January 9, 2017: The Tipp City Area Community Foundations announced today it’s reached a milestone in its 73rd year history of providing community support and charitable giving throughout Tipp City, Monroe and Bethel townships.

With the Foundations’ quarterly meeting held on December 14, 2016, board members voted and approved funding for 18 local organizations totaling more than $32,000. With this amount awarded, the Foundations reached an historic milestone and surpassed $2,000,000 in providing grant funds for local nonprofits.

This momentous occasion was reached as TCACF awarded a grant to “Tiny House”, a nurtured dream of Tippecanoe High School homebuilding teacher James Kitchen. Tiny House affords students a hands-on approach cultivating the abilities of youth helping them understand the impact each of us have on our environment. Building a “Tiny House” piques students’ awareness for the demand of sustainable products, which generate less waste, and uses less energy while providing cheaper and more flexible housing.

After being notified as being a recipient of a TCACF grant, James Kitchen affirmed, “We are very fortunate to have the support of the Tipp City Area Community Foundations. By funding our Tiny House Project, the Foundations are laying the groundwork for students to apply firsthand the skills they learn in a variety of disciplines.”

When asked what he thought is the greatest benefit of this initiative, James went on to explain “younger generations have become more aware of the importance of recycling and how we utilize raw materials. Our students are getting the opportunity to develop traditional construction and fabrication skills while weaving current ideas surrounding “green building” and “sustainable living”. James continued “…reducing the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment is a key element in this process. Students are involved in the entire process including the concept, design, sourcing of materials, and the physical construction.”

Jim Ranft, Chairman of the TCACF Distribution Committee made note of this momentous occasion and stated “The Foundations are proud to have reached this milestone and reiterate our support in and around the community for such worthy causes.” In addition, Dr. Ranft went on to explain “As always, we must thank our donors whose generosity makes it possible for the Foundations to provide community support now and for generations in the future.” 

The Tipp City Area Community Foundations award grants through a competitive application and review process and assist individuals, local businesses and institutions by making a positive impact in their hometown community and throughout our townships.