AVON — Giving to a worthy cause was never easier. Just click and choose.
At its annual celebration dinner recently, the Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF) launched its Hendricks County Gives (www.hcgives.org ) online giving platform for non-profit crowd-sourcing.
Paired with a $10,000 proportional match challenge up to 1:1, Hendricks County Gives (HC Gives) raised nearly $13,000 in private donations its first weekend. Combined with the $10,000 challenge offered through the HCCF’s Deedee Daniel Opportunity Fund, nearly $23,000 will be made available to six non-profit organizations’ projects during the HC Gives introductory phase.
“This has surpassed even our expectations,” said Executive Director William A. Rhodehamel. “The new platform allows members of the community to go directly to the HC Gives page on the HCCF website and donate directly to a specific project or organization of their choice.”
The HCCF hosted its annual celebration dinner April 25 at the Duke Energy Event Center in Plainfield. Attendees from the community’s public, private, and non-profit sectors explored booths set up by 2012 grant recipients, celebrated the 2013 Lilly Scholars (Aaron Bode of Avon and Benjamin Fouch of Brownsburg), along with the 2013 Duke Energy Indiana Technical Trade Scholar (Parker Sweek of Brownsburg), and mingled with representatives of the 2013 grantee organizations.
At the end of the evening, the HCCF demonstrated Hendricks County Gives and announced the $10,000 match challenge along with the six initial projects:
Hendricks County Arts Council – Art in the Streets;
Cartlidge Barn Project – foundation for the Cartlidge Barn;
One Room School – school repairs and upgrades;
Hendricks County Senior Services – transportation for older adults;
Hendricks County Parks – educational displays for McCloud Nature Park; and
United Way of Central Indiana – Early Readers Program.
HCCF Program Administrator Eric Hessel said, “Hendricks County Gives is not only the future of giving, it fits our vision — literally connecting caring people to the causes that matter to them.”