The Gift That Benefits Many
The warm weather of fall has certainly lingered well into November this year and it is hard to imagine that we will soon be listening to Christmas songs, decorating our homes and trees with lights, and scrambling to think of that perfect gift to buy for our favorite family member, friend, or co-worker. It’s a decision we must make every year and we make countless lists of ideas focusing in on our gift recipients’ hobbies and activities as we consider what they like to read, watch, wear, eat, and drink. The lists go on and on and more often than naught, we have a tendency to lose those lists or end up having several lying around that add confusion to our life! A daunting and time consuming task it becomes to find that perfect gift that will express how important they are to us and our hope is they won’t want to re-gift it or exchange it for something else.
As we enter this season of benevolence, remembering those that we love and care for, we at the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains encourage you to think outside your normal realm of gift giving. This year why not consider making a donation to the Community Foundation in honor of that special person that you want to acknowledge? There are over 150 funds managed by the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains and each endowment is very unique in and of itself. You can find a fund to coordinate with just about any interest of your gift recipient including scholarships for students attending college for nursing, music, history, education and the arts. Likewise, there are scholarships for the culinary arts and for automotive trade schools. The Community Foundation currently has assets above 7.5 million dollars and nearly 2.5 million dollars in our funds were designated to schools last year. What a difference your gift will make in the life of a student who is faced with the rising cost of tuition and increased expenses for his education!
The Community Foundation also manages funds that benefit human resource agencies, animal shelters, parks, food pantries, farming, healthcare, hospice, libraries and fire departments. The Foundation will work with any charity or organization. One particular fund, the Women Helping Women Fund, prioritizes women’s concerns including safety, economic justice, education and leadership. There is even a flexible new fund called “Undesignated Fund” that provides funding for unpredictable needs or urgent crisis in our community. There is a fund for just about any charitable purpose one would consider and we currently have donors and recipients from northeastern PA to as far away as England and Japan.
As we enter this season of gift giving, may you consider making a donation to the Community Foundation in lieu of purchasing that typical Christmas sweater or box of candy. Recently, a family made a very generous gift of $1,000 to the Foundation to benefit a school district in our county. Whether your gift is small or large when combined with others it will may an even greater impact on our community. Give the gift that keeps on giving for years to come and benefits many in our Communities. Collectively, we can make a difference this Christmas Season. For more information regarding our funds and how you can make a donation to the Community Foundation, please visit our website:www.community-foundation.org or contact us at (570)-278-3800.