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Deadline nears for 365 giving

By Rachel McDaniel The deadline for contributing to Lamar Gives 365 is quickly approaching and a Close-Out Celebration is planned for Thursday, Oct 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Summers Field for final contributions. Lamar Gives is a dollar-a-day membership program of the Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation and the funds are managed so they will grow year by year even as grants are presented each year to local groups and organizations in need. UPDATE: Today’s celebration has been moved to the Depot due to rain. ’The idea is simple. A member commits to give a dollar a day – $365 – either in one payment or via monthly payments of $32.,’ said BLCF Development Associate Leesa Woodall. ‘Their contribution is divided in half. Half goes into a fund for current year grants. The other half goes into an endowment fund for the future. The endowment fund is a permanent charitable account in which the principal is retained and invested. Over time the fund’s balance will grow and it will produce annual income available for grant making. The members get to vote on which organizations receive grants.’ Participants at the Close-Out Celebration will be treated to a hot dog dinner, chips and drinks in a family-friendly environment. For those who join Lamar Gives 365 before the Oct. 1 deadline, their $365 gift will be matched dollar for dollar due to several generous donors and they can join the day of the close out event. For details, go to lamargives. org or email This year’s goal is to have 200 memberships to allow Lamar Gives 365 to give back to the community now and in the future. ‘You don’t have to have a lot of personal wealth to make an impact in Lamar County – all it takes is a dollar a day,’ said Julia Wood, director of donor services at the Community Foundation. ‘Don’t Delay. Renew or join today so your dollar a day can be matched by others to support the Barnesville-Lamar Community. Because of the generosity of the citizens of Barnesville and Lamar County, $25,000 was given back to the community in the form of grants and $60,000 was put into an endowment fund that will generate money from the growth of the fund for grants in the future.’ Each year, area nonprofits can apply for a grant from the Lamar Gives 365 program. All members can request to be on the Grants Committee before the application deadline of Nov. 15 at 12 noon and help review each application. As long as a previous grant recipient has turned in their final report, they can apply again this year for a 365 grant. Site visits are done for each applicant before voting begins. The grant finalists will be presented at an event, and each member will vote on each application. The scores will be averaged and the projects will be ranked according to their average score. Then the members will be able to vote on how to distribute the available funds to the applicants. After the grants are awarded, members can also participate in site visits to see the grants in progress.

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