The new tax bill that was recently signed into law doubles the standard deduction for couples filing jointly, to $24,000. So, the big question in the minds of non-profits is, “Will this new tax law cause donors to cut back on their charitable giving?”
If you've been following the Morton High School Girl's Basketball Team over the past few years, you know that they've had tremendous success... 3A State Champions in 2015 and 2016, and a shot at another State Title in 2017.
Since 2010, award winning sports writer, Dave Kindred has chronicled the MHS Girl's Basketball Team, and has written 2 books about the team. The book, True Grit, by Dave Kindred, tells the story of the road to the 2016 Illinois 3A Girl's High School State Championship, and it features a photo of the team in front of the Giving Tree. I love what Dave Kindred wrote about the tree. He sure has a way with words...
The Morton Community Foundation is about to open up their 2107 Competitive Grant Program, and plans to distribute over $40,000 to local charities, schools, parks, and libraries. For information on how your favorite charitable org, or taxing body can earn a grant, visit: www.mortoncommunityfoundation.org/grant-process/
In 2016, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Morton Chapter sought and received a $350 grant to purchase 4 new microscopes and storage containers for those microscopes, to be used in a program they call GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science). Here's an excerpt from their grant application talking about the need for the GEMS program and the microscopes...
In 2014, MCF Executive Director, Scott Witzig, met with MJHS and MHS Orchestra Directors, Pete Martin and David Getz to discuss ideas for possible multi-year grants. Watch this video to learn more.
If you've been thinking about purchasing a Veterans Memorial paver to honor someone you know, or to honor all Veterans, now is the time to get it ordered. All orders must be in to the Morton Community Foundation office by no later than Monday, August 1, 2016 in order to be included in the downtown Memorial Plaza.
During the Spring 2016 competitive grant cycle, a $3,725 grant was approved for Lettie Brown Elementary PTO to purchase playground equipment. The Lettie Brown PTO has been working diligently to update their playground to make it more fun and entertaining, as well as to increase a life-long passion for fitness in their students.
This weekend might be a good time to consider, if you haven't already, making a donation to Memorial Plaza, and/or purchasing an engraved paver to honor the veteran(s) in your family. You may make a donation online or you can stop in the Foundation office for a form to make a donation in person or by mail. Let's fill up the memorial with pavers that recognize the folks who have served our country in this way.
Two former MHS female Lacrosse Club athletes, Hannah Grow, and Sydney Cooper, who went on to play LAX at the college level, have been honored with recognition at their respective colleges. And, recently, the IHSA announced that Lacrosse will be an official sport as of Spring 2018. All good news for Morton Lacrosse Club, which has only been around for a few short years.