Annual Report 2015
I am delighted to share The Pokagon Fund’s 2015 Annual Report, which may be accessed via the following link: www.pokagonfund2015ar.org. Our report provides a year-end summary of the Fund’s activities, a record of grants and issues supported, and a description of our contributions. The 2015 Annual report explores the crucial social value created within communities when individuals and organizations work together to nurture a culture of caring.
This year, we are introducing a digital, interactive format for our Annual Report, which is published in its entirety and configured as a website. We believe the digital format will offer more flexibility, higher levels of engagement and greater distribution. Please share your feedback on our new, online version.
Next year, we celebrate The Pokagon Fund’s 10th anniversary of our work as a grantmaking foundation. For the past 9 years, The Pokagon Fund has supported and enhanced the lives of residents who live in Harbor Country® by carefully stewarding, prudently investing, and mindfully distributing shared revenue received from the Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, which is owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi citizens. Since inception, the Fund has provided $22 million in grant awards to municipalities, charitable agencies, and service organizations throughout the New Buffalo Region and within Hartford and Dowagiac, Michigan, and South Bend, Indiana.
We are deeply proud of all that we and our partners have achieved so far, and mindful of the significant community challenges that still lie before us.
To meet those challenges, we understand our role to be responsible stewards of the financial resources with which we have been entrusted. Over the next year, our leadership will continue to be actively engaged in identifying the strengths and resources as well as the greatest needs of our community, which will allow us to make strategic investments in our community to enhance the quality of life for all. This report is intended to give you a clear and accurate picture of our ongoing efforts to carry out that stewardship.
The reason this is so important to us is that we know where we want our money to go: caring for those in need, caring for the environment, caring for children and caring for quality of life. Woven throughout our efforts to safeguard and spend wisely the money given to us, we can ensure it promotes our mission.
It is a privilege to join forces with our outstanding partners in this noble endeavor.