Blackford students in kindergarten through 4th grade were the beneficiaries of generous donors whose contributions on Giving Tuesday were matched by a national nonprofit.
On Giving Tuesday, November 28, local donors made contributions that qualified for matching dollars from the national 1:1 Fund. The total amount contributed that day was $10,595.
Blackford County Promise is a program that helps youth in Blackford County dream about their future careers and save for education beyond high school. Those donations will be used to help more local youth open CollegeChoice 529 accounts with an initial $25 deposit and to encourage families to contribute to the accounts by providing matching funds for their own deposits. At this time 617 Blackford County kindergarten through fourth-grade students have CollegeChoice 529 accounts.
In addition to matches for their savings, youth also experience a visit to a college campus and classroom activities that help them dream about possible careers. The Blackford County Promise is a partnership between the Blackford County Community Foundation, Blackford County Schools, Blackford County Economic Development Corporation and Citizens State Bank.
This is the first time the Blackford Promise and the Foundation have participated in these national giving day activities. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity. It is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and kicks off the holiday giving season.
To learn more about the Blackford County Promise, visit www.blackfordcountypromise.org or call Elizabeth Witt at the Blackford County Community Foundation at 765.348.3411.