“This year we had a couple organizations step up and offer great matches, and Revel Boutique donated a portion of the sales from their shop,” said Danny Lambeth, CCF board president. “Give Carthage Day has been a very visible way of getting more people involved in philanthropy.”
The foundation also conducted its spring grantmaking cycle in May, but took a bigger, bolder approach for its anniversary.
“We normally give out $35,000 to $40,000 to a number of organizations, usually about $2,500 to $3,000 per grant,” Lambeth said. “But for our anniversary, we wanted to do more — and allow some of our agencies to be a bit more aggressive with their projects.”
The foundation also went about the presentation of those grants in a different way. In the days leading up to the official anniversary date, CCF board members went on-site, unannounced, to surprise the recipients with grants that will improve the lives of area residents young and old.