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MC Weekly

November 27, 2013

Miami County Community Foundation celebrates 20 years

Organization donates money to new skate park, heritage museum.

It started out as just an idea by a few local individuals. It grew into a $7 million endowment that’s helped thousands of residents in Miami County over the last 20 years.

The Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) celebrated its 20th year supporting the community earlier this month, where guests remembered how the foundation has impacted the lives of local residents.

Patrick Close, director of development for the MCCF, welcomed all honored quests to the event. Tom McKaig, MCCF president, was the guest speaker and emcee who shared how hopefulness is an asset the Community Foundation and its donors bring to Miami County.

Memories of the beginnings of the Community Foundation and its journey through the past 20 years were shared by Susan Perkins and Terri Johnson.

Perkins was one of the founding members of the Community Foundation and told how she was approached about joining the first board of directors. She spoke about the joy of raising the funds necessary to establish the organization in Miami County.

Perkins also served as president of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF), the legal entity of the Community Foundation, and has also served as MCCF Service Committee president.

Johnson, associate director of the GIFT program at the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, shared how the Lilly Endowment began the journey of helping every county in Indiana create a community foundation to help build lasting legacies in Indiana communities.

“With an investment of half a billion dollars to build community foundations in the state, the assets statewide for community foundations are now over two billion dollars,” she said. “That is a good return on investment.”

Two grant recipients were also recognized. The Peru Public Library received $20,000 from the MCCF in 2013. This grant helped purchase new computers and wireless access for the library. Ron Schuckel and Anna Jo McKaig represented the library and spoke of how the Community Foundation has served the library through grants and investing of assets.

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