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Some have started with developinga Community Project Fund, which inturn has lead to fundraising and addi- tional grants, possibly volunteering on a committee, becoming and Ambassador, developing an organizational endowment, or more.The Youth Advisory Committee might be a point of entry as well if you’re under the age of 18. As the name describesit involves area youth in leadership and philanthropy. The committee recently took on the goal of finding fun and safe activi- ties for high school aged youth. This entry point can lead to generational giving.“The Battle Creek Community Foundation gives everyone the chance to support the needs of our community through giving, volunteering, and lead- ing. We are like a one stop shop,” says Lynn Ward Gray, Development Officer. “For me, volunteerism is probably the key to all of it.”Staff works together with others in the community to engage in unique solutions or to make connections between organi- zations. “We are here for the community; to be a support for organizations and as- sisting them to become more than what they would have been alone,” added Anna Oswalt, Events Manager. “Together, we can...” Oswalt continued. The phrase can be completed in countless ways.Another way that some might experi- ence their first involvement with the Battle Creek Community Foundation is through Giving Tuesday featuring the Fund for Battle Creek. Giving Tuesday is Novem- ber 27 this year and is a significant com- ponent of the Annual Appeal Campaign. A special website has been designed with more details at Giving Tuesday is not limited to first time donors, however. In fact, all are welcome and encouraged to give to the Annual Appeal. These critical unrestricted dollars allow for greater flexibility in meeting com- munity needs.No matter your beginning point, there is a full continuum of ways to be involved in giving, leading, and receiving.Call (269) 962-2181 or visit to find out more today.CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMINGBY APPOINTMENT... 269-781-2564CHARITABLE ISSUE I SCENE 4311 19“The more people engaged in philan- thropy, the stronger your community is.”Lynn Ward Gray

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