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A Message from Our President
Dear Valued Friend of The Vandalia-Butler Foundation,
On behalf of The Vandalia-Butler Foundation Board of Trustees, I want to thank you for your generous support and compassion for others in our community. These are incredibly challenging and unusual times for our community, nation, and world.
Our community was still reeling from the destruction caused by the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes when, in 2020, our lives turned upside down with the onset of a global pandemic. During these trying times, The Vandalia-Butler Foundation has continued its mission to help businesses, families, individuals, and organizations in Vandalia and Butler Township through grants and scholarships.
The Vandalia-Butler Foundation Family of Funds' balance at the end of June 2020 was $4,197,659. It is our sincere pleasure to be entrusted with providing guidance and support for these funds as we commit to positive change in our community.
It is a pleasure to present the 2019-2020 Annual Report of The Vandalia-Butler Foundation. Please take a moment to look through this report and review our accomplishments for 2019 and 2020.
This year, The Vandalia-Butler Foundation, primarily through its VISIONS Endowment Fund, awarded $24,076 in educational grants. The bulk of the funding — $16,898 — came from the VISIONS Endowment Fund. Other grants were supported by the Cotterman Fund ($2,433), A.R.T.S. Fund ($3,845) and the Mary Ann Wietzel "What's In It For Kids?" Fund ($900).
Not only is this a record amount of funding, but also a milestone. We set a goal years ago to fund $20,000 in grants by 2020, and, thanks to the generous support of businesses, families, individuals and teachers, we surpassed it. Since 2002, more than $120,000 has been granted to support learning opportunities for students in the district.
On September 11, 2019 The Vandalia-Butler Foundation awarded the 2019 Small Business Opportunity Grant to Allen Lay, owner of Kona Ice. Four years ago, Julia Gearhart established the Vandalia-Butler Foundation Small Business Opportunity Fund in memory of her husband, Ron Gearhart, who passed away in 2014. This fund was established for the purpose of financially assisting small businesses in the City of Vandalia and Butler Township through reimbursement of expenses incurred with specific projects. Kona Ice is establishing a new facility in Vandalia.
Photo (L to R) - Vandalia-Butler Foundation Trustee Don Neff, Kona Ice owner Allen Lay, and Julia Gearhart
The Vandalia-Butler Foundation was honored to be named the 2018 Non-Profit of the Year by the Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce
Photo (L to R) - Vandalia-Butler Foundation Trustees Justin Spivey, Stacie Whetstone, Cathy Stelzer-Petersen, and Don Neff
Special Interest FundsIn 2015, The Vandalia-Butler Foundation introduced seven special interest funds that allow you to focus your contributions on initiatives that mean the most to you and your family, while helping our community.
The Vandalia-Butler Foundation will work with organizations that are recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, nondiscriminatory, and address needs that are not met fully by existing organizational or community resources.
If you are affiliated with or know of a not-for-profit organization serving the residents of the Vandalia-Butler community and whose services fit into one of these categories, please encourage them to apply.
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