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Putting A Legacy to Work

12/6/2010 12:00 AM

Category: Powered by Community / Subcategory: Non Profit Success

Putting A Legacy to Work

The Community Focus Trust Announces Grant Winners

Congratulations to twelve local charities selected to receive grants from the Community Focus Trust! The recipients will receive annual disbursements ranging between $2,600 and $45,000. $1.5 million will be distributed by the time the Fund sunsets in 2016.

The Community Focus Trust was established with the estate gift of an anonymous donor from Sandpoint. She directed the Trust & Investment Services Department of Panhandle State Bank to disburse funds after her death according to her philanthropic priorities. Those included caring for human and animal victims of hardship and neglect. The donor preferred that funds be allocated to local charities selected from North Idaho and Eastern Washington.

The Trust and Investment Services Department partnered with the Inland Northwest Community Foundation to identify and recommend grant recipients.

“This grant means our treasurer can sleep at night,” said Priest River Animal Rescue volunteer Barbi Johnson at the awards ceremony. Johnson was on the team that wrote their successful application.

Many small, local charities are forced to spend much of their precious time in fundraising activities in addition to working hard to fulfill their charitable missions. As demands on nonprofits increase, the philanthropy of the community can mean the difference between meeting vital human needs or closing doors.

One of the best and easiest ways to support your community is to make a gift through your estate plans. For more information on establishing a legacy gift, contact the Trust & Investment Services Division , or the Inland Northwest Community Foundation.

Local Charities:
View a list of the twelve local charities

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