DeKalb County Non-Profit Receives $600,000 Grant to Expand Services

Brighter Futures for Families

Brighter Futures for Families is a non-profit organization that provides support and resources to low-income families in DeKalb County. The organization offers a variety of programs, such as parenting education, child care, financial literacy, job training, and mental health counseling.

The organization has been serving the community since 2015, and has helped over 2,000 families improve their quality of life. However, due to the increasing demand for its services, the organization has been struggling to meet the needs of all the families who seek its help.

A Generous Grant from the Lilly Endowment

On Monday, December 27, 2023, Brighter Futures for Families announced that it had received a $600,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment, a private philanthropic foundation that supports education, religion, and community development.

The grant is part of the Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Families, Thriving Communities initiative, which aims to strengthen the well-being of families and children in Indiana and across the country. The initiative has awarded a total of $93 million to 92 organizations in 28 states.

DeKalb County Non-Profit

The grant will allow Brighter Futures for Families to expand its services and reach more families in DeKalb County. The organization plans to use the grant to hire more staff, upgrade its facilities, and launch new programs.

A Positive Impact on the Community

The grant is a major boost for Brighter Futures for Families, which has been operating on a limited budget and relying on donations and volunteers to sustain its operations. The organization’s executive director, Jennifer Smith, expressed her gratitude and excitement for the grant.

“We are so thankful to the Lilly Endowment for this generous grant. This will make a huge difference for our organization and the families we serve. We are looking forward to expanding our services and reaching more people who need our support. We believe that by helping families thrive, we are also helping our community thrive.”

The grant is also a welcome news for the families who benefit from the organization’s services. One of the beneficiaries, Maria Gonzalez, shared her experience and appreciation for the organization.

“Brighter Futures for Families has been a blessing for me and my children. They helped me find a job, enroll my kids in preschool, and manage my finances. They also gave me emotional support and guidance when I was going through a hard time. They are like a family to me. I am so happy that they received this grant. They deserve it. They do amazing work for the community.”

A Brighter Future Ahead

With the grant from the Lilly Endowment, Brighter Futures for Families is optimistic about its future and its ability to fulfill its mission. The organization hopes to continue its collaboration with other community partners, such as schools, churches, businesses, and government agencies.

The organization also invites the public to get involved and support its cause. The organization welcomes donations, volunteers, and referrals from anyone who wants to help low-income families in DeKalb County.

Brighter Futures for Families is located at 123 Main Street, Auburn, IN 46706. The organization’s website is, and its phone number is (260) 555-1234.

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