Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is celebrating National Thank You Month by saying "Thank You" for the great things that are happening in our community because of your support.
In 2012, NCCF awarded 467 grants and scholarships to local students, charities and community organizations.
Donors established 20 new scholarships and 9 new funds based upon the needs and unique characteristics of the community.
One woman's concern with the overpopulation of stray cats led her to establish the Fix Your Feline Fund assisting in spaying and neutering of cats.
Thanks to the community conscious individuals who have established and/or contributed to one of our 370 funds, NCCF made a positive impact in 2012 by distributing $405,500 back into our community.
Grants and scholarships are an important asset to this area. With donors' support, local nonprofits are able to do more for the community.
The Rural Ministry, for example, receives yearly grants from two local family funds, as does the United Way. Through the Community Grants Program, Dunkirk Historical Society received funds to replace a roof and Chautauqua Striders provided tutors to local students.
In 2012, NCCF scholarship funds awarded 266 scholarships, totaling $147,423, to high school graduates moving on to higher education.
NCCF is proud of what we accomplished with your support in 2012. However, our goal in 2013 is to provide more grants and scholarships thus fulfilling our mission of "enriching the area in which we live and work." NCCF needs your help to meet this goal.
As former executive director David Doino was fond of saying, "you don't have to be a millionaire to be a philanthropist."
It is easier than most people believe, as you need only reach out and give what you can afford.
The easiest option is a gift to one of our existing funds or by establishing your own fund.
If you do not have the resources now, you can leave NCCF a bequest through your will or estate plan and join the 22 current David J. Doino Bequest Society members. A Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation membership is another option. NCCF currently has 125 individual and 16 business members whose support goes directly to operating expenses freeing up funds for grantmaking.
Why should you give through NCCF? We are permanent. Most funds are maintained in perpetuity. We are tax deductible. Contributions to the NCCF are eligible for the maximum tax advantages allowed by law. We are accountable. The NCCF's financial records are subject to ongoing oversight by the Board of Directors and an annual independent audit. Community foundations have their own "seal of approval."
Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation displays it with pride because we have met the rigorous National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations and have demonstrated our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability.
Have you ever thought about what kind of personal legacy you want to leave? With a bequest at NCCF, we can assure that your legacy will live long into the future.
When considering how best to give back to the community, please keep Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation in mind. For more information on NCCF and what we do for you and the community, visit our web site at www.nccfoundation.org or call us at 366-4892.