JACKSON COUNTY - The Community Foundation of Jackson County, JCCF, Inc. is now accepting applications from area nonprofit organizations to participate in the 2016 Charity Challenge Run & Walk Benefit and Matching Grant Program. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 15.  

This unique program gives community organizations the opportunity to have their fundraising dollars ($500 minimum and $2,000 maximum) matched at a 50% level ($1 match for each $2 raised) through the Charity Challenge Matching Program which runs from May 2 – September 24 and the Run &Walk Benefit that will held in Ravenswood on September 24. 

The Charity Challenge Benefit is administered annually by the Foundation to raise funds collaboratively and build community awareness for the many important community projects produced by the non-profit organizations serving our area.  Last year the 20 participating organizations collectively generated over $172,000 with the Foundation providing matching dollars.

“The Community Foundation works to build permanent dedicated funds to benefit Jackson County residents, causes, and non-profit organizations. We believe that raising funds and producing events collectively is effective and efficient and also works to strengthen our sense of community. Over the past 14 years the Charity Challenge Program has provided over $1.3 million in support for community programs and projects,” commented Jane Winters, Foundation Executive Director.     

Any Jackson County non-profit organization (501c-3); public institution (or support group for a public institution); church or governmental entity can apply to be involved in the program.  Approximately 20 non-profit organizations will be selected for participation in a competitive selection process. A Selection Committee from the Foundation will review applications and select the participating organizations in an effort to involve a broad range of programs and projects in education; health & human services; recreation; animal welfare; and arts & culture across the county.   

Applications are available at the Foundation office by calling 304-372-4500 or emailing janewintersjccf@frontier.com or stopping by the office located on the second floor of the City National Bank building at 108 North Church Street in Ripley. 

Applications must be received by the Foundation by 4 p.m. on April 15, 2016. Interested non-profit organizations must complete an application form by the deadline to be considered for participation in the matching program. Organizations will be selected and notified regarding their participation by April 29.  

Contact the Foundation with any questions regarding the 2016 Charity Challenge Matching Program.