The Knight Foundation, a $2.2 billion national funder, is committed to making Gary a more informed and engaged community, investing up to $2.5 million in the area, as part of its $70 million Community Foundation Initiative. Legacy Foundation holds the Knight Foundation permanent endowment fund that will serve the Gary area perpetually.

Using the Donor Engagement Platform, residents are able to search for causes that match their giving interests, search for volunteer opportunities, and make donations to Lake County nonprofit organizations and Legacy Foundation funds.

"We're excited by the prospect of new digital tools making it easier for residents to connect more deeply with nonprofits in the community," Ramos Synnott said.

During the Knight Foundation Match Grant Challenge, all individuals, families and nonprofit organizations holding a fund at Legacy Foundation were encouraged to promote their good works on the Foundation’s Donor Engagement Platform.

“Legacy’s Donor Engagement Platform is, hands down, the easiest fundraising tool I’ve ever used for harnessing the donor potential of my personal network,” said John Vinzant, president of Miller Community Fund Inc. “I was really pleased at how seamlessly Legacy handled both the donor and remittance process.”

Of the organizations that participated, Chorus Angelorum raised the most dollars for its fund. The participating funds support education, community development, health, and other causes throughout Lake County.

Participating Fund Holders

  • Cara M. Spicer Special Scholarship Fund
  • Hammond Education Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Lisa Austgen Education Fund
  • Miller Community Endowment Fund
  • Highland Community Foundation Endowment Fund
  • Meals on Wheels Endowment Fund
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Fund
  • Legacy Foundation Endowment Fund (LCCF)
  • Chorus Angelorum Endowment Fund
  • Womenade Fund
  • Boys and Girls Club Endowment Fund

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