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Girls Giving Fund awards first grant

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On Thursday, October 18, more than 20 girls and their families gathered at the Porter County Community Foundation for the inaugural Girls’ Giving Fund Grant Celebration to award their first-ever grant to a local nonprofit.

The Girls’ Giving Fund is a newly established giving circle with the Porter County Community Foundation, made up of seven to 13-year-old girls from all over Porter County. The circle was launched in the spring of 2018 to empower young givers with the knowledge that they can make a difference in our community and allow this new generation to experience the joy of giving.

Twenty-six girls each raised at least $100, collectively bringing in $3,000. Thanks to the generosity of a local donor, $1,000 was added to their total, allowing the girls to award a $4,000 grant that evening.

The first-ever Girls’ Giving Fund grant was awarded to the Porter County Parks Department. The other finalists, Memorial Opera House and Our Greater Good, each received a $500 grant.

In addition, two local donors each gave $1,000 to start the Girls’ Giving Fund Endowment, ensuring the girls can continue to make a difference in Porter County forever.

“It’s really encouraging to see kids get excited about giving and the impact it has on our community,” said Bill Higbie, president and CEO of the Porter County Community Foundation. “Each one of these 26 girls did something creative to raise $100. Collectively, they were able to make a significant gift to the Porter County Parks, which benefits countless people from all over our community.”

If you know of a young woman who is interested in participating in the Girls’ Giving Fund, contact Bonny Hildebrand at the Foundation (219)465-0294.

The Foundation inspires giving and engages the community to improve lives in Porter County now and forever.

To learn more, contact the Foundation at (219)465-0294 or visit


Posted 10/30/2018




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