Geneseo teens give gifts

Posted Online: July 11, 2014, 1:13 pm
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By Claudia Loucks,
GENESEO – Teens with a GIFT of Foresight (TGF), a youth philanthropy program of the Geneseo is For Tomorrow (GIFT) Foundation, presented "gifts" to local non-profit organizations recently at an ice cream social in City Park.

TGF members awarded $3,500 in grants, inducted new members for the upcoming year and recognized graduating seniors for their service.

During the intermission of the Maple City Band's performance, TGF teen board members presented checks to grant recipients including Rebuilding Together, Braveheart Children's Advocacy Center, Henry County Youth Services Bureau, Good Samaritan Society Geneseo Village and the Geneseo Food Pantry.

GIFT Foundation president Mike Ricketts said TGF is a 9-month program where teen board members have the opportunity to grant funds to local community non-profit organizations. Throughout the year, the teens meet monthly with the grant applicants to learn about their organizations, needs, how they will use the funds and more, Mr. Ricketts said.

The teens "learn about philanthropy, endowments, grant-making and ultimately make the decisions of who the grant recipients will be and how much they will be awarded."

Mr. Ricketts said TGF board members provide "valuable insight from a caring youth perspective on issues facing our community. They are working on ways to raise awareness, as well as educate others in the power of giving, and the responsibility we all have to help make our community a better place for everyone who calls it home."

Mr. Ricketts said GIFT was established in 2002 by volunteers in Geneseo. It's a local community foundation that helps propel the community and surrounding areas into the future, he said.

TGF was launched in 2013.

For more information on TGF, visit or call 309-944-4438.


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