#GivingTuesday Kicks Off Year-End #GiveLakota Campaign

#GivingTuesday Kicks Off Year-End #GiveLakota Campaign
Posted on 11/28/2017
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Giving Tuesday logoThe Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, in partnership with Lakota Local Schools, invites the community to help transform this year’s #GivingTuesday into #GiveLakota!

#GivingTuesday, recognized annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global giving movement built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

This year, #GiveLakota will benefit the brand new LEAF (Lakota Education and Alumni Fund) Endowment held at the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty. The LEAF Endowment was established just this year to build a sustainable source of funding to support projects and programs at Lakota Schools that aren’t provided for in the annual budget. The LEAF Endowment raised $23,000 at the Foundation’s Key Event in September. The Foundation’s goal for #GiveLakota on this #GivingTuesday is to match that amount.

“To continue providing more opportunities for students without always leaning on the local tax base and a vulnerable state budget means building creative partnerships that will sustain us into the future,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “We are grateful for the Community Foundation’s willingness to step up and make this a priority, and for the community that is willing to invest in keeping our schools strong.”

The LEAF Endowment was built on the success of The Lakota Fund, established at the Foundation in 2004 to bring innovative teaching tools and programming to the classroom through small grant awards. To date, the Lakota Fund has awarded more than $60,000 in grants to fund projects such as educational iPad apps and classroom technology, ESL curriculum, early childhood music and art programming and after-school tutoring workshops, among many others.

#GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season: a reminder of the “reason for the season.” Please remember to #GiveLakota on November 28th.

Please visit the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty website to donate today or through the remainder of this giving season.