Eveleth Area Community Foundation announces grants

$11,000 in grants awarded to Eveleth-Gilbert area nonprofits

EVELETH — The Eveleth Area Community Foundation (EACF) Fund has granted over $11,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the Eveleth-Gilbert community during its recently completed 2019 grant round.

“We were all very excited about awarding these grants,” states Shelly Russ, vice-chair of the advisory board and chair of the grants committee. “With our success in reaching our $500,000 fundraising goal, we have more and more resources available to grant out to the community. We’re excited to be able to give these great organizations a ‘leg up’ as they strive to make our region a better place to live.”

The 2019 grant recipients include:

• Children’s Dental Services, for oral health education to Eveleth-Gilbert
Schools: $1,000
• East Range DAC, Inc. for
increasing visibility and
awareness: $2,500
• Ironworld Development
Corp. for 2019 Science
and Engineering Festival:
• Mesabi Community Orchestra for MSO ensembles

out-of-doors: $1,000
• Summer Work Outreach
Project for 2019 summer
youth program: $2,099
• United Way of Northeastern Minnesota for Buddy
Backpacks in Eveleth-Gilbert: $2,100
• Volunteers in Education Tutoring Program in
Eveleth: $1,500

“I am always impressed by the way the Eveleth area has stepped up to support the EACF,” states Jon Hoel, chair of the EACF advisory board. “It wasn’t so long ago that we were just an idea. Now we’re out there providing financial support to area non-profits doing vital work. That’s thanks to the thousands of individual community members and organizations who’ve generously supported us over the past 10 years! It’s great to be able to provide these non-profits with some wellearned assistance.”

Added vice chair Russ, “I only wish we could have more positively responded to the requests we had to turn down. We awarded $11,000 in grants, but had almost $57,000 in requests. Hardly anyone got all they asked for and we were forced to just say ‘no’ to other worthwhile organizations. That’s the tough part. We need to grow more in order to say ‘yes’ more often.”

The Eveleth Area Community Foundation Fund was created in 2008 to enhance and improve the quality of life of the citizens in the Eveleth area and to encourage others to do the same. Since that time, the Eveleth Area Community Foundation family of funds has grown to over $500,000.00 in permanently endowed assets.

Eveleth Area Community Foundation Fund board members are: Jon Hoel, chair; Shelly Russ, vice-chair; Kristin Troutwine, secretary; Gordon Coldagelli, Mike Lenich, Jon Marcaccini, Shari Muhich, Kathy Nelson and Bobby Pazzelli. As an affiliate fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, the Eveleth Area Community Foundation enjoys the investment and tax benefits of the region’s largest community foundation while playing an intimate, active role in fundraising and grantmaking activity in the region.

Donors interested in learning more about the Eveleth Area Community Foundation and how it may assist them with their charitable interests can contact any of the Eveleth Area Community Foundation Advisory Board members, or visit the organization’s website: evelethareacommunityfoundation.com.

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