Environmental Defenders Receive $8,950 in Grants for Staffing & Computer Upgrades

A press release from The Community Foundation

The Community Foundation for McHenry County awards Grant to The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County at March Ceremony

April 4, 2018, Woodstock, IL

The Community Foundation for McHenry County has named The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County as a recipient of two grants totaling $8,950 at The Foundation’s Spring Grants Breakfast held March 28, 2018 at Boulder Ridge County Club, Lake in The Hills, Illinois.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will use the grant money to go toward staff time and for new computer equipment.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is among 20 Arts and Culture, Education and Environment services organizations serving McHenry County that received grants totaling $176,900 from the Community Foundation this spring granting cycle.

The Community Foundation for McHenry County connects the generosity of local donors with community needs through grants to organizations working to create a better quality of life throughout the county.

Nancy Schietzelt, First Vice President of Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, Lori McConville, President of Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Barbara Oughton, Board Member of the Community Foundation for McHenry County.

Over the past five years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $6.5 million to over 100 nonprofit organizations across all types of service areas within the community of McHenry County.

“The Community Foundation supports agencies that serve our community in all ways, and today we can see some of those very special opportunities for service that truly touch thousands of individuals everyday”, said Robin Doeden, Executive Director for The Community Foundation.

“Whether you attend a musical or theatrical performance, attend a gallery show, take a walk through McHenry County’s beautiful natural parks or participate in a training or educational program offered by any number of our community’s agencies.

The Community Foundation has had a hand in making that possible.  We are honored to partner with so many agencies whose mission is to enrich the lives of our residents on a daily basis.”

The Foundation’s grant recipients underwent a thorough application and review process and demonstrated their agency’s needs, goals, reach and potential to The Foundation’s grant committee.

“The Environmental Defenders is honored and grateful to receive these two grants and thanks the Community Foundation for McHenry County and their donors.

The staffing grant, which follows a similar grant of $10,000 received last year, goes toward strengthening our programs and increasing outreach to more and underrepresented members of our community.

In order to communicate efficiently with the public and membership, the technology grant will go toward much needed upgrades in computer equipment, networking and software.”

The Community Foundation for McHenry County has two annual grant cycles, distributing funds to Arts and Culture, Education and Environment projects and programs as grants in the spring and to Health and Human Services projects and programs in the early fall each year.

Local nonprofits interested in applying for funds should visit www.mccfdn.org or contact Margaret Miller at 815.338.GIVE(4483).

McHenry County residents seeking to make a difference locally by contributing through The Community Foundation can contact Robin Doeden at [email protected] or call 815.338.GIVE(4483) or visit www.mccfdn.org.

About The Community Foundation for McHenry County

The Community Foundation for McHenry County is a trusted leader, sponsor and participant encouraging philanthropy and welcoming partnerships to create a positive difference in the quality of life in all of McHenry County.

The Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of McHenry County.

We work with nonprofit agencies within the county to help them fulfill their charitable mission and goals.

We play a key role in addressing community needs, opportunities and dreams – now and in the future – in order to help make giving as effective as possible.

We connect People who Care with Causes that Matter in McHenry County.

For more information, please contact The Community Foundation at 815.338.4483 or connect with us: www.mccfdn.org

About The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

Founded in 1970, The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a non-profit, membership organization with the following mission: “In order to protect all living things, the Environmental Defenders is dedicated and committed to the preservation and improvement of the natural environment in McHenry County.” www.mcdef.org


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