Pearce Foundation Scholarship
The Pearce Foundation Scholarship is for IVC Students that have displayed a strong record of community service and volunteerism. Download the application here. (updated 03/08/18)
Pearce Foundation History
Pearce Foundation was incorporated on April 10, 1995. Initially funding came from a bequest from Barb Truitt. In her will, she bequeathed one million dollars in cash and $942,081 in farmland to Pearce Community Center.
The Foundation was created to provide an endowment fund for planned gifts and donations to Pearce Community Center. The mission of the Pearce Foundation is “to attract financial resources for the purpose of providing long-term financial security to Pearce Community Center.”
Since established, Pearce Community Center membership fees have only covered day-to-day operations of the Center. The Pearce Foundation has provided needed funds for facility improvements and upgrades including our playground and camp room, gym and track, and remodeling projects throughout the building.
The Pearce Foundation is an Illinois non-profit corporation operating under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Since its inception, Pearce Foundation has distributed more than two million dollars to Pearce Community Center for all major projects, remodels, and expansions including: roof repair, second floor window replacement, second floor renovation and remodel, locker room remodel, pool, new computers, fitness area expansion and equipment, Spinning® room addition and equipment, front entrance remodel, Exergame room addition and equipment, parking lot expansion, playground, women’s fitness room, and air conditioning for the new gym and track.
2017 Pearce Foundation Scholarship Winner
Pearce Foundation president Andy Ruhland awarded the annual $5,000 Pearce Foundation scholarship during the IVC graduation ceremony to Molly Prewitt. The scholarship is presented to a graduating IVC senior who exemplifies volunteerism in the community.
Molly started playing soccer at Pearce at a young age and continued taking tumbling classes. In junior high, she joined the volleyball league at Pearce and recently became a staff member, working as a Summer Camp counselor.
While volunteering at Pearce, Molly helped with Spooktacular and assisted coaching a volleyball team. In addition to her Pearce volunteer efforts, she has helped sandbag during floods, lay mulch, and tutoring in the community. She went to YFC Camp as part of the Project Serve Team for a week where she cooked, cleaned, and helped run activities for campers. During high school, she participated in IVC Campus Life and a number of sports, band, and choir programs.
Molly will be attending Truman State in Missouri as a biology major. After that, she plans to continue her education with advanced study in either education or medicine.
The Pearce Foundation, established in 1993, attracts financial resources through Foundation membership fees, planned giving, and donations for the purpose of providing long-term financial security to Pearce Community Center.
Pearce Foundation Memberships
Pearce Foundation Memberships have all the benefits of a regular membership plus so much more. You will enjoy all Pearce has to offer, plus savings on merchandise, programs, and tax deductibility.
Foundation Membership Extras
Get more out of you Pearce experience by using the benefits offered through Pearce Foundation Membership. First, bring a friend with you – guest privileges are free (one guest per on-site Foundation member daily). Second, save 25% on most classes, programs, and events. Finally, enjoy a 10% discount on our Before and After School Care, Summer Camp, and Pro Shop purchases.
Since part of your Pearce Foundation Membership is a donation to the Pearce Foundation, you can use this donation as a tax deduction on your income taxes if you qualify. At year end, Pearce Community Center will give you information on your tax deductible donation to Pearce Foundation. Please consult your tax professional regarding tax deduction and charitable donations.
Click here to download a PDF version of the Pearce Foundation brochure.
Planned giving is not annual fund-raising. Planned giving is long-range fund-raising that, in time, could provide Pearce Community Center with a secure financial future. Simply put, Planned Giving is defined as any type of gift that has an impact on an individual’s overall estate plan. Some of the more common instruments of planned giving are:
- Lifetime Gifts
- Estate Bequests
- Life Insurance
- Charitable Gift Annuities
- Charitable Remainder Unitrusts
- Charitable Lead Trusts
The above instruments are not intended to represent an exclusive list of planned giving options. Discussions with your personal professional advisors are likely to reveal additional options that satisfy your unique financial situation.
In time of loss, it may seem no gesture is significant enough to symbolize what your loved one meant to you. But you can do something to honor their memory. You can request memorial donations be made to the Pearce Foundation to support Pearce Community Center. This is a simple and heartwarming way for others to pay tribute and a meaningful way to celebrate a loved one’s life.
Click here to download a PDF version of the Planned Giving brochure.