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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Philanthropists, professional advisors and volunteer leaders gathered at the home of Anne Lanier on Jan. 28 to celebrate charitable leadership and philanthropic endeavors accomplished through the Indian River Community Foundation over the past year.
Wilmington Trust sponsored the evening's festivities attended by almost 100 supporters of the Community Foundation.
"Indian River County is full of selfless residents who understand the power philanthropy has in shaping the future of our community," said Bob Puff, chairman of the Indian River Community Foundation. "We are honored to work in partnership with so many individuals who want to find meaningful solutions to our community's most pressing issues."
In partnership with generous donors, in 2013 the Indian River Community Foundation facilitated more than $6 million in charitable grants, bringing the total amount given over the past six years to $16.9 million. Puff said the majority of the grants given through the Indian River Community Foundation benefit local charities. In addition to donor advised grants, he specifically cited the organization's work this past year in the environmental sector and with literacy initiatives.
"This is an exciting time to be a part of the Community Foundation thanks to the steadfast support of our donors and volunteers," Mr. Puff said. "We have begun to take a leadership role in convening people and resources around specific issues such as protecting the Indian River Lagoon and helping Indian River County School District students reach the Moonshot Moment goal of having 90 percent of third graders reading on grade level by 2018."
Since 2008, more than 1,500 philanthropists have utilized the Indian River Community Foundation as a resource for establishing charitable giving funds, estate planning, private foundation services and endowment management.
Grants are made from the Foundation to charities in a variety of ways such as from donor-advised fund, where the donor makes specific grant recommendations, to fields of interest funds, where donors work hand-in-hand with Foundation professionals to uncover community needs and opportunities. The Foundation is currently entrusted by philanthropists to manage nearly $23 million in assets, held in 101 funds, all earmarked for charitable purposes.
"We are a neutral, third party resource to help donors fulfill their charitable goals," Mr. Puff said. "Our primary concern is to help donors discover the most effective and personally meaningful way to achieve their philanthropic intentions to improve our community today and far into the future."
For more information about the Indian River Community Foundation contact the organization's executive director, Kerry Bartlett, at (772) 492-1407 or visit www.ircommunityfoundation.com.