Purdue News

August 16, 2005

Community Campaign for Purdue helps 18 nonprofits

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Not only has the community Campaign for Purdue raised $45.7 million for the university, it also has strengthened a variety of nonprofit organizations in Lafayette and West Lafayette.

Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will announce the completion of the community phase of the campaign and recognize top local contributors today (Tuesday, Aug. 16) at Chamber Business After Hours at the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center.

Representatives from Purdue conducted an audit of 18 local nonprofits to examine each organization's financial needs and how they could develop more effective and successful methods for securing funds.

Among the organizations that have benefited from Purdue's effort is The Friends of Cary Home for Children, which helps support Cary Home in providing residential and nonresidential programs and services to at-risk children in Tippecanoe County.

Pat Rosen, The Friends of Cary Home for Children president, said she is grateful to Purdue for taking the time to work with the organization.

"We are a very small grass-roots group, but we got the same attention from Purdue as did the larger not-for-profits," Rosen said. "As a result, our membership has increased, we've gotten more community support for our projects, and it's really enabled us to get the community's attention."

Purdue officials met with The Friends of Cary Home for Children board of directors, the Cary Home advisory board, and administrators and staff to assess Cary Home's needs and The Friends' potential to help meet them. Rosen said Tippecanoe County provides operating funds and basic needs for Cary Home and its residents, but the help from Purdue has allowed The Friends of Cary Home to provide increased support.

The Friends of Cary Home for Children was successful in obtaining a $60,000 grant from North Central Health Services to purchase three minivans to provide transportation for youth in treatment at Cary Home.

"We wouldn't have had the confidence to apply for a grant from NCHS without the education and encouragement we received from Purdue," Rosen said. "They provided more than just the nuts and bolts of how to secure more funding, but also educated us in how to grow our membership and build partnerships and increase public awareness.

"Purdue has also been wonderful in providing us ongoing advice and support long after the audit was completed," Rosen said. "This will benefit the organization in countless ways for years to come."

Other organizations that received assistance from Purdue were the American Red Cross of Tippecanoe County, CASAs for Kids Fund Inc., Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Family Services Inc., Food Finders Food Bank, Hanna Community Center, Lafayette Adult Resource Academy, Lafayette Christian School, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Leadership Lafayette, Legal Aid Corp. of Tippecanoe County, the Lyn Treece Boys and Girls Club, the Mental Health Association in Tippecanoe County, Historic Prophetstown, the Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County Inc., the Tippecanoe County Humane Society and Trinity Mission.

Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

Source: Pat Rosen, (765) 474-8470, rosena@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Related release:
Community leaders give $45.7 million to Campaign for Purdue


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