JETT presents grants to 10 nonprofits

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JASPER — Jasper Endows Today & Tomorrow, or JETT, presented 10 grants totaling $12,450.00 in December to local and national nonprofit organizations.

Those organizations included: Mentors for Youth, $5,000; Anderson Woods, $3,000; Grace House, $1,000; ALASI, $640; Mentors for Youth, $510; Dubois County Leadership Academy, $500; Boy Scout Troop 130, $500; Tri-County YMCA, $500; Lincoln Hills Methodist Food Bank, $500; and Crisis Connection, $300.

“The additional grants to specific organizations were part of JETT’s Trivia Night fundraiser held in September,” said Mark Balsmeyer, JETT facilitator. “The winning team from that event got to choose their charity.”

JETT has awarded 45 grants since its inception in 2013, totaling $166,566.00.

“All of these charitable gifts would not be possible without the matching partnership of JASPER and our generous membership,” added Balsmeyer. “Couple that with several member-driven fundraising events, and we are blessed to be able to support our community’s nonprofit organizations.”

JETT is a giving circle for Associate-Owners of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, and their families, that focuses on pooling resources, creating a greater combined impact on communities. JETT’s goal is to learn more about philanthropic opportunities and support those organizations that promote smart giving. More than 500 volunteer hours were also donated by JETT members this year.

Each year a portion of member donations goes to building the JETT endowment, which currently totals more than $200,000. JETT membership has steadily increased from 29 members in 2013 to 148 in 2019.

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