2019 Giving Summary
In 2019, over $100,000 in grants were awarded for charitable initiatives.
2019 Donations Geographically
Total – $119,874
What We Funded in 2019
Associated Church’s programs work to ensure those most in need in Fort Wayne have the resources and information they need to provide for their families, to pursue their potential and to become fully self-sufficient. Our support will provide hardship support for military personnel and their families.
Our support this year for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute goes to internship opportunities for young adults. Specifically, we are funding The Foster Youth Internship Program which is a Congressional internship for young adults who spent many of their formative years in the foster care system. This unique leadership development program launches this vulnerable group of young people into their professional careers.
The Lilly center for Lakes & Streams, makes the lakes and streams of Kosciusko County clean, healthy, safe and beautiful through applied research, engaging education and intentional collaboration. The Center is actively collaborating with volunteers at Bass Lake, located in Starke County. This grant will allow the Center to acquire additional equipment for lake algae testing.
Paws and Think to Paws and Think, Inc. is an Indianapolis-based organization with a mission to improve lives through the power of the human-dog connection. Our grant will expand the Paws to Read Program for children aged 6 – 12. This program helps children gain confidence, improve reading and communication skills and develop a love of reading.
Starfish Initiative is an Indianapolis-based college and career preparatory program that matches academically promising, economically disadvantaged high school students with college-educated mentors. Our grant will help fund a one-day conference, a day of inspiration and encouragement for male scholars.
Super Shot provides year-round community immunization clinics in four sites throughout Allen County, conducts a program to remind parents their child is due for an immunization and educates the community about the importance of immunizations. The Luminous grant will fund the development of an HPV (Human Papillomavirus) immunization awareness campaign.
The Luminous Fund grant will purchase one Cuddle Cot, a cooling unit used to keep a deceased infant from deteriorating quickly, allowing grieving families to have more time to say goodbye. This Cuddle Cot will be available for Fort Wayne area hospitals if the need arises. Our grant will also fund bereavement folders for grieving families.
The Hive is a ladies’ giving circle for Starke County, established through the Starke County Community Foundation. Members’s contributions are pooled together to give annual grants to Starke County charitable projects. Our donation will be split between The Hive 2019 grant cycle and The Hive Giving Circle Endowment Fund.
The mission of Place of Grace is to provide a Christian based therapeutic home with long-term recovery services to help women break their cycle of destructive behavior related to addiction, abuse, and poverty. The primary focus of the program is on assisting women who are exiting incarceration and reentering the community. Programming is provided at the house that encourages spiritual growth, life skills, and recovery skills. Financial Support from the Luminous Fund is being used to purchase program supplies and provide training for staff members in order to improve programs at Place of Grace.
Women’s Care Center is a pregnancy resource center dedicated to loving and serving moms and babies in the Fort Wayne community and beyond. With services including free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, goals counseling and parenting classes, they help moms maintain healthy pregnancies and reach self-sufficiency. The grant from Luminous Fund will allow the Women’s Care Center to provide valuable prenatal care and education to mothers who might not otherwise have access to it.