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Poshard Foundation receives grant

Glenn Poshard (from left), Mike Murray, a trustee of the George A. Bates Memorial Foundation, and Jo Poshard talk about how The Poshard Foundation was chosen to receive a grant from the Bates Foundation on Tuesday at John A. Logan College. 

The Poshard Foundation usually makes the news giving away money. Today, they are receiving money.

Mike Murray of Carbondale, a trustee on the board of the George A. Bates Memorial Foundation, delivered a check for $10,000 to the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.

Murray said the three trustees of the Bates Foundation, which is based in the Chicago area, meet once a year to give away money.

“There are eight organizations that I promote,” Murray said.

In those organizations, he looks for dedication to the mission of that organization and passion for the cause. Jo and Glenn Poshard have both, Murray noted.

“When I hand this check off, I know it’s in good hands,” Murray said.

Glenn Poshard explained the Poshard Foundation does not have much of a budget. No one takes a salary, and John A. Logan provides office space. Every dollar that comes in will be used to help children in Southern Illinois.

He called the grant from the Bates Foundation a “substantial grant.”

“We don’t get this size of grants every day,” Glenn Poshard said.

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He said they may use part of the grant to help the Poshard Foundation do more outreach to organizations that can help fund their work.

“It won’t go toward rent or salaries. It will go to help children,” Jo Poshard said.

Murray said The Poshard Foundation is one of three new charities he promoted to the George A. Bates Foundation trustees. First, the names of new charities go to the organization’s lawyer who does research on them. Organizations have to be 501 c3 charities, and they do not support organizations who have had “bad press.”

A few years ago, Murray said they restructured and reduced the number of charities the Bates Foundation supports. One of the first questions they asked is which organizations did not thank them the previous year.

“We should be good. Anybody who gives us as much as $1 gets a personalized thank you,” Glenn Poshard said.

“I have seen Glenn and Jo Poshard over the years. I felt they fit our mission with education and health,” Murray said.

Jo Poshard explained that most Southern Illinois counties have 2.5 times the state rate of child abuse. It is why the Poshard Foundation exists. Their motto is, “Every child deserves a safe place, a safe person, and a safe community.”

“We get them the things that traditional funding does not give them,” Jo Poshard said.

The Bates Foundation has supported other local charities, including: the College of Engineering at SIU through 10 $1,000 scholarships for freshmen and sophomores in and a leadership development program; Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale, a school for children and teens with complex learning disabilities; Saluki Kids Academy, a children’s program at SIU; LEAD SI, an effort to stop the flow of talented young people from Southern Illinois by training and empowering them to one day be regional leaders; and SIH Cancer Institute.

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