The Vernon Family Charitable Fund

This Donor Advised Fund (DAF) was started in November of 2013 by Hanna E. and James O. Vernon.  The Vernon family remains active in recommending grants to 501(c) charitable organizations, and governmental agencies.
James Vernon shares his heroic story

With a Donor Advised Fund, like this one established by Jim and Marcia Rinkenberger, donors can have ongoing involvement in the use of their gift(s).  Donors work with our staff, identifying ways to use dollars from the Donor Advised Fund they establish to address issues and needs they care about most.  The donors' recommendations are anonymously submitted to our local board for approval; we then distribute grant dollars.

James Vernon is known most recently because of his heroic efforts putting himself between 16 terrified children and knife-wielding attacker, who was determined to kill at the Morton public library on Oct 13th, 2015.

Hanna Vernon is an active fundraiser for various charities in the area.  She sells her own handmade scarves, collects donated toys and gifts, and purchases toys and gifts throughout the year so she can give them to underprivileged moms and children at Christmas time.  Mrs. Vernon also established a scholarship at the Morton Community Foundation in memory of her mother Ilse Droll.  It provides annual funding to area women pursuing a medical career.  Learn more here.