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Professional development fund raises $10,000

December 27th, 2017 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

The Homer Foundation announced the completion of its newest fund, the Educators Professional Development Fund. The fund's purpose is to provide on-going support for professional development of local educators.

Establishing the fund was a collaborative effort led by individuals connected to public education in the community. As an acorn fund, the group had a two-year window to reach $10,000, the amount required to establish a permanent fund at the Homer Foundation. On Dec. 22?the group met that goal.

Two individuals instrumental in moving the project forward were Flo Larson and Elaine Grantier.

Upon reaching $10,000, Grantier said, "Hallelujah, Amen, and thank you, Lord! To everyone who has been so supportive on this committee, my personal gratitude." And Larson said, "Thanks for the work and support by many, we did it!"

The work is not over yet. The committee will continue to raise funds and work on selection criteria for the competitive grants. Grantier and Larson want to make sure everyone knows there is still the opportunity to contribute to the fund; many donors have made their gifts in honor of and in memory of important teachers in their lives. Anyone wishing to help with the selection criteria process can contact the Homer Foundation for more information.

The Homer Foundation provides prudent management of community assets. With the addition of the Educators Professional Development Fund, the Homer Foundation now manages 56 different funds, with assets totalling more than $2 million.

Contributions may be directed to the Educators Professional Development Fund, or any fund managed by the Foundation, in any amount, at any time. For more information please contact Joy Steward at 235-0541, o?


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