For the rest of the year, every dollar donated to the Hawcreek-Flat Rock Endowment will do $3 worth of good in the community.
Former Hope area resident Tim Andrews, of Princeton, N.J., and Heritage Fund - the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County each are donating matching funds for every public donation up to a total of $10,000, according to Celeste Yonushonis, the Heritage Fund's director of finance.
That means $10,000 would become $30,000 if enough people open up their hearts and their wallets by Dec. 31.
"I think it comes at a good time," Yonushoni said. "People are always generous around the holidays."
The Hawcreek-Flat Rock Endowment, founded in 2002, provides grants to not-for-profit groups and projects in the Hawcreek and Flat Rock townships, here in northeastern Bartholomew County. To date, more than $158,527 in grants have been made to area not-for-profit organizations.
Adam Miller, president of the Hawcreek-Flat Rock Endowment, said he wasn't expecting any match at all about four months ago as he sent around emails to update a circle of supporters about the endowment. But Andrews, who was in that circle, came forward with the generous promise of a dollar-for-dollar match.
Miller shouldn't have been surprised. As a former resident who made it big in the publishing and Internet industries, Andrews had donated generously on numerous occasions before, Miller said. In fact, his funding had helped launch and support many Hope-area programs, including HSJ Online, which benefits to this day.
But this time was different.
Andrews contacted Tracy Souza, the Heritage Fund's president and CEO, and suggested that the community foundation provide its own match, which would turn any generous donation into a potential windfall.
"This has never happened before," Miller said. "I really appreciate everything they're doing for this community."
The Hawcreek-Flat Rock Endowment will send out applications in March or April for those nonprofit entities that would like to try for a share of funding, Miller said. Disbursements should go out around the start of June.
Past recipients have included the Yellow Trail Museum and the Hope Town Square.
To donate, checks can be made out and sent either to:
The Hawcreek-Flat Rock Endowment, Box 202, Hope, IN 47246.
Heritage Fund - the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, 538 Franklin St., Columbus, IN 47201.