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United Way gets Lilly boost

November 18, 2010

From left are: Jim Compton, Vickie Ellis, Roy Bohning, Mary Jo Toole, Julie Ruble, Claudia Karges, Sandy Sauls, Linda Bewley and Terri Hebble.(Photo provided)

    Jim Compton, executive director of the United Way of Adams County (UWAC), has announced that the Eli Lilly Foundation in Indianapolis has approved the UWAC for a grant which will provide matching funds.
     “During the present campaign to raise funds for 2011, all new donors’ gifts will be matched, dollar for dollar,” Compton said. “For those who were able to support the United Way last year, any increase will be matched dollar for dollar.
    “This is a very welcome opportunity to continue to meet our needs in Adams County.” Compton continued. “We appreciate the generosity of the community in our ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ campaign. We hope this grant will encourage additional giving.”
    Compton said the Lilly Foundation is offering $6 million to United Way organizations across Indiana during the next two years.
    He noted that the Lilly money is “being offered in grants to help local United Ways rebuild, recover, and find new donors. Lilly recognizes the difficult fundraising environment of the past two years due to the effects of the recession.”
    This year’s goal for the United Way here is $202,010.

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