promise Indiana bannerOn Tuesday, November 28, we have a special opportunity to bring national funds to Marshall County! Promise Indiana has secured a match from the 1:1 Fund.  This fund was conceived and capitalized by Prosperity Now, a national organization that supports dreams of low-income children by ensuring that those dreams are matched with savings in the bank.  Triton School Superintendent Donna Burroughs said, “This is a “game-changer” program!”

On Giving Tuesday (November 28) the 1:1 Fund will match dollar-for-dollar contributions up to $500 per individual donation to the Marshall County Promise Fund, held at the Marshall County Community Foundation. The Promise Program provides concrete assets to young children to encourage them to save for their future educational needs and to believe that they can achieve whatever their dreams may be.  It also tells all of the children that our community supports them in getting an education.

 Burroughs said, “A 1:1 match for the Marshall County Promise fund on #GivingTuesday is an exciting way for us to raise significant amounts to benefit all of Marshall County’s youngest students.”

Donations will be accepted for the 1:1 match to the Marshall County Promise fund from now through November 28 (online platform closes Nov 29 at 3 am), and receive the match. If you know donors who wish to give now, they may do so at this link on the Marshall County Foundation website, and the Foundation will see the match is made.

Burroughs said, “Our goal is to raise $25,000 for the Marshall County Promise Fund – (bringing in $50,000 to the MCCF-Promise Account) and to support the Promise program!”

The MCCF is working closely with all the school systems in Marshall County to coordinate fundraising for this 1:1 match. The Promise program helps support students as they set up 529 College Savings Accounts (CSA) — providing beginning matches to contributions to the children’s 529s, incentives for further donations, and valuable experience in a post-secondary educational atmosphere at Ancilla College each fall. These accounts may be used for any post-secondary jobs training in addition to college tuition.

Burroughs said, “Did you know just $500 in a College Choice Account (CSA) makes a child four times more likely to graduate college? The potential impact of this 1:1 match cannot be overstated for our community’s children.”

Burroughs said, “Talk to your friends and colleagues as they consider their end-of-year philanthropic choices. Donations for this 1:1 match may be made any time up until November 29 at 3 am! Donations may be targeted to a specific school system if so desired.”