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Give where you live

Star Herald Editorial

It’s no secret that citizens, businesses and organizations in Luverne and Rock County are among the most generous in the nation.
It’s a badge we proudly bear on occasions when told our Dollars for Scholars is second in the nation (first in terms of scholarship amounts awarded per student) or when we learn our little community raises more money for the American Cancer Society than most cities three times our size.
But we don’t always hear about the donations made quietly without fanfare and the efforts to help families and individuals behind the scenes, without requests for press releases and pictures in the paper.
That’s why the Luverne Area Community Foundation’s annual Celebration of Philanthropy is such a big deal.
The Star Herald attends the event, which invites both donors and recipients to celebrate the difference that generosity can make in a community. It goes without saying that it’s truly a cause for celebration.
Monday night, Dec. 5, at Take 16 Brewing Company in Luverne, LACF again recognized and celebrated businesses, nonprofits and individuals who benefit from and support the foundation’s mission of strengthening the community.
“This night is to celebrate you,” LACF director Emily Crabtree told the group.
This year 23 local organizations received over $68,500 in grant funding from the foundation.
Monday evening offered an opportunity for grant recipients to explain their missions and how they use their funds.
“When you give a gift to the Luverne Area Community Foundation, you are helping support the grant requests that come from the not-for-profit organizations that work for the strength and health of our communities,” Crabtree said.
Another important takeaway from the evening is that gifts to the LACF Community Grant Fund help the organizations receive the funding needed to fill the gaps or strengthen the programs they are running for the communities we live in. 
The point is, if you want to make a difference, if you want to create impact, make part of your annual giving to the LACF Community Grant Fund.
The Luverne Area Community Foundation can be reached at 507-220-2424 or

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