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December 1, 2015

Globally, #GivingTuesday is a recognized day of giving held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. After the two biggest back-to-back shopping days of the year- Black Friday and Cyber Monday- this event inspires people to also give to favorite charities and causes during the holiday giving season.

Locally, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity for the people of La Porte County to come together as a Power for Good. Contributing to Unity Foundation’s Power for Good Fund helps support dozens of beneficial nonprofit projects. And this generosity is immediately matched by Lilly Endowment through its GIFT VI initiative!

Join the international focus on Tuesday, December 1st, to kick off the holiday season in an impactful way. To donate online to Unity Foundation’s Power for Good Fund, click here.

Lilly Match

Thanks to Lilly Endowment, Inc., any gift to the Community Funds unlocks matching funds! For every dollar you give, Lilly generously donates another dollar. This opportunity is available until we reach our match goal of $1 million or until March 2016. To find out which funds qualify for this matching opportunity and how you can contribute, click here.  Help support of one of our most critical community resources!


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Community Grant Application Now Online

With support of the Lilly Endowment GIFT VI match, Unity Foundation of La Porte County is increasing its 2015 Community Fund Grants to more than $125,000. Through March 31, 2016, Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. is offering a $1 for $1 challenge match up to $1 million for La Porte County to build “Community Funds”. These are specific funds at Unity, opened by visionary people making “unrestricted” gifts. Community Fund grants come from these earnings. The application for the annual grants is now available online at, open to all nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located in, or serving La Porte County residents. Former La Porte County residents John P. & Anne H. Daley, Ernest & Mildred Delco, John A. & Dorothy Sieb Carstens, Charles T. & Pauline J. Dye, Ruth W. Pollingue, and Philip A. Sprague left memorial legacies with Unity Foundation to start Community Funds to strengthen the county for generations to come. With the current opportunity to double their money through the Lilly Endowment match, the following new community funds have opened: American Association of University Women, La Porte Branch; Backer Family Fund; Randy and Jane Dorman Foundation; Sanford Z. Friedman Community Fund; David C. Gardner Community Fund; and Kabelin Family Community Fund. These funds allow a committee of dedicated volunteers from throughout the county to award grants of up to $3,000 each. Eligible projects and programs fall into numerous categories, including but not limited to, arts and culture, health, human services, environment, education, and projects that strengthen La Porte County in meaningful ways. Last year the foundation awarded nearly $107,000 in community grants for 55 projects, providing support...

“…Unity works [by] fulfilling its vision for La Porte County in a very progressive, strategic and creative manner. We have the ability to make things happen that no other organization is in a position to do.”

Michele Thompson

Board Member, Unity Foundation

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