BOONE, Iowa—The Boone County Community Endowment awarded $92,367 to 20 County organizations, leveraging another $593,266 in project spending. The 20 recipients were recognized in a ceremony at the Leonard Good Community Center in Ogden last Thursday. Mary Bilden, Chair of the Community Endowment Board, said they had received 37-applications this year, requesting $229,375.
This year is the eighth time that the Boone County Community Endowment has engaged in grant making. The first year, 2006, 10 grants were awarded totaling $42,883. There were 13 grants in 2007 totaling $47,974. In 2008 the grant amount increased to $66,235 for 14 grants. In ’09 17 grants were awarded totaling $98,269. The largest year for awards was $105,650 in 2010 and has been over $84,000 the last two years. Including this year, the Community Endowment Board has distributed $621,696 to Boone County organizations.
The last couple of years, the Endowment Board has encouraged growth in the Endowment itself with it’s “Seeds for Success” program. Foundations and Endowments existing in the county are encouraged to join and expand the size of Boone County’s presence. Those Foundations and Endowments that join continue to control their investment, but do become a part of the family of funds which offer some very good tax incentives.
In the photo, awards were presented to (Back row) Jerry Anderson, Woodward Youth Academy; Ryan Santi, the M Foundation and Woodward Youth Academy; Darren Douglas, M Foundation; Nick Lentz, Boone Area Chamber of Commerce; Jim Bingman, Friends of the Trail Committee; Michael Johnson, Camp Hantesa and Terry Johnson, Genesis Development. Awards were also presented to (Middle Row) Jim Huffman, Friends of the Ledges; Jeff Kehoe and Tyler Bailey, Boone County Transportation; Sara Morton, Boone County Prevention and Community Services; Ashley Fitzgerald, Boone County Fair and Mary Clancy, Boone County ISU Extension and Outreach. Grants were also made to (Front row) Pam Schwartz, Boone County Historical Society; Julie Nash, Boone Homeless Prevention Board; Angela Lewis, Beckwith Adult Day Care; Jennifer Ellis, Genesis Development; Jane Elsberry, Boone Area Humane Society and Laura Teske, YSS.