Now 88 members strong, The Cookie Jar awarded $6,000 in grants on Thursday, November 7th during the 4th Annual Cookie Jar Soiree! Taking home the top prize, voted on my the members, was Purdue Extension for a new parenting program that targets "at-risk" families. Extension Educator Kelsie Muller accepted the $4,000 award, “I’m very thankful to The Cookie Jar members for their votes to support our parenting program. The funds will help us reach our targeted audience and allow us to make a greater impact on Benton County families.”
Two other finalists also received grant funds that evening. Benton Central's Friends of Rachel Club received $1,250 for programs that encourage a chain reaction of kindness in the schools. Cookie Jar members also awarded $750 to The Compass for the "Souper Saturday" lunch program that feeds approximately 50-80 people at each offering.
With a gift of $100, or more, any woman can join The Cookie Jar. Of the $40,000 raised in just four short years, half has been given away in grants and the other half has created an endowment (much like a savings account) that will support future grants to help women and girls in our community!
Many thanks to all of The Cookie Jar members for making these grants possible and to the many wonderful organizations addressing the needs and creating opportunities in Benton County.Posted November 12th, 2013
Writing letters to Santa isn't just for kids! Benton Community Foundation (with some help from Santa) is going to give away a total of $2,500 to local non-profit organizations and we need your help to decide who will receive the gifts. Send Santa a letter by Noon on Monday, December 2nd to tell him about your favorite organization
. Make sure to include contact information and some details about their programs and associated expenses.
The week of December 16th, Santa will visit five lucky organizations and give them each $500. An early Christmas gift from the Foundation, the Letters 2 Santa program gives us a chance to reward great organizations and give you a voice in the process. For more information, please read the Letters 2 Santa Guidelines
on our website. Winners will be posted daily at www.bentoncf.org
and on the Foundation's Facebook
Last year Santa visited Head Start, Friends of the Village, Imagination Library, Otterbein Methodist Church Preschool and the volunteers of the Benton Community School Supply Fund! Where do you think he should land his sled this year?
Posted October 15th, 2013