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Connie Cutler Named Director of Development at the Community Foundation

Connie Cutler, Director of Development, Miami County Community Foundation

April 17, 2014 - The Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) has announced that Connie Cutler will serve as Miami County’s Director of Development. In this position, Cutler will be responsible for increasing public awareness and enhancing the services of the Miami County Community Foundation. She will be working with donors and agencies to build awareness about the Community Foundation and the benefits for Miami County. She begins her duties on April 28.

Cutler earned her degree from Purdue University, has experience in finance and is currently an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College instructing students in “Beginning Algebra” and “Student Success Seminars”. She is also Curator of the Peru Community Schools Fine Art Gallery, where she works with the Peru School Corporation to preserve and enhance their impressive art collection.

Cutler will continue to hold her Curator position where she also works with Arts Alive! in developing and promoting arts programming for the Miami County community.

The Cutler family has strong ties to the community, and Connie is looking forward to connecting Miami County people with causes that matter to them.

“We are excited to welcome Connie to the Community Foundation team,” said Jay Albright, Executive Director of the NICF. “She will bring experience to the position as she has been a long time member of the Miami County Community Foundation Service Committee.”

The Miami County Community Foundation office is located in the Community Resource Center located at 13 East Main Street in Peru. You can reach Connie at 765-475-2859.


Preschool Scholarship Program
Seeks to Raise Public Awareness

Jay Albright
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>>Fulton County Application
>>Miami County Application
>>Starke County Application

The NICF, has a partnership with local preschools, schools and other organizations,to offer preschool scholarships for the children of Fulton, Miami and Starke Counties.

The goal of the program is to make one year of preschool education affordable to every child in our counties. Need-based scholarships are available to families of four-year-old children.

Many people underestimate the importance of preschool education. The expectations of what a child entering kindergarten should know have risen dramatically in recent years and local children who arrive for kindergarten unprepared often have difficulty catching up to their peers.

Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain growth happens by the age of five, and children who attend preschool are more likely to read at grade level, graduate from high school, and continue on to secondary education.

Rigorous studies have shown that for every dollar invested in early childhood education programs for low-income children, between $4 and $9 is returned to the community.

These financial returns come in the form of reduced special education costs, less grade repetition in schools, better job preparedness and a greater ability to meet future labor force demands, higher incomes due to higher educational attainment, fewer welfare payments, and lower criminal casualties and prison costs.

“It’s clear that investing in early childhood education leads to long-term community benefits that would be unwise to ignore,” says NICF Executive Director Jay Albright.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact corinne@nicf.org. To contribute, visit the Giving Connection to invest in the Preschool Scholarship Program for Fulton, Miami or Starke County children.

 

Welcome to Northern Indiana Community Foundation

Since 1993, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc. (NICF) has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of the community. The NICF serves the Community Foundations of Starke, Fulton and Miami Counties. This arrangement allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost-efficient. Thus gifts can do more for the counties they are given to.

The NICF is a public trust, a public charity that gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. Operating under state and federal laws, we work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.

Contact the NICF at 574.223.2227 or toll free 877.432.6423

 

 

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