Submitted photo: Dearborn Community Foundation Board member Bill Ward, left, delivers a $1,000 grant check to Special Olympian Ian Alexander. The DCF grant monies are to help athletes involved in Special Olympics Indiana Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Counties to attend the 2018 Summer Olympics.

Special Olympics athlete inspires community foundation donation

The following is one in a series of stories about donations being made in honor of the Dearborn Community Foundation’s 20th anniversary.

The Dearborn Community Foundation Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 Lauren Hill Make A Difference Grant to the Special Olympics Indiana Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Counties to help fund athletes’ participation in the 2018 Summer Games.

As a part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, DCF is awarding 20 proactive grants of $1,000 each to charitable organizations in Dearborn County throughout 2018.

Each of the Foundation’s 15 volunteer Board members gets to recommend a grant and then five lucky attendees to the DCF 20th Anniversary Dinner in late July will be randomly drawn to recommend a $1,000 grant.

The $1,000 grant to the Special Olympics was recommended by DCF Board member Bill Ward of St. Leon. Making a recommendation to support the Special Olympics athletes was an easy one for Ward, a longtime volunteer at North Dearborn Pantry.

One of his Pantry co-volunteers is Special Olympian Ian Alexander.

“I’ve worked with Ian for about eight years now and he’s a fine young man and a great volunteer for North Dearborn Pantry,” said Ward. “I know how important Special Olympics are to him and his fellow athletes. Special Olympics coaches and other volunteers are making a difference in the lives of so many people in our community.”

For 20 years, DCF, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity, has helped donors’ dreams come true by safeguarding endowments for the community through contributions large and small.

Grants awarded by the Dearborn Community Foundation support the needs and interests in Dearborn County in the fields of Art, Culture and Humanities, Community and Public Benefit, Education, Environment and Animal Protection, Human Services, Public Safety and Youth Programs.

In January 2009, DCF received the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability: the seal of approval from the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program operated by the Council on Foundations (COF), a national professional association based in Washington, D.C. DCF was reconfirmed for the National Standards by the COF in 2014.

To learn more about DCF, call 1-812-539-4115, stop by the office at 322 Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg, or visit the Foundation website at www.dearborncf.org.

If you are interested in making a contribution to DCF, visit our website’s “Give Now” page to donate on line and to learn other giving options.