Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

December 18, 2013

Carter County Community Fund is growing

By Mindy Click

Dec. 18, 2013 — Great things are happening as people have been working on so many different ways to improve life in Carter County.

Leadership training, recreation, job development, art and culture, beautification, are just a few of the projects underway across the county.

The new Carter County Community Fund (CCCF) was announced in August during the Community Partners Summit.

But what is the CCCF?

It is a place where we can begin to put community money so that we can improve the quality of life in Carter County forever.

The CCCF seeks to establish an endowment, or a permanent pool of money, that will be invested so that it can grow.

That, in turn, will fund grants to local non-profit agencies from the interest earned on the money.

But why start such a fund now?

A study has been done to determine the amount of money that is going to be passed on from one generation to the next in the next 50 years all across Kentucky and the figures are staggering.

If even a small amount of that money is put into the CCCF for the benefit of all, we could make great improvements in our communities and in the quality of life of our people.

Our first goal for the CCCF is to raise $10,000 by the end of this calendar year.

When we do that, we will receive a matching match of $5,000 to be shared with non-profit groups in Carter County.

And we are close to reaching that goal!

If you have received a letter asking for a gift, please give before Dec. 31.

If you haven’t yet been asked, please make your check payable to the Foundation for the Tri-State Community with “Carter County Community Fund” in the memo line and mail it to PO Box 2096, Ashland, KY 41105.

You’ll be glad you did.

(Opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Mindy Click.)