LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., August 17, 2018 – The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF), Inc. recently awarded a $1,000 Lauren Hill Make A Difference Grant to Bright Lions Club to help fund its backpack program to buy school supplies for students in need.

As a part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, DCF is awarding 20 proactive grants of $1,000 each to charitable organizations in Dearborn County throughout 2018. Each of the Foundation’s 15 volunteer Board members gets to recommend a grant. Five lucky attendees at DCF’s 20th Anniversary Dinner in late July also were randomly drawn to recommend a $1,000 grant.

DCF Board member Karen Blasdel, left, delivers a $1,000 grant check to Bright Lions Club Vice President Diane Bender. The grant monies helped the Lions Club with its backpack program, a partnership with North Dearborn Pantry, to provide school supplies to students in need.

The $1,000 grant to the Bright Lions Club was recommended by DCF Board member Karen Blasdel. She chose to recommend the grant to the Lions Club backpack program because the organization has a strong presence in the Bright community and “I knew they would use the funds to help less fortunate kids.”

“The Lions Club has always recognized the community’s needs and then worked to fill those needs,” said Blasdel. “I liked the idea of the backpack program because it would directly impact those that could use a little help the most.”

The Lions Club partnered with North Dearborn Pantry, whose volunteers implemented the program. “It’s very fulfilling to know DCF has helped the Lions Club and North Dearborn Pantry provide aid students, who otherwise would not have had supplies to start the school year,” said Blasdel.

For 20 years, DCF, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity, has helped donors’ dreams come true by safeguarding endowments for the community through contributions large and small. Grants awarded by the Dearborn Community Foundation support the needs and interests in Dearborn County in the fields of Art, Culture and Humanities, Community and Public Benefit, Education, Environment and Animal Protection, Human Services, Public Safety and Youth Programs.

In January 2009, DCF received the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability: the seal of approval from the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations Program operated by the Council on Foundations (COF), a national professional association based in Washington, D.C. DCF was reconfirmed for the National Standards by the COF in 2014.

To learn more about DCF, call 812-539-4115, stop by the office at 322 Walnut Street in Lawrenceburg, or visit the Foundation website at www.dearborncf.org. If you are interested in making a contribution to DCF, visit our website’s “Give Now” page to donate on line and to learn other giving options.