There’s a special community of donors who make recurring monthly donations to their favorite fund at the Community Foundation. Donors who make monthly gifts add to the impact a fund can have over time, making a big difference in the long-run.
One of those monthly donors is Susie Babcock. “I think what the Bioregion Reparation Fund promotes is worthwhile and valuable to our community,” said Babcock.
The Bioregion Reparation Fund began in 2018 thanks to Sister Veronica Blake and Sister Concepcion Gonzales. The Sisters established the Bioregion Reparation Fund, an endowed Donor Advised Fund, to continue their work of raising consciousness about environmental and sustainability issues.
Like many donors to the fund, Babcock met the Sisters at Full Circle through a young people’s eco-Christian group that they led called S.W.A.M.P. Though the group met almost 30 years ago, she said they have stayed connected through the years because, “we all believe and have tried to live by the same guiding beliefs stated in their Mission Statement.”
Full Circle’s top priority is to respond to issues of justice, peace, and integrity of creation. Together they are working to help repair, enhance, and sustain a world vibrant with promise. In keeping with that mission, the very first grant awarded from the Bioregion Reparation Fund went to the local Blue Water Area Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes in partnership with families in need using sustainable building design and construction. Sustainable―or “green”―building means designing and constructing houses that are efficient and durable, that use less resources, are healthy to live in and are affordable.
Habitat uses construction standards that focus on water and energy efficiency, safety and health, and materials conservation- values that line up well with the Bioregion Reparation Fund.
Today, local donors like Susie are joining donors from around the country that believe in the focus of the Bioregion Reparation Fund and are benefiting our community, one gift and one grant at a time.