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Nov112014

Thank You Annual Support Partners! You Help Make it All Possible!

ASP us! You read that right, ASP us about our Annual Support Partners (ASP) campaign. During 2014 the Board of Trustees and staff of the Morton Community Foundation launched this campaign so we can keep doing the “good stuff”.

Since the MCF was established in 2000 about $1.7 million has moved through the Foundation and into our community through grants, donor advised fund grants and as a place for donors to give to major projects in the community such as the Idlewood Arts Pavilion, the Veteran’s Memorial and the Downtown Plaza. And, we have $3.8 million in endowed funds that will continue to support charitable purposes in our community for generations to come.

We’ve been busy! As we grow, plan for the future and meet the needs of our donors we want to make sure the MCF remains sustainable from an operations perspective. It takes time and money to accomplish all the “good stuff” and we are committed to continuing our mission.

We have had the opportunity to meet with donors this year and many people have joined us by becoming an Annual Support Partner. Their commitment helps us achieve our goal of sustainability. These donors have committed to giving financially to the MCF operations costs on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis for at least the next three years.

We want to thank our Annual Support Partners (listed below) and hope you will ASP us how you can be a part of this important campaign.:

 

CAPSTONE LEVEL ($5,000 or more per year)
Barb & Phil Kuhl

 

KEYSTONE LEVEL ($2500 - $4999 per year)
Gail & Craig Barley
Deb & Bradley Braker
Paula & Dennis Ewald
Linc & Dana Hobson
Rotary Club of Morton
Carol & Kevin Sears
Laurus Strategies - Mike Witzig

 

CORNERSTONE LEVEL ($1000 - $2499 per year)
Barbara B. Brown
Yvonne & Tom Clark
Georgia & Chris Glynn
Kim & Tim Gryl
Gary & Carolyn Henricks
Jean Ann & Gordon Honegger
Tom Harper - JH Car Wash
Carol & David Jankowski
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home
Mark & Kim Johnson
Mary Jane Johnson
Mike & Michele Kuhl
Mike Murphy Ford
Jackie & Larry Patton
LeAnn & Rob Personett
Tyler & Laura Petersen
Kathy & Jim Ritthaler
Janice & Don Sherman
Wayne & Janice Tessier
Dennis & Judy Triggs
Finley VandenBerg
Friend of the MCF
Friend of the MCF

 

FLAGSTONE LEVEL ($500 - $999 per year)
Tom & Laura Elam Family
Keach Architectural Design, Inc. (Cornerstone Level beginning 2015)
Earl & Alice Loring
Wayne & Tammy Menold
David & Mary Mills
ANONYMOUS
Friend of the MCF
Friend of the MCF
Friend of the MCF

 

FIELDSTONE LEVEL ($250 - $499 per year)

 

SANDSTONE LEVEL ($100 - $249 per year)
The Aaron Litersky Family
Linda M. Martin
Aaron & Janice Miller
Friend of the MCF

 

Thursday
Oct162014

Morton Downtown Plaza and Veterans Memorial Donations

Just imagine a new downtown plaza filled with people of all ages enjoying a walk through the Veterans Memorial, a game of chess, or the soothing sounds of rushing water.  Mothers and fathers, enjoying a conversation while their chidren play in a pumpkin patch or climb through a maze of boulders.  A Friday evening concert or a Saturday afternoon play performed in the heart of our downtown district.  It is all within our reach.

Just imagine how you can be a part of building something in Morton and for Morton that will be here for many generations to come.  There is a place for everyone's contribution in the new Morton Downtown Plaza.  Join us!  You may make donations by downloading one of the forms below, and mailing the completed form, along with your check, to the Morton Community Foundation, 105 E. Jefferson Street, Morton IL  61550.  Or, you may make an online donation by clicking DONATE NOW.  If you donate online, you can further help by electing to pay the online donation fee so that your entire intended donation came be directed to the fund.

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions

CLICK HERE for Donation Recognition Options

 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE DONATION FORM

 

Donations of any amount for general support of the Morton Downtown Plaza are both appreciated and needed.  Click the button below to make an online donation.  

Thursday
Oct162014

Help us build the Morton Downtown Plaza

Wednesday
Aug272014

Giving Tree Sculpture Debut Announced

Throughout our community there are examples of projects and ideas that were planted, watered, and were given time to mature and grow. The leaders that cultivated these ideas knew they may never benefit directly from what they started. They had a vision and a dream and acted on it. They were thinking and planning for the future, for people that would live in Morton in years to come.

The Giving Tree Garden honors this idea by recognizing our many funds, and people that have donated financially to the Morton Community Foundation so the mission and leadership of the MCF can continue. It was paid for by donors – residents that love our community and want to continue to provide shade for future generations.

Look around Morton and you will find other examples of trees that were planted for the future—McClallen Park, Freedom Hall, The Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center, the Morton Public Library, the Morton Pool, Idlewood Arts Pavilion and the Morton Pumpkin Festival.

The Morton Community Foundation invites you to stop by the Giving Tree Garden and enjoy the view, visit with friends, and sit in its shade.  Is there a tree you would like to plant?  Stop by the office and we can talk about your dream.

 

 

Friday
Dec202013

Craig Barley Announces Annual Support Partners Program

Craig Barley, MCF Board PresidentIn the coming weeks, you’ll be hearing more about ways you can be involved in helping the Morton Community Foundation continue its good work in Morton.
What a wonderful success story the Morton Community Foundation has been! Since our founding in 2000, many families, individuals and businesses have made donations enabling MCF to make grants to local not-for-profits totaling almost $250,000. Through the Foundation, donors have granted almost $50,000 in scholarships and another $1.5 million to help build community assets such as the new baseball field at Westwood Park, the Morton Aquatic Center, and the Idlewood Arts Pavilion. When we add in grants from Designated Funds and Donor Choice Funds, the impact of local giving is truly remarkable, and the Foundation is proud to serve as a conduit for local residents to fulfill their charitable dreams. And that’s just the start!
Yes, the Foundation has been growing and changing rapidly. From a modest beginning with four funds, we’ve now grown to over 40 funds. Our Grant Announcement open house, Oktoberfest and Christmas Tree-lighting ceremony have become eagerly-anticipated annual events on Morton’s social calendar. But it takes time and money to accomplish all this good work. To ensure that we are here “for Morton, for ever”, we will be contacting Morton residents to solicit their support – treasure, time and talents – so the Foundation can focus on its mission of improving the quality of life for our Morton-area residents. 
The Foundation has established a goal of 70 new Annual Support Partners in 2014.  An Annual Support Partner is an individual, family, or business that signs an intent form indicating their support of the operating fund of the Morton Community Foundation at any level for 3-5 years.  Look for more information on the Foundation’s Annual Support Partner campaign in the near future.