Neighborhood Health announced as the recipient of The Big Give

Do it Best Foundation has announced Neighborhood Health as the recipient for The Big Give, a major philanthropic initiative created to make a positive impact in Northeast Indiana with a charitable grant of up to $150,000 to one area nonprofit organization.

The Big Give offered a special one-time grant opportunity for a single recipient to receive an initial award of $100,000, plus an additional $50,000 in matching funds. ​​The Do it Best Foundation Board selected Neighborhood Health as the recipient of The Big Give grant after a rigorous process, which began in May.

“The Do it Best Foundation is grateful to our donors for the opportunity to offer this large grant to Neighborhood Health. The Foundation saw great proposals submitted by a number of groups and organizations. Neighborhood Health makes a major impact in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana because of the organization’s focus on community health. The need is great, particularly in southeast Fort Wayne, and their plan to address infant mortality, among other critical areas of healthcare, aligns perfectly with the goals of the Foundation,” said Rich Lynch, president of the Do it Best Foundation and vice president of marketing for Do it Best.

Neighborhood Health recently announced a major investment in southeast Fort Wayne, as it acquired the Ward building at 3501 Warsaw St. and shared a vision for a community health center that will provide primary care, prenatal health services, dental, behavioral health and WIC wraparound support. In order to secure the full grant amount from the Do it Best Foundation, Neighborhood Health has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign. Community members can donate to the campaign by visiting this website. Neighborhood Health has a goal to raise $50,000 through this campaign in order to secure a 1:1 match through the Do it Best Foundation.

“In the nonprofit world, every cent matters in trying to accomplish your mission,” said Angie Zaegel, president and CEO of Neighborhood Health. “The Big Give grant is a significant investment into a project that will truly impact our community. The Ward project will allow Neighborhood Health to provide services in the heart of the Oxford community to help address critical health needs of residents, including a focus on preventing infant mortality.”

Added Lynch, “We hope the community will join us in supporting Neighborhood Health and ensuring their organization can achieve the full $50,000 match from The Big Give.”