The Cookie Jar

12 Years of Impact In Our Community

The Cookie Jar was established in 2010 as a way for the women of our community to have a greater impact through their giving. Any one of us could donate $100 to a local organization and they would be grateful; but would our gift have a measurable impact on their work? Probably not.

With 110 members this past year, The Cookie Jar, has become a driving force in our community. With each member donating $100 (or more) annually, they have developed real grantmaking power! The members use half of their annual gifts to award grants to organizations serving local women and girls; those are voted upon during the annual Soiree the first Thursday of November. The second half of their gifts are placed into a permanent endowment that will continue the work of The Cookie Jar for generations to come! The Forever Fund has grown to over $120,000.

Any woman is welcome to join our efforts! Memberships can be paid anytime between the fall Soiree and August 31, 2023.   A Cookie Jar membership also makes a great gift for the special women in your life! The recipient will be notified of the gift and invited to the Soiree where they will get to vote on the grant recipients as well.

Join Now! Donate online or mail your check, payable to Benton Community Foundation, to PO Box 351, Fowler, IN  47944.

In 12 years, the Cookie Jar has awarded nearly $90,000 in grants for a variety of programs: bullying, teen pregnancy, parenting, cancer prevention, and much more! At the same time, the forever fund has grown to over $100,000! Interested in applying for a Cookie Jar grant? Information will be posted on our grants page, when it becomes available each fall!