The last sequential date of this century, Dec. 12 – that is, 12/12/12 – embodied the spirit of the season, as donations totaled $538,565 to the Marshall County Community Foundation. These funds will go toward the endowment funds that will support more than 72 non-profit agencies and charitable causes.
Linda Youder, the executive director for the MCCF, said the overwhelming amount of donations reflected the generosity of Marshall County residents and everyone who supports their local communities. For 12 hours on Dec. 12, any contribution greater than $120 to a permanent MCCF fund qualified for a 12 percent match to be provided by unrestricted funds at MCCF and generous donors.
MCCF’s Asset Development Committee Chairman Mike Overmyer said they thought it would be spectacular to receive $100,000, but raising five times that much was unexpected and phenomenal.
Seven new funds were started and contributions to many of the existing 241 funds will benefit a wide variety of organizations including Ancilla College, Habitat for Humanity, Jane’s Park, Marshall County Historical Society, Marshall County Humane Society, the Plymouth High School Speech and Debate Team, Potawatomi Park, United Way of Marshall County, and Wythougan Valley Preservation. Others to benefit include Boys and Girls Clubs, libraries, fire and EMS departments and cancer research organizations. Thirty-two scholarship funds will receive a boost as well. Several donations to the general endowment will support special initiatives or ever-changing needs of Marshall County.