Dubois County, February 7, 2014: Last night, local young professionals gathered at Azura Café to kick off year three of Dubois County Emerging Leaders.
Special guests included Dr. Alan Johnson, dean of VUJC and Neil Dauby, Regional President of German American who stressed the importance of community philanthropy. “We can’t assume that someone else is going to do the work,” said Dauby. “We have a strong community and are blessed, but we have a responsibility to participate in giving back,” he said.
Also speaking to the participants was Sr. Barbara Catherine Schmitz, representing Family Scholar House, the 2013 Emerging Leaders grant recipient. Sr. Barbara Catherine educated the group on the Family Scholar House program and how impactful the $5,000 grant was to her organization.
Emerging Leaders, a giving circle established in 2012, is a way for young adults to pool their funds to strengthen communities in Dubois County. Each participant commits to giving as little as $120 per individual or $180 as a couple per year. Each individual will then share a vote in where the grant will be directed year end.
“This isn’t just about giving away money. While it’s an important piece, it’s also about engaging in philanthropy, networking with likeminded individuals in the community, and talking about what matters in Dubois County,” Clayton Boyles, Emerging Leaders participant said.
To date, the local giving circle has granted over $13,000 to local charities.
Learn more by calling the Dubois County Community Foundation at 812-482-5295 or online at www.ELgiving.org.