This summer, members of the governing committee/board of the Community Foundation of Marshall County are paying visits to programs that have received grants from the foundation.
Recently, the Community Foundation awarded more than $99,000 in grants for projects in categories such as arts and culture, community betterment, education, historic preservation and human services.
One evening, CFMC board member, Joel Greer met Nick Loney at the Marshalltown Football League equipment building to fit young boys with new helmets, partially funded by a grant from CFMC. Loney explained the need to provide the safest equipment possible for young people and the ongoing cost that represents for the club. With approximately 800 kids playing football the grant was instrumental in acquiring new, lighter weight and safer helmets.
Members of the Marshalltown Football League were fitted for equipment. The grants from the Community Foundation of Marshall County helped fund the new helmet purchase.
"Nine-year-old Gage doesn't care where the money came from for the helmets, but he knows his new helmet feels good and fits better than the older ones. The smile behind the faceguard told the whole story," Greer said. "As we were leaving, one of the mothers turned to say 'thanks.' This experience confirms why I am a believer in the Community Foundation's mission of helping local non-profit organizations."
While the CFMC helps the community with the grant money provided, the needs are far greater than what the foundation can meet. This year, requests for funds totaled more than $300,000 and the foundation was able to provide nearly a third of that need.
"Wouldn't it be great if more of the organizations that ask for grants had endowed funds to help them serve the people of our communities?" said Bettie Bolar, development associate for CFMC.
An endowment can provide a source of funds forever. For example, if MFL had an endowment, they could use the funds for ongoing equipment replacement, scholarships for young people who need support to be able to participate or save it for a major project.
"Starting an endowment for a favorite nonprofit organization is a great way to give back to the community, assure the success of the organization for the future, and feel good about charitable giving," Greer said.
The Community Foundation of Marshall County, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, can provide information to help individuals, families or even businesses make the most of their charitable interests. The CFMC is located at 11 N. First Ave. and can be reached at 641-754-5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org