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Blackford County Promise fundraiser set June 18-22

    Since its inception in the fall of 2016, the Blackford County Promise program has been well received by not only the county’s youth but also by the local community that has offered support for the program which encourages youth and their families to think  about and plan for education and training after high school.

    Once again, program officials will be hosting a 1:1 Campaign during the week of June 18-22 to raise funds that will be used to help establish new CollegeChoice 529 accounts.  

    “All donations will be doubled… and help support existing accounts,” Elizabeth Witt,  Project Manager for Blackford County Promise, stated in a news release announcing the fundraiser.  “The goal this year is $15,000.”

    Donations can be mailed or made online at, but they must arrive at the Foundation the week of June 18-22 or they won’t be matched. Donations must arrive prior to 4:30 p.m. on June 22 to be matched.

    Last year, almost $11,000 was raised during the 1:1 Campaign. The funds were used to help establish new CollegeChoice 529 accounts.

    The Blackford County Promise is partnership between school and community leaders dedicated to the goal of establishing college savings accounts for all K-4 students in the county. The program allows children  to set up a savings account that is to be used for education after high school. Nearly 400 accounts have already been established.

    Funds can be used for many higher education expenses, including tuition, fees and certain room and board costs. This includes two-and four-year colleges, graduate schools (including law and medical), and vocational/technical schools.

    Funds can be used at any eligible school around the country and abroad—not just in Indiana.

    The Blackford County Promise program does not stop with just financial planning and support. In partnership with Blackford County Schools, the Promise program initiates activities that focus on college and career goal setting activities.

    The Blackford County Promise is supported by Promise Indiana. Promise Indiana helps communities around the state so that Hoosier youth dream about the future through classroom activities, college visits, and support for educational saving.

    To donate, visit or make checks payable to the Blackford County Community Foundation (PO Box 327, Hartford City, IN 47348) with “1:1 Campaign” in the memo.

    To learn more about the Blackford County Promise, visit, or contact Elizabeth Witt at the Blackford County Community Foundation at