Area Community Funds celebrate “Community Giving to Community” campaign with Open House Events on Gi

Check out your local community fund on Giving Tuesday, November 27, when they celebrate their Community Giving to Community campaign. Meet the volunteers, learn more and enjoy refreshments.

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation is celebrating the “Community Giving to Community” campaigns on November 27 to continue to build five Community Funds across the local area. Why November 27? Every year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is referred to as Giving Tuesday, an internationally recognized day of giving back to the causes you love. This special day follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, and is a day dedicated to taking a break from gift shopping for your favorite people and instead give a gift to your favorite charitable cause.

“We are excited about the Community Giving to Community campaign celebrations on Giving Tuesday,” says Chris Fulton, Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Executive Director. “This is truly the gift that keeps on giving. During our campaign, when you give to an Area Community Fund, your donation is doubled. Plus, your gift continues to give each year because Community Funds are endowed, which means that the annual money going back to your community is a portion of the interest. The bulk of the endowment grows and lasts forever.”

The five Area Community Funds provide a way for citizens and businesses to give to their local community. These growing Community Funds are in the areas surrounding Deer River, Greenway, Hill City, Nashwauk, and the Greater Itasca Area. Each Fund has an advisory committee of local volunteers that oversee grants for programs and activities throughout the community. Annual earnings derived from the invested endowment are granted to local non-profit and charitable needs that benefit local organizations and families.

Stop in, meet the volunteers, and learn about your Area Community Fund on Tuesday, November 27:

Deer River Area Community Fund

Deer River High School Commons

4-6 p.m

Informational Meeting for non-profits, snacks will be served. Fund Advisory Committee Members include: Richard Anderson, Amber Kongsjord, Emily Benham, Gerry Dederick, Gwenn Smith, Heather Schjenken, Jim Peterson, Marsha Green, and Linda Baker.

Hill City Area Community Fund

City Hall Community Room

10 a.m. – 4 p.m

Coffee, conversation and snacks. Fund Advisory Committee Members include: Grace Derfler, Tom Fasteland, Sue Kaslow, Bill Klennert, Dan Kingsley, David Lange, Mike Lentz, Darrell Mishler, Maureen Mishler, Anne Marcotte, Stephanie Payment, and Pat Rendle.

Greater Itasca Area Community Fund

Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation

8 a.m. – 5 p.m

Coffee, conversation and donuts. Fund Advisory Committee Members include: BJ Hansen, Bud Schneider, Gwynne Bobich, Mary Kosak, Mary Ives, and Kelly Hain.

Greenway Area Community Fund

Ron’s Korner Market (Marble) and RJ’s Market Place (Coleraine)

7 a.m. – 5 p.m

Fund Advisory Committee members include: Daidre Breen, Barb Gibeau, Cricket Guyer, LaNea Johnson, Carissa Nelson, Maria Peluso, Claire Peterlin, Mindy Tammi, Lynda Tarbuck, Casey Venema, Kim Venema, Ann Vidovic, Jane Chamberlin, Bob Lawson, and Putty Arm.

Nashwauk Area Community Fund

American Bank

10 a.m. – 5 p.m

Coffee, conversation and snacks. Find out where this year's grants are being awarded! Fund Advisory Committee Members include: Robin Gangl, Patti Perreault, Brian Gangl, Ben Sletten, Warren Stolp, Aaron Clusiau, Denny Blomberg, Ben DeNucci, and Beth Voigt.

Donations to a Community Fund can take many forms, from cash to gifts of assets such as property or stock. All gifts and donations to Area Community Funds are accepted through the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation and go directly in to the specified Area Community Fund. You can make your donation in person, through the mail or online. Call (218) 999-9100 to find out more about donating assets to support your favorite community fund. We can help you arrange something now, or as part of a future estate plan.

Checks must be made payable to: The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation. Place the name of your Community Fund on the memo line.

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