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A Legacy of Hope

Photo by Vicki Taufer - V-GalleryFamily establishes fund to support needy families & children worldwide.

When Jed and Vicki Taufer had a vision of assisting needy families and children through the adoption process, the Morton Community Foundation provided the tool to make that dream a reality.

Part of the mission of the MCF is to  turn donors' charitable dreams into permanent legacies.
The Aasha Fund - which means "hope" in Nepali - started in 2011. It was the result of the Taufer's experience of adopting their daughter Purnima from Nepal. Vicki spent six months in Nepal waiting for a visa for her daughter and navigating the paperwork necessary to complete the process. As a photographer, her eye was sensitive to the images of children and families in Nepal. She captured images on film and her and Jed captured memories of a country without clean water, pollution, power outages and hardships.

When they returned to Morton they felt led to somehow make a lasting impact. The purpose of the Aasha Fund, established at the Morton Community Foundation, is long-term. It is their "hope" that someday Purnima and their other children or grandchildren will be responsible for recommending grants from this fund.


The Aasha Fund was started by Jed and Vicki Taufer, through the Morton Community Foundation, in honor of their adopted daughter, Purnima.  Vicki spent six months in Nepal with Purnima while waiting for her visa.  This experience allowed Vicki to see first hand what living in a third world country was like.   No clean water, polluted air, power outages up to 14 hours a day, and an extremely unstable government.

While Vicki was happy to finally return to the United States with her daughter in Janaury 2011, she was haunted by images of the families and children she met that still face these hardships daily.

The Aasha Fund was started with the purpose of  longevity, helping needy families and children forever. Someday Purnima, as well as any other children or grandchildren Jed and Vicki may have, will be responsible for recommending grants from this fund that will help people all over the world, specifically families and children.