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April 11, 2014

Guys Who Give: Group hands out first donation

TERRE HAUTE — The Vigo County Education Foundation has received a $13,200 donation from Guys Who Give, a new philanthropic organization in Terre Haute.

It is the first of four annual donations that will be distributed by the Guys Who Give to nonprofit groups in Vigo County.

Guys Who Give members selected the Vigo County Education Foundation from three finalists who were nominated during the group’s first meeting on March 19, said Tom Newlin, a member of the Guys Who Give steering committee.

“A quality education is a necessity for anyone to achieve success and for the future of our community,” he said.    

Jenny Thomas, executive director of the education foundation, accepted the donation and remarked, “This is more than a donation; it is an investment in the future of our students. The foundation is very grateful to be the first organization to benefit from a group that will have a great impact on our community.”       

According to Thomas, the foundation has received more funding requests from teachers this year than ever before. “Foundation grants help fund new programs as well as basic necessities that our teachers must have to be effective educators,” Thomas said.

The Vigo County Education Foundation was created in 1984 to seek financial support to develop programs and projects that enhance public education. During the 2012-13 fiscal year, the foundation awarded $187,000 to teachers and schools.

The Guys Who Give organization has 132 members and is modeled after the successful 100+ Women Who Care, a local group organized in 2013 to support non-profit organizations in Vigo County.  

The women’s group has made donations totaling just over $100,000 to Ivy Tech, the Council on Domestic Abuse, Catholic Charities, Art Spaces, the Terre Haute Humane Society and the Swope Art Museum.

Members of each group agree to donate $100 to establish an endowment fund for their organization at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation and to contribute $100 to the nonprofit organizations selected at each of four annual meetings. Members can nominate a nonprofit organization at each meeting.  

Three finalists are chosen, and the member making the nomination is given five minutes to promote that organization. The finalist receiving the most votes is awarded the donation.  

Persons joining Guys Who Give will be considered charter members if they become a member before Dec. 31. Anyone interested in joining the Guys Who Give or the 100 Plus Women Who Care can call the Wabash Valley Community Foundation at 812-232-2234.

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