Want to hear about a creative way to make money? Well Tyler Girton, a junior at Greenfield Central High School, has the ticket! Tyler clips coupons to save money on his family groceries. In turn, his parents give him the dollars saved as a result of his efforts. Many teens could find creative ways to spend this money on themselves and their friends, but Tyler has taken a different route. For several years now, he has been donating these funds to charity. Tyler’s parents recognized his efforts and encouraged him to create a more permanent vehicle for his giving. Tyler is utilizing HCCF’s acorn fund model to establish his own charitable fund. An acorn fund is an endowment that allows the donor to grow assets of a fund over ten years. When the endowment reaches $10,000, a portion of its income will be used to make grants to nonprofits. Tyler’s fund is a donor advised fund, a tool allowing him to give HCCF his recommendations for grantees. HCCF confirms the charitable status of the recommendation and administers the grants. How does one so young raise $10,000? Tyler’s come up with a creative way to do so. He is identifying individuals and companies who have unclaimed property. Upon doing so, he sends them a letter making them aware of the situation and inviting them to donate the unclaimed asset to his fund. “What an ingenious way to encourage others to give,” shares Tim Clark, Ameriana Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “I was so impressed when I received Tyler’s letter to Ameriana Bank, I wrote a personal check to his fund at HCCF.” After graduation, Tyler plans to pursue a pharmaceutical degree. At 26 years old, he will be in a position to continue his giving habit through annual income from the Tyler Girton Charitable Endowment Fund.
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