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Arcelor grants benefit the Duneland Y, PC Parks Foundation, and BGC

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Four local nonprofits were among 14 recipients of grants totaling $325,000 awarded by ArcelorMittal USA as part of its special community investment program: “Building Resilience: Investing in Nonprofit Sustainability.”

According to a statement released on Monday, the program invests in areas of nonprofit management that are “traditionally underfunded by foundations and corporations yet could have a significant impact on the long-term sustainability of the nonprofit organization.”

These areas include strategic planning; professional development; sustainability planning; diversity and inclusion training; technology implementation and data management; and fundraising enhancement or expansion, the company said.

The four local recipients:

* Duneland Family YMCA strives to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve health and well-being, and give back and provide support to the community. With ArcelorMittal funding, they will send four executive staff members to the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) Conference in Indianapolis. The training offered at NAYDO will advance their fundraising skills which will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the organization.

*  Porter County Parks Foundation supports the work of the Porter County Parks and Recreation Department, including the goals of increased resiliency and sustainability for the county parks. With their Building Resilience grant, the organization will hire a consultant to conduct a sustainability audit and develop a comprehensive sustainability plan in the areas of environmental, program and organizational sustainability.

* Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana serves 10,000 youth annually in 10 clubs throughout Porter and Lake counties. With renovation plans underway at the East Chicago club, the Building Resilience grant will fund technology infrastructure to support its educational programming, as well as a new security/digital surveillance system to enhance the club’s safety.

* One Region strives to grow population, attract and retain talent, and increase household in Porter, Lake, and LaPorte Counties in Indiana. With ArcelorMittal’s Building Resilience support, One Region will hire a contractor to work with the executive director (serving as their sole staff member) to build a strategic plan focused on expanding staffing capacity.


Posted 12/18/2018




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