The Midlands Community Foundation raised more than $153,000 as part of its new matching charitable giving program.
The program distributed the funds Jan. 5 to 33 established funds at the foundation and its three affiliate funds for the communities of Bellevue, Gretna and Springfield.
The Gretna Community Foundation raised about $27,000. It was matched by the MCF.
Contributions to the Gretna Community Foundation of $27,671 were matched by $25,000 from Midlands Community Foundation meaning $52,671 was received by the following funds within the Gretna Community Foundation, according to Don Kluge, president of the Gretna Community Foundation.
The funds were dispersed as follows, General Fund: $2,077; Swimming Pool and Aquatics Center: $10,384; Children’s Choir Music Education: $970; Community Center: $485; Downtown Association: $485; Gretna Neighbors: $8,154; Gretna Volunteer Fire Department: $8,540; Gretna Children in Crises: $485; Gretna Optimist Club Youth Activities Account: $11,481; Optimists MAYF Supporting Families Battling Childhood Cancer: $9,610.
Under the program, which was launched on Dec. 1, the organization matched funds for new contributions made to existing and newly created designated funds, field of interest funds and affiliated general funds.
“We are pleased with the success of this program,” said Executive Director Tonee Gay. “We achieved what we had set out to do when we developed the program.”
A maximum of $25,000 were available in the aggregate for all the foundation’s funds and an additional $25,000 was available for the Bellevue, Gretna and Springfield community funds.
The Bellevue Community Foundation raised about $11,600. It was matched dollar-for-dollar.
The Springfield Community Foundation raised about $5,600. It was matched dollar-for-dollar.