FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The Freeport Community Foundation announced on Friday that it will award the Freeport Salvation Army an unsolicited $4,000 year-end donation. The contribution was a response to the recent $63,000 shortfall suffered by the Freeport Salvation Army during their Red Kettle Campaign. The Freeport Community Foundation utilized unspent funds from its Discretionary Donations account.
“I really believe this was one of those ‘meant to be’ moments,” said FCF Executive Director Michelle DeHaven. “I realized we had the funds available the same day the Salvation Army publicized their fundraising shortfall. After that, it was simply contacting our Board’s Executive Committee regarding the idea.”
Incoming Freeport Community Foundation Board President Paulette Williams-Thomas added, “The Board of Director’s Executive Committee quickly and happily approved Michelle’s idea. We weren’t anticipating the surplus in our discretionary funds, so when this opportunity presented itself, it just seemed to be the perfect use for the remaining funds.While there remains a shortfall for the Salvation Army, our hope is that other entities and individuals have or will donate in the spirit of philanthropy that makes us a great community.”
The Freeport Community Foundation has a 44-year history as a community-based charitable organization guided by community leaders who are dedicated to providing financial solutions for current and future community needs.