Board members from Warren County Leadership Institute and Warren County Philanthropic Partnership join for a photograph to mark the donation to the Warren County Trails Endowment Fund.

The Warren County Leadership Institute Class of 2018 recently donated $4,605 to the Warren County Trails Endowment Fund, a fund held by Warren County Philanthropic Partnership.

With the donation, WCPP can now award an annual grant for projects in Warren County directly related to trail improvements. WCPP will offer a grant of $500 beginning in 2019.

The Warren County Trails Endowment Fund was started by the WCLI Class of 2014 as its class project. The class collaborated with Rotary Club of Indianola during Rotary’s annual bicycle ride to raise awareness of the fund. Rotary Club was generous enough to donate all of the money raised by that year’s bicycle ride to the Class of 2014 for the endowment.

“The Class of 2014 had a lofty goal when it chose to open an endowment. With dedication, time and generous donations, their dream is now a reality,” said Emily Roush-Bobolz, Executive Director of WCPP and former WCLI board member. 

The endowment has increased with donations and the most recent donation by WCLI brings the fund to “fully-funded,” allowing for awards to be given from the fund. 

Applications are expected to becoming available in mid-January.