Jaime Toppe, Executive Director of the Scott County Community Foundation, recently spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club dinner meeting at the Quality Inn in Scottsburg. Pictured are from left to right Kiwanis President David Wilson, Jaime Toppe and Kiwanis member Monte Roth. Jaime announced that the Foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. The Community Foundation has awarded over $3 million in grants in the past 19 years.
The Foundation invests the money that has been donated for unrestricted purposes, and awards grants from the amount earned on its investments. For the long term growth and financial health of the Foundation, the annual award grants are limited to 4% of the balance of the fund. All grant recipients are non-profit, charitable organizations.
The Youth Grantmaking Council (YGC), a part of the Community Foundation, has 65 students from grades 5 through 12. The members elect officers, and the YGC solicits grant applications, evaluates the applications, and awards grants for the selected projects. The YGC develops leadership skills through active involvement in philanthropic activities.
The Scott County Community Foundation will hold a series of quarterly workshops designed to help non-profit organizations. The first workshop was held on November 3, 2016, at the Lifelong Learning Center. This workshop reviewed the essential responsibilities of every nonprofit board of directors, regardless of mission, size or location. Participants leave with a better understanding of what the duties of a board are, and with the tools needed to perform those duties. Participants also understand the foundation for a great working relationship between the lead staff person and the board.
December 12th, 2016, will be Community Foundation Day. The Foundation will celebrate with an Open House at their offices, 60 N. Main Street, Scottsburg.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club thanked Jaime for her work with the Scott County Community Foundation and for all that she does for the children of Scott County.