St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation’s Twice Blessed Results Reach $1,137,543.07
St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation shared results and distributed checks from the 4th Annual Twice Blessed Program on January 28. The Twice Blessed program is a matching gift program to double contributions given between November 15 – December 31 to preselected organizations. Checks totaling $935,735.57 were distributed at the Grand Hotel for projects that impact the mental, physical, spiritual and/or emotional well-being of people in the counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Sheridan, Ward and Wells. Another $201,807.50 was given to a variety of Agency Endowments within the Foundation with 5 new endowments created by donors for the following organizations: International Music Camp, Rugby Area Health Endowment Fund, Minot Social Club for Exceptional Persons, 2nd Story; Companions for Children, Sanctuary for Sober Living, and Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports. A listing of all agency endowment funds can be found on the Foundation website at sjchfnd.com.
Contributors went to one website, -twiceblessednd.com-, to read about the mission and goals of each of the area organizations participating in the program. They donated through the website or sent contributions directly to the Foundation or to the participating organizations. No gift was too small and gifts were matched accordingly by predetermined levels up to a grand match total of $350,000 provided by St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation.
Community swimming pool improvements, updates to hospital surgical equipment, AED’s and upgraded radio equipment for first responders, university scholarships for nurses, senior meal program, food pantries, summer theatre improvements, summer camp opportunities, fire truck equipment, children’s discovery center and much more were impacted by the grants given.
“We are thankful for the many organizations, board members, staff and volunteers who work tirelessly in our region to secure a better quality of life by identifying and serving the needs in their communities.” Shelly Weppler, President, SJCHF. “We are especially thankful to the hundreds of donors who made gifts this year during the Twice Blessed program. Their gifts make a big difference to many.”
St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity community foundation formed in June of 1998. The Foundation has awarded over $9.6 million in grants to organizations for many worthwhile projects to assist with programs that address quality of life issues in our communities.