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.”
The initial projects from which donors could choose during the matching funds launch, and the total amounts committed so far, are the Hendricks County Arts Council ($2,950), the Cartlidge Barn Project ($12,012), the One Room Schoolhouse ($1,723), Hendricks County Senior Services ($2,738), Hendricks County Parks and Recreation ($2,421), and the United Way’s Early Readers Club ($453).
The Hendricks County Arts Council’s Art in the Streets project is the development of a creative mural on the Gallery on the Square brick wall facing U.S. 36 in downtown Danville.
The Cartlidge Barn Project is working to rebuild a barn that’s nearly 180 years old on the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds, and restore and maintain the structure as a historical and educational farm experience for people of all ages. It will be used for public and private events.
Located in Pittboro, the One Room Schoolhouse is a genuine, refurbished one-room schoolhouse. Here, children (and adults) visit to learn about history and what it was like to attend school a century ago. The building has a long list of much-needed repairs.
Hendricks County Senior Services supports the county’s Senior Services Transportation Program, which provides door-to-door transportation to persons 60 years and older residing in the county who need transportation within the county.
Hendricks County Parks and Recreation requested funding for new educational displays at McCloud Nature Park. Innovative and exciting educational displays are needed to enhance visitors’ understanding of the environment and establish a personal link with nature, a link that is increasingly difficult to establish with the youngest members of the community.
The United Way’s Early Readers Club helps support parents and child-caregivers in helping children become confident and skilled readers by the time they start school. Families can register to receive 12 high-quality children’s books each year until the child’s sixth birthday, providing countless opportunities for children and parents to read together.
The HCCF will offer small instructional workshop training to Hendricks County non-profits on how to use Hendricks County Gives. To be part of HC Gives, a group or organization must have a charitable or philanthropic program or project that directly and primarily impacts Hendricks County. That means they do not have to be a 501(c)(3) organization to post a need on Hendricks County Gives; however, it is important to note that those organizations not designated as a 501(c)(3) will require further review by the HCCF.
Hendricks County Gives does not currently accept applications for operating support or endowment building.