United Christian Giving, an organization dedicated to helping provide endowment funds to and networking Christ-centered evangelistic organizations, distributed more than $168,000 to 48 Christian schools, counseling services, day care centers and other nonprofits during a United Christian Giving awards luncheon on Monday at the Broadway Palm Theater in Fort Myers, Florida. On Tuesday, more than 180 people attended the distribution, where Christian organizations continued to be awarded challenge grants that would spur the recipients to raise the same amount of money awarded to them, doubling their funds.
Grants ranged from $750 to $5,000. The $168,000 in grants surpassed the organizations original goal of only $125,000, according to Frank Helmerich, a local real estate agent who founded United Christian Giving.
We are setting a goal of $200,000 for the 2004 challenge grant campaign, said Helmerich, who one day would like to raise $1 million annually.
Recipient-organizations who were awarded $5,000 included:
Community Christian School, LaBelle
Evangelical Christian School, Fort Myers
Gabriel House, Fort Myers
Kaio Student Ministries, Fort Myers
Lee Womens Center, Fort Myers
Liberty Youth Ranch, Collier County
Life Choice Crisis Pregnancy Center, Collier County
Lifeline Family Center, Cape Coral
Providence Christian School, Cape Coral
Restoration House, east Fort Myers
Sonshine Christian Academy, east of Fort Myers
Teen Challenge, Fort Myers
Teen Challenge, Arcadia
Temple Baptist Academy, North Fort Myers
WJYO FM-Radio, Fort Myers
Young Life, Charlotte County
Youth for Christ, Southwest Florida
For more information, go to: www.unitedchristiangiving.org