Statement issued Monday by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne:
In response to the tornado that devastated Henryville and surrounding areas in early March, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has provided $10,000 from the foundation’s emergency fund to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana for their Disaster Relief Fund. These funds will go directly to the communities in Clark County, IN (Henryville, Marysville, and Borden) affected by the March 2nd storms.
“We realize that long-term recovery efforts for devastation of this magnitude can be a drawn-out and underfunded process,” said David Bennett, executive director of the Community Foundation. The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana Disaster Relief is focused on long-term recovery efforts.
“It was designed broadly,” Bennett said of the emergency fund. “It’s really focused on natural disasters of a significant magnitude, and also in those areas where funding assistance might help to relieve suffering. The exact criteria are up to the board of directors.”
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Established in 1956, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is a public, charitable foundation serving Allen County for more than fifty-five years. The Community Foundation had assets of approximately $100 million at December 31, 2011, and awarded more than $10.1 million in charitable grants and scholarships in that year.