ECF meets the challenge for $100,000 of matching funds for the future

In August 2015 the Emporia Community Foundation trustees, launching a campaign to raise funds for its own endowed fund, embraced what Gandhi once said, “The future depends on what you do today.” Knowing that what can be done to increase its Fund for the Future today will continue to give back to the community forever, the trustees launched a campaign to raise $1 million by 2020.

As the campaign began, an anonymous donor offered a dollar-for-dollar challenge match that was quickly met by mid-September. Because of the success of this challenge, the donor made another challenge by offering another $50,000 if the foundation were to receive enough funds to increase their Fund for the Future endowment to the $450,000 level by Dec. 15.

“We are happy to announce that our challenge was met and we are slightly over halfway to raising the $1 million toward our goal,” said Mark Schreiber, ECF board president. “This is a huge shot in the arm as the foundation continues to fulfill its mission of helping with the causes that matter in our community.

“By increasing our Fund for the Future, we will be able provide increased personalized services through a full-time professional staff in addition to expanding our grant program where the need is greater than the ability to fund the many needs in our community,” he said.

Donors can give to Fund for the Future knowing the investment income will continue to impact the community for perpetuity. The campaign to raise $1 million by 2020 is ongoing and the foundation’s trustees continue to reach out to supporters to encourage them to invest in their community.

“We are very grateful for the support of those who stepped up to help the Foundation meet the challenge match of our very generous anonymous donor,” said Shirley Antes, ECF executive director.

For more information or to make a donation can contact the Emporia Community Foundation at 620-342-9304 or [email protected].

Information thanks to the Emporia Community Foundation.

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